Actor Rob Lowe once said that he got into a fight with Tom Cruise while filming Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders in 1983.
The ‘West Wing’ star, who was a member of the 1980s acting ‘Brat Pack,’ was rehearsing a fight scene with Tom when he unintentionally struck him in the face, prompting his co-star to respond with such ferocity that they had to be separated.
Neither man was a big name at the time, but Lowe played a bigger part in the film. It’s worth noting that this was Lowe’s first film, whereas Cruise’s third. Nonetheless, most people remember Sodapop rather than Steve Randle, who was played by Cruise.
Back in 2011, when discussing about Tom Cruise’s bad temper, Rob Lowe recounted the fight.
“We all beat the living s**t out of one another, we really did,” Rob Lowe claimed. “I got one clean shot on Tom, and Tom is such a competitive lunatic – which is what I love about him – but the next thing you know he’s ready to kill me.” Lowe added, “We were all competitive. It wasn’t just Tom. We were hardcore,” while talking about his fight on The Outsiders sets with Tom Cruise.
He added, “But Tom. Listen, he was up for my part and I thought he was going to get it. And Tom’s Tom. He’s a whole lot of guy. It’s like the United States and China right now. If you treat China like a foe surely she will become one. It was all good. But he was the one I was worried about.”
Despite being on the bottom rung of the movie’s hierarchy, people may imagine that these two would have kept their cool and not done anything to risk getting sent out, but that was not the case. In fact, Cruise had troubles that sprang from the audition itself.
Lowe also revealed that Tom went crazy when he learned that they would be sharing a room at a New York City hotel while shooting the film. Despite all of this, Rob stated that he had no animosity against the Top Gun star.
“(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. 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 that an 18-year-old actor with a walk-on part in ‘Endless Love’ and, like, a seventh lead in ‘Taps’ could have that kind of like wherewithal,” Lowe remarked.
The young actor should have been appreciative a little more because things quickly escalated beyond just sharing a room with someone.
According to Lowe, “…in his effort to make us more authentic as greasers, as sort of tough Tulsa, sort of wrong side of the tracks guys, (he) found a bunch of different actual greasers who were now grown-up adults and made us go spend the night and live with them.”
Rob found himself turned into a megastar while barely being out of his teens after appearances in ‘The Outsiders’ and ‘St. Elmo’s Fire,’ and he says that his quick ascent to stardom led to him partying too hard.
Rob was romancing Princess Stephanie of Monaco while filming ‘Illegally Yours,’ which was released in 1988, and he confesses he can look back on that moment and see how he was letting his career go.
“Only in hindsight do you go, ‘This is the beginning of the end. I should have known’,” said the 47-year-old actor, who recently wrote his memoirs ‘Stories I Only Tell My Friends.’ “I was out gallivanting with a princess while the movie I was supposed to be doing was completely falling apart.
“My eye was not minding the store at all. I had nobody in my life who was doing it, which is what our good friend Mr. Cruise never stopped doing. Never, ever, ever. He had the ability to say, ‘I’m making a movie right now, I’m playing a character, so you need to go away while I do this.’ He has that ability.”
Meanwhile, Tom Cruise is preoccupied on Mission: Impossible 7, which will be released this year, and Mission: Impossible 8, which will be released in 2024. According to recent reports, Rob Lowe will star in and executive produce the Netflix film Dog Gone.