Rob Lowe Tells How He And Tom Cruise Were Forced To Stay In The Strangers’ Basement During ‘The Outsiders’ Filming
Actor Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe starred the movie as two young actors for the adaptation of The Outsiders novel, which was filmed in 1983, and at that time they were not very famous. Lowe told some of the experiences they had in those days.
The Outsiders is a drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, which tells the dramatic story of two gangs shot based on Susan Eloise Hinton’s novel of the same name. C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, and Diane Lane starred in the movie. Also, Tom Cruise had a minor role in the movie.
Rob Lowe describes those days as follows:
“When we were doing The Outsiders we’re 18 and 19 years old. It’s Francis Ford Coppola, the director who directed The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, and the most intense kind of director imaginable. And in his effort to make us more authentic as greasers, as tough Tulsa wrong-side-of-the-tracks guys, he found a bunch of actual different Greasers who were now grown-up adults. And made us go spend the night and live with them.”
Rob Lowe said that Tom Cruise and he were stayed at strangers’ house and slept in the basement during the filming of the movie. He continued:
“They came to us at rehearsal and like ‘Ok so we’re gonna divide you up. Rob, Tom you guys are gonna go stay with Bill and Sandy Webber. And we just went to their little house and had dinner. Tom and I ended up in the basement on two cots. And we’re like ‘We don’t know these people.’ I mean, who vetted them? Do you think Francis Ford Coppola spent a lot of time vetting these people? I can tell you he didn’t.”
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