July 03, 2015 09:30 AM

Before Tom Cruise, who turns 53 on Friday, was a mega-movie star and an age-defying action hero (just check out the Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation trailer for proof), he was a teenager starring in his first film role, 1981’s Endless Love.

Sporting a pair of jean short-shorts (it was the ’80s, after all), no shirt and a shaggy hairdo, Cruise delivered his big monologue.

“Eight years old and I was into arson,” he says in the scene. “No, I’m serious! I lit a whole pile of newspapers. You ever try to light a whole pile of wet newspapers? Jeez, it smokes like crazy. I got real scared, see. Do you wanna hear the wild part? It’s like I’m a hero or something. They thought I saved the whole block. To this day, my mother thinks I’m a hero.”

Cruise had a slightly more high-pitched tone, but other than that, he’s barely aged a day!

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