Rob Lowe Says Tom Cruise Went “Ballistic" During The Outsiders Audition

Rob Lowe has recalled how Tom Cruise went "ballistic" at having to share a hotel room with him as they were auditioning for 'The Outsiders'.

Tom Cruise went "ballistic" when he had to share a room with Rob Lowe as they were preparing to film The Outsiders.

Speaking on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast, Lowe recalled how the pair had been asked to go from Los Angeles to New York during the casting process of Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 drama and Cruise was furious about sharing a room at The Plaza Hotel.

Lowe, 56, said: "All of the LA people survived the LA auditions, and then the hand-picked people had to go to New York to face the New York version.

"So it was me and Tom and Emilio [Estevez] and C Thomas Howell.

"[It was the] first time I ever stayed at The Plaza Hotel, and we check-in and Tom finds out we're sharing a room and just goes ballistic."

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Back in the day: The cast of 'The Outsiders' — (back row, from left) Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, (front row, from left) Emilio Estevez, Ralph Macchio, C Thomas Howell, and Tom Cruise.

The West Wing star believes that Cruise's tantrum showed his desire to succeed as an actor and that he demanded high standards. Lowe explained: "To me, what's great about the story is, there's certain people who have always been who they are, and that element of them has powered them to where they are today and the rest is history. And the notion than an 18-year-old with a walk-on part in Endless Love and like a seventh lead in Taps could have that kind of like wherewithal.

"I remember going, 'Wow, this guy is the real deal.' I mean it made me laugh, it was gnarly. But in the end of it, you can't argue with the results. He's had his eye on the ball since day one." 

Listen to the full interview here. 

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