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Rob Lowe says Tom Cruise went "ballistic" during 'The Outsiders' audition

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Rob Lowe has recalled his experience sharing a room with Tom Cruise during the audition for The Outsiders, in which the Mission: Impossible actor went “ballistic”.

On the podcast Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard, Lowe told the story regarding a second stage of auditions for Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 coming-of-age film.

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“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,” Lowe explained.

“[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.”

He continued, praising the actor who was 18 at the time. “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.”

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Tom Cruise in ‘The Outsiders’ (CREDIT: Warner Bros.)

The Outsiders was adapted from the 1967 novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton, taking inspiration from Jo Ellen Misakian, a librarian at Lone Star Elementary School in California, and her students.

Referring specifically to Cruise, the actor said: “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…

“He ended up being the only one who could do a backflip. It is in the movie for no reason. Just to do it.”

Elsewhere, Dougray Scott said last month that Tom Cruise prevented him from playing Wolverine.

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