Rob Lowe Says Tom Cruise Went “Ballistic” And Refused To Share A Hotel Room With Him During “The Outsiders”
Because people like to please pretty people, Rob Lowe has probably been told his entire life that he’s also smart and funny. Therefore, Rob has jokes for days and thinks he’s cute. And while his jokes are terrible, he has perfected the art of the petty drag. Which I appreciate! According to People, Rob was feeling especially shady on a recent episode of Armchair Expert with Dax Shepherd and praised Tom Cruise’s “wherewithal” for always knowing he’d be a star by telling a story about Tom going “ballistic” at the thought of sharing a hotel room with him during the audition process for The Outsiders. Rob reaching all the way back 1983 to take a little shit on Tom is the 2020 content that dreams are made of given that aspirations for 2020 are at an all-time low.
I guess Tom always knew he was destined to be a big star in a little star’s body (filled with tiny aliens). According to Rob, he sure acted that way. Imagine thinking you were going to end up being a bigger deal than Rob, Emilio Estevez, and C. Thomas Howell! Sure he went on to make a couple of blockbusters, but has he done blackface? Well, we’ll never know, that’s between Tom and his auditor.
“All of the L.A. people survived the L.A. auditions, and then the hand-picked people had to go to New York to face the New York version,” Lowe explained. “So it was me and Tom Cruise 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 that we’re sharing a room and just goes ballistic,” the actor recalled with a laugh.
Maybe he clocked the flashing red light in the corner of the room coming from Rob’s camcorder? At any rate, here’s where Rob really won me over. The library? Oh, it’s an essential service in #theseuncertaintimes, and It. Is. Open.
“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,” Lowe said. “And the notion that an 18-year-old actor with a walk-on part in Endless Love and like a 7th lede in Taps could have that kind of like wherewithal.”
“I remember going, ‘Wow, this guy is the real deal,'” he said. “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.”
The 7th lead in Taps? For your information, Rob, Tom was the 5th lead. Tom didn’t join the Navy and spend months getting tortured and abused to be called the “7th lead.” No, that shit’s for OT VII’s and below. Rob went on to describe Tom’s “relentless” competitiveness when it came to learning the stunts required for the shoot.
“He ended up being the only one who could do a backflip. It is in the movie The Outsiders for no reason,” Lowe said. “Just to do it.”
I’d like to see Rob do a backflip in cha cha heels. And to think, Tom didn’t even end up getting a good nickname in The Outsiders (he played Steve Randle to Rob’s Sodapop), not even after besting all his co-stars at unnecessary gymnastics. Here’s the scene. I love how the landing is obscured by the car. I think he landed on his ass. I blame the cha cha heels.
They could have at least called him Pommel-horse Boy!
Pic: Warner Bros.