The Outsiders

Tom Cruise (far right) was a greaser in “The Outsiders.” This publicity shot from the filmed-in-Tulsa movie shows cast members (from left) Emilio Estevez as Two-Bit Matthews, Rob Lowe as Sodapop Curtis, C. Thomas Howell as Ponyboy Curtis, Matt Dillion as Dallas Winston, Ralph Macchio as Johnny Cade, Patrick Swayze as Darrel Curtis and Cruise as Steve Randle.

The random news of the week: Justin Bieber used social media to challenge Tom Cruise to a fight.

Where should it take place? How about greaser turf?

Danny O’Connor is willing to make the backyard of The Outsiders House Museum available as a staging ground if and when Bieber and Cruise choose to rumble.

It wouldn’t be the first time Cruise “fought” in Tulsa. He played a greaser, Steve Randle, in “The Outsiders,” a 1983 movie that was filmed in Tulsa.

The Outsiders House, where the Curtis Brothers lived in the movie, was among many area filming locations, and it is being refurbished into a museum by O’Connor, a House of Pain rapper who loves the movie. The rumble scene at the end of the flick took place not far from The Outsiders House.

Bieber’s challenge to Cruise (there’s a 31-year age difference) has made the rounds on social media since Bieber posted this June 9 on his Twitter account: “I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the octagon. Tom if you (don’t) take this fight (you’re) scared and you will never live it down. Who is willing to put on the fight?”

O’Connor is willing to host and officiate. He played a fight referee in the video for the Sepultura song “Attitude,” and he offered his services as a referee for a possible Cruise-Bieber fight.

For updates about the Outsiders House Museum, go to the Outsiders House Facebook page.

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Jimmie is a pop culture and feature writer at the Tulsa World. A former Oklahoma sports writer of the year, he has written books about former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer and former Oklahoma State football coach Pat Jones. Phone: 918-581-8389