From A.N. Devers’ ‘Top Bathtub Longreads of 2011’: Rob Lowe on his audition for The Outsiders:
I start talking to the kid from back East. He’s open, friendly, funny, and has an almost robotic, bloodless focus and an intensity that I’ve never encountered before. His name is Tom Cruise.
It will be survival of the fittest for all of us. We will need to intimidate, dominate, and crush our competitors for these roles of a lifetime. But there’s no reason we can’t try to stay friends while we do it.
“What part are you reading for?” I ask Tom.
“Christ, up until today, it was Sodapop, but Francis has everyone switching parts, and bringing us all in and out while everyone watches everyone else! I just got done reading Darrel.”