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Rob Lowe slept in a stranger's basement while filming in Tulsa

Posted at 12:20 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 15:31:10-04

TULSA, Okla. — He's a Hollywood legend now, but in 1983 Rob Lowe was an up and coming actor cast in a film shooting in Tulsa.

The film turned out to be an adaptation of "The Outsiders" by Tulsa native S.E. Hinton. It shot on location in Tulsa in the early 80s, directed by Academy Award winner Francis Ford Coppola. That shoot made Tulsa home to some young actors before they're careers took off: Lowe, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio and C. Thomas Howell.

Lowe remembers his time in Tulsa fondly, he's even come back to visit the house where much of the film was shot.

Rob Lowe stops by The Outsiders House

Now he's sharing some stories from that time on his new podcast, "Literally." One story is the time he and Tom Cruise slept in a stranger's basement in Tulsa. Lowe said Coppola thought it would help them find their characters.

Lowe said he and Cruise slept in a basement on two cots. The film became a success and helped launch the careers of many of the actors involved.

The house house where the filming took place is now a museum in north Tulsa.

WATCH the full video from an interview Lowe did on The Kelly Clarkson show:

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