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8 sets of famous college roommates

By: Matt Hickman on Nov. 15, 2013, 10 a.m.
Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson, college roommates

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Owen Wilson and Wes Anderson

Given the casting choices of Hollywood’s reigning king of twee, it’s obvious that Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson are extremely tight. After all, Wilson has appeared in all of Anderson’s films with the exception of 2012’s “Moonrise Kingdom” and 1998’s “Rushmore,” which Wilson co-wrote.

Lesser known is the fact that the frequent collaborators became roommates while students after bonding during a playwriting class during their sophomore year at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to teaming up for 1993’s “Bottle Rocket,” the duo teamed up on a term paper (or, rather, Anderson wrote a term paper for Wilson). But as a 1998 profile in the Texas Monthly explains, “… it wasn’t until they began cooking up schemes to end a lengthy dispute with their landlord over his refusal to fix several broken windows — a feud that ultimately drove them to stage a mock break-in and later to move out in the middle of the night, only to be tracked down by a private investigator — that their ‘grandiosely absurd’ vision, in the words of ‘Rushmore’ producer Barry Mendel, was born.”