Rob Lowe talks ‘The West Wing’ & ‘Brothers & Sisters,’ sounds like a d-bag

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Rob Lowe covers the new issue of GQ, the October issue. Ryan Reynolds has a cover too – I covered that earlier. Lowe is promoting his new TV show, The Grinder, with Fred Savage. It looks like a sort of stupid show and when I watched the promo for it, I was like, “Really, Rob? This is what you wanted to do?” I bring that up because Rob has history of being somewhat difficult, especially on long-running TV shows. There was a lot of drama on The West Wing, and then again on Brothers & Sisters. GQ asked Rob about that stuff and more. And he sounded like a cocky douche. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

The Brat Pack: “In 1985, right before St. Elmo’s Fire opened, New York magazine labeled Emilio, Sean Penn, Tom Cruise, Judd Nelson, and me ‘Hollywood’s Brat Pack.’ It was hard. We were totally minimized—like we were indistinguishable pretty people. But the irony was, it ended up being a piece that was too hip for the room. The snark was completely lost on the rest of the country. Everybody just thought it was fucking great. You know, I’ve had Peyton and Eli Manning come up to me and play scenes from St. Elmo’s Fire. I’ve had Gwyneth Paltrow play scenes from St. Elmo’s Fire. So after years of that, I’m down with the Brat Pack.”

Leaving The West Wing: “When I left The West Wing [after contract talks broke down in the fourth season], I remember Martin Sheen taking me aside and saying, ‘Boy, I sure hope you know where you’re headed with this. I mean, man, you’d better have Steven Spielberg offering to put you in a movie.’ I was like, ‘Well, no, I don’t.’ But look, I love a negotiation where they make it really easy for you. I love it when it’s like a ‘take it or leave it’ that’s insulting. In the end, I could have lived with the fact that everyone on the show had gotten a raise but me—if I felt that we really knew what the story lines were going to be. One writer on the show told me he was in a meeting in which they told him to write whatever he wanted. He goes, ‘I want to write a story about Sam Seaborn going back to Ohio to deal with his father who has Alzheimer’s.’ The response: ‘You can write for anybody but him.’ I’m not even sure that it was Aaron Sorkin who said it. Aaron may know nothing about it.”

The West Wing was grueling: “…And I loved The West Wing. But man, it was grueling. We shot near the Friends stage, and we would roll in at, like, 6 in the morning, and the ‘friends’ would come in, in their Ferraris and Lamborghinis, like, at 11:30 a.m., and by midnight they would have shot their show. They’d be gone and we’d be there until 6 in the morning. The sun would rise. That would never happen in TV today. Never. They’d never pay for the overtime. It was a moment in time, both in terms of the economics of the business and how successful the show was. Aaron had the kind of latitude to do it. It will never be done again.”

Why he quit Brothers & Sisters: “I left Brothers & Sisters when they ran out of storytelling runway. I mean, there are so many family dinners you can do. I eventually had to go to them and say, ‘Look, I don’t do spatula work. I don’t do scenes with oven mitts. If you’re looking for that, you’ve got the wrong guy. I’m not doing scenes about casseroles. It’s not happening.’ ”

[From GQ]

As a West Wing loonie, I can safely say that the show got SO MUCH better once Rob Lowe left. Maybe it was the Sam character, maybe it was the writing, maybe it was Rob’s performance, whatever it was, the show got better. So while I’m not mad that he left that show, I do think he could probably find another way to talk about it? As for Brothers & Sisters, I never watched that show but it’s sort of in the title that it’s going to be about family and dinner table scenes and stuff. And why the ‘tude about that? Why is it “I don’t do spatula work”? Because Rob Lowe is somehow “above” telling stories about family drama? But he’s not above a stupid show like The Grinder?

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  1. mimif says:

    If it sounds like a d-bag and looks like a d-bag…

  2. 7-11's Hostage says:

    When I see him, I only think of his “Don’t be like them” commercials.

    • Jonesy says:

      Yep, me too. “I’m Super Creepy Rob Lowe, and I have cable.”

      • danielle says:

        This is awesome. Martin sheen called him boy! “Boy, u better have a Spielberg movie lined up!” “No, but I have commercials for direct TV or dish, can’t remember which…”

  3. minx says:

    How was he on Parks and Rec? I never really watched that.

  4. Irma says:

    Yea he supposedly was difficult on Parks and Recreation too. He was great for that character though. Perfectly cast show all around IMO. So he’s known to be full of himself.

    • korra says:

      Really? Where did they talk about this?

    • Michelle says:

      I heard that too a few times. Supposedly he wanted the show to revolve around him and he and Amy didn’t get along.

    • funcakes says:

      Yeah, same story with West Wing. He wanted majority of the storyline,more money and top billing. We see how that worked out.

      • Mdad says:

        Heard similar things. He also always submitted himself in the “Lead Actor in a Comedy” category at Emmy time for Park and Rec, even though he was in an obviously supporting role. That points to some serious ego.

      • MyCatLoves TV says:

        I think The West Wing was supposed to be “his show” but when all was said and done, it was Josh’s character that was the breakout star. Actually, the entire ensemble was amazing and I loved it from the pilot until the bitter end. I liked Sam’s character but I never missed him after he left. (The one character that I did not like was Mandy from Season One. Fingernails down a chalkboard that one.)

    • Carol says:

      He did a hilarious spoof with the P&R cast that he was coming in as the “star” and making all sorts of demands. I find it hard to believe they would all participate in the short if it were true.

  5. J says:

    Brothers and Sisters struggled in later years, that is true. However, everyone else stuck it out and was committed to the show they agreed to be on. He has cut out on every show he has done 1) west wing 2) brothers and sisters 3) Parks and Recreation. He bailed on all of them, I feel like he and Patrick Dempsy are the same in that they want to be and think they should be more famous than they actually are.

    • WinnieCoopersMom says:

      Well let’s not get carried away. Dempsey was on Grey’s for 11 years. Eleven!! There’s a difference in leaving bc you’re burned out and leaving bc you think you’re too good for what you’re doing.

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      He was always a secondary character in B&S, it’s not like he was central to the show, and his character’s death actually gave it some much needed dramatic punch.

    • holly hobby says:

      Yeah I wouldn’t lump Dempsey in with Rob. He hung in there for a decade and would have honored his 2 year contract if the pettiness didn’t happen.

  6. frisbee says:

    I’m confused so in the interests of transatlantic communication is d-bag worse than dickhead? If it’s worse then I’d say he sounds like a wanker. If it’s not as bad as dick-head he’d sound more like a prat talking bollocks, particularly for the kitchen implements remarks. And what the bloody hell does “I’m not doing scenes about casseroles. It’s not happening.’ ” even mean?

    • mimif says:

      Hm. Okay, John Hamm is a dickhead, John Mayer is a douchebag, Prince William is a wanker, half the people on this site (myself included) are prats talking bollocks and…pretty sure Jennifer Garner is doing scenes with casseroles.

      FIN

    • WinnieCoopersMom says:

      LOL basically, he is above acting in scenes where it’s the family in the kitchen talking together (I also picture ‘Parenthood’ here). He wants to be in a more “important” show like something on HBO/Netflix from what I gather, rather than ABC/NBC.

      IMO,
      d*ck = assh0le (John Mayer).
      D*ckhead = butthead (Adam Sandler).
      Dbag = dude bro/frat guy/jersey shore (Brian Austin Green)
      But they can overlap, like I think an ahole/dbag would be Shia LaBeouf. Or a d*ckhead/dbag would be Justin Bieber…I just put way too much thought into this lol

    • frisbee says:

      Thank you both! Right then, that means douchbag (US) equals (UK) wanker. Sounds like La Beouf is also a ‘wanker’ with added ‘prat’ whilst Beiber is basically a prat but can be a total wanker when the occasion demands.. I don’t think half the people on this site are prats talking bollocks – that’s a bit harsh, there are some prats (also known as trolls) but most are more like plonkers talking bollocks with ‘total plonkers’ (like me) talking bollocks completely off point.
      I’m glad we’ve got that cleared up *sigh*

      • LAK says:

        Ooohhhhh Frisbee, great work on our transatlantic British American translation dictionary.

        Sooooo as I understand it:

        D*ckhead = prat
        d*ck = twat
        douchebag = wanker
        A**hole = see you next Tuesday?

      • WinnieCoopersMom says:

        This is quite informative! I love hearing about UK slang. While we are on the topic, is “bloody” considered to be the UK equivalent of “f*cking?” ( And I don’t mean in the sense of “shagging”..I got that lol) Always wanted to know this.

      • frisbee says:

        @ LAK I think A**hole is a word we share. What’s interesting is that we add the ‘r’ before the ‘s’ but Americans leave the ‘r’ out – it’s usually the other way around – they leave their ‘u’s’ out all over the place as well – shocking.
        I’m now not sure about Sh*tbag. I thought that might be douchebag but we’ve established that’s wanker. UNLESS douche is wanker and Sh*tbag is actually douchebag.
        I’m exhausted!
        @ Winnie, in the UK f*cking is definitely just f*ucking and indicates a major irritation/major emphasis as in “f*cking hell the roof’s just fallen in”. ‘Bloody’ is applied both to a minor irritation as in “that bloody parking ticket I got last week” or just for colourful emphasis often in the middle of a sentence “It’s bloody well raining AGAIN” (we say that a lot!)

      • LAK says:

        Frisbee: I don’t think there is an American translation for ‘bloody’. A word I enjoy using everyday as frequently as possible. ‘bloody hell!’ being my favourite expression. My current day to day life warrants several ‘bloody hells’ every hour.

        I also don’t think we can find an American equivalent for ‘numpty’, ‘tit’, and my favourite put down ‘common’.

      • WinnieCoopersMom says:

        @LAK – I think “common” in UK probably equals “basic” in the US? “Basic white girl” is definitely a slight.

      • frisbee says:

        LAK: Bollocks, no not what you said, the word, Americans have no real equivalent to bollocks but I’m impressed by mimif’s ( the international linguist) use of it above. It is my favourite word, a word you can roll around your mouth and really get your teeth into (no pun intended – honest).
        I think the American for ‘common’ is ‘basic’, there is no equivalent to ‘numpty’; ‘muppet’ has a totally different meaning. I have noticed a couple of US posters using ‘bugger’ (NUTBALLS told somebody to “bugger off” the other day which made me chuckle) and a few ‘bloody’s’ creeping in as well. We probably just have more cussing words overall – and probably use them more frequently. You are right though, a good ‘bloody hell’ said with enough vehemence is the ‘go to’ curse for every eventuality. I’m sorry to hear you are having to use it so often!

        Edit @ WinnieCoopersMom – we literally posted the comment about ‘basic’ at the same time so it must be right!

      • LAK says:

        Frisbee: how could I forget ‘bugger’, ‘Bollocks’ and even ‘bog off’…… :)

        ‘bollocks’ is especially satisfying.

        When I see non British people using our swear word slang, it makes me laugh every time.

        Our plan to infiltrate CB is working….(evil laugh)

        To be cont’d

    • Tara says:

      I love him, so I vote “pratt talking bullocks.”

  7. Bridget says:

    The Parks & Rec folks weren’t really a fan of him either.

    I’m probably in the minority, but I think that a lot of The West Wing doesn’t hold up well with time. I still love CJ and of course Bradley Whitford, but so many of the characters were just so sanctimonious.

    • twodollars says:

      For me, CJ is the character that doesn’t wear well at all. She became such a holier-than-thou asshole in season 5 – season 7 with the way she sneered at the politics Josh and others did to elect the next president.

      I actually can’t watch much of TWW again except for the campaign bits in season 6 and 7 which hold up much better for some reason.

      • Bridget says:

        The campaign parts are alright, if you discount the fact that Sorkin doesn’t even know how the Democrats elect their presidential nominee! That absurd politicking for each state’s delegates? Did no one tell him about Superdelegates?

    • Franca says:

      All Sorkins’ shows are like that. If you just accept that every main character is so good and so slefless bla bla bla, it bocomes fun to watch.

  8. Dewey says:

    While you shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds you, he is right about Brothers and Sisters. The writing the last few seasons was ridiculous.
    He was excellent on Parks and Rec, but he left that show as well.

  9. Penelope says:

    He’s always thought he was a bigger star and better actor than he actually is.

    • Neah23 says:

      +10000

    • Joaneu says:

      If it weren’t for Mike Myers putting him in “Wayne’s World”, he likely wouldn’t have a career now. He was washed-up after the 80s and that *little* sextape with two 16-year-old girls. Add that to his failed engagement to Melissa Gilbert, with her miscarrying shortly after he dumped her. Classy guy all-around.
      I liked him in Liberace but yeah, he’s a bit of a spoof character actor now. Myers, despite being incredibly talented, is also known as a real jerk. So, it’s no surprise they are good friends — two inflated egos make a right in their world.

  10. Nina says:

    “whatever it was, the show got better.”

    Wait, what? Pretty much the entire world agrees that the early seasons of The West Wing were the best.

    • MissTrial says:

      Exactly, the early West Wing was great. I came to like Will but the Jimmy Smits election stuff and his awful wife ( her character & the acting were terrible) – just drove me bonkers. Not to mention how stupid the Donna stuff became.

    • Carol says:

      Yeah, I totally don’t get that. Sam Seaborn was a fascinating character that was underused, but he was great every time he was given something to do. I missed him when he left. And the early seasons were the best.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I missed him when he left, too. I loved that show to the bitter end, but the early seasons were best.

    • KT says:

      I’m in the controversial post season 4 camp with Kaiser. I thought Sam Seabourne was boring and I hated his little monogram shirts.

  11. Jayna says:

    I don’t think he was hard to work with on West Wing. I think he came on as one of the big stars on West Wing and they kind of sidelined him and others took off with bigger storylines when their characters became popular. I noticed it when I was watching it fairly early on and felt bad for him. Many actors wouldn’t have been happy about that, the better story lines going to others.

    Brothers and Sisters did run out of steam, and where they went with Rob and Felicity as a couple, among other characters and story lines also. I lost interest in the show the last season or two, and I was a huge fan of it for several years.

    • Mia4s says:

      He had top billing on the West Wing do I don’t think it’s unreasonable that he became frustrated. In truth Sam always worked best as a secondary character (Josh and Toby’s little brother basically). Sam just wasn’t a lead and his stories as lead didn’t pop (Sam/Mallory was no Josh/Donna). With another lesser known actor that might have been fine. I really don’t think the show got better when he left, he was just never that much of a help/hinderence.

    • Jayna says:

      Oops. I meant Calista, not Felicity.

  12. Tiffany says:

    Yes, he is a bit douchtastic but after reading his book I took him to have some self awareness and that he is restless. The way he leaves programs shows that. If he truly was horrible, NBC would not have had him back several times.

  13. buzz says:

    he’s also kind of a right-wing stooge

  14. Des says:

    My defining Rob Lowe memory is from Graham Norton where he talks about “ordering” girls from MTV in the 80s and Alex Kingston, who was on the couch with him, nearly beat him up and he sat there like he honestly didnt know what the problem was.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep7RdNGMFag

    Told me everything I needed to know.

    • mimif says:

      Yeah. He’s gross.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      Let’s not forget he videotaped himself with a minor back in the day. Don’t care to hear that he didn’t know how old she was or that that type of behavior was more acceptable at the time. He’s a creeper and I sense, oddly, he has some serious insecurities regardless of his ego. He and John Stamos remind me alot of eachother – pretty boys who don’t understand that they are who they are simply because they are pretty.

    • Crumpet says:

      I think he’s been pretty honest that back in his drinking days he did some reprehensible things. But he has been sober for more than 20 years now. That takes some character.

    • sa says:

      Uck, that’s gross. And he thinks he needs to explain that he’s not “bragging”? As though having acted like that is somehow brag-worthy? Yuck.

  15. Daze says:

    West Wing was absolutely terrible after season four. 5 & 6 were total disasters. However that had less to do with the loss of Lowe then with the loss of Sorkin. Sam was a great character, but so was Will Bailey.

    • Franca says:

      I’ll never forgive them for what they did to Toby.

      • piecesofme says:

        I’m with you 100%! I actually thought they mostly regained some good storytelling momentum S7 re: the election, and I fast forward through all the Toby stuff. There’s just no way the Toby character of S1-6 would have done what they had him do; it was a huge writing mistake. I can’t figure out, still who would have done what they had Toby do–that whole storyline was a disaster in my opinion.

    • j.eyre says:

      I loved Sam’s character; his scenes with Ainsley were fantastic.

  16. lassie says:

    Aww, I picked up his biography at my local Goodwill store and he came across as really likable. This is why I can’t have nice things…

  17. BlueNailsBetty says:

    Translation: “I’m a narcissist and the shows weren’t centered around me/my character so I quit them.”

    Note to Rob: the Brat Pack title was slapped on y’all because you guys were a pack of shits who indulged in bad behavior. Nice try at rewriting history.

    • Franca says:

      Were all of them assholes?

      • JenniferJustice says:

        No. And it wasn’t just the boys in that club. It also included Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, and Demi Moore. They were young and a group who were all somewhat interchangable in a half dozen movies for less than a decade. It wasn’t because they were pretty or bratty. And it certainly wasn’t a name given exclusively to the heartthrob boys of the time because they were good-looking. He’s so conceited for crying out loud. I’ve never heard anybody say Judd Nelson is a pretty boy, so……way to call yourself pretty Rob. I’m taking a cue from upthread – what a wanker!

    • FingerBinger says:

      The brat pack was a tongue in cheek label. It wasn’t shits that indulged in bad behavior. They were a group of young actors that happened to hang out and work together.

    • BlueNailsBetty says:

      The Brat Pack was known for excessive drinking, drug use, and sleeping around. I’m not saying they were hardcore criminals, I’m saying they were self indulgent brats. They weren’t given the nickname because they were pretty boys (I like how he dismisses the women who were included in the pack). America didn’t misunderstand the nickname. He’s full of crap and trying to rewrite history.

      Secondly, people quote characters/scenes from movies to him. They aren’t quoting him. He needs to get over himself.

  18. Manjit says:

    He’s about to appear in a new show over here (UK) called “You, me and the apocalypse” about people around the world waiting for a comet to hit the earth. It looks quite good from the trailer. However, I can’t imagine Pauline Quirke putting up with any nonsense, so he’d better be on his best behaviour.

  19. Mrs. Darcy says:

    He does sound kind of big headed, but some of his points seem valid enough, if he didn’t feel like his character or work was appreciated I can’t really blame him for leaving a show. I have only seen random episodes of West Wing here and there so I can’t comment as to that – it does sound like it was a nightmare type shoot though, if you are memorizing that crazy level of dialogue it had better be worth it. It does sound like the producers thought the show was so awesome they didn’t need to coddle the talent – which I do think is part of their job, actors are vain and insecure by nature, Aaron Sorkin isn’t exactly known for being easy to work with, he probably sucked up all air in the room. I just don’t get the whole “Ooh an actor had an ego, sit down!” thing. Of course they do, they ALL do, some of them are just better at hiding it than others – Rob falls firmly into the dumb but pretty, not clever enough to mask it camp.

    Brothers and Sisters was always a guilty pleasure, middle of the road drama, he is being disingenuous (or dumb) to imply the quality somehow tanked; it was what it was, and it gave him a paycheck when he’d been out of work for awhile. Should he be more gracious? Of course, but I’m not going to get all up in arms over (shocker!) Rob Lowe being a douche. He is talented enough to play up to it in Parks & Rec. anyway, he really is amazing in that show, I want to hear more on who didn’t like him?!

  20. misery chick says:

    I’m probably wrong, but I heard that Rob Lowe’s and Rashida Jones’ characters were written off, not that he quit. If RL was written off, P&R must have really hated him. How could you NOT get along with Amy Poehler? If anyone has any info to share, I appreciate it!

    • Matador says:

      Yes, they were. According to Michael Schur, there was no nefarious reason behind it – it was a crossroads with where the characters would be going in life at that point and where the actors saw their careers headed (at the time, Rashida had recently sold a show to Warner Bros.).

    • funcakes says:

      I loved her since the Upright Citizens Brigade.

  21. ashley says:

    anyone seen rob on Californication? That’s what made me fall in love with him. Such a funny character. He was freaking nuts. So good.

  22. Matador says:

    Unsurprising. He’s the same guy who submitted himself as lead for “Parks & Rec” every season he was on, claiming that taking himself out of the supporting category (which he clearly was) was intended to ‘help’ his co-stars get nominated in that category.

    Douche doesn’t begin to cover it.

  23. anniefannie says:

    I’m certified WW loon! The more I read about Rob Lowe the worse it gets!, His biography was surprisingly interesting and well written but I have a feeling he had a fantastic editor that steered him away from the douchier stories.
    It’s my understanding that originally Rob Lowes character was to be the main focus. He had a higher profile than the rest of ensamble other than Sheen who was planning to do cameos.
    I’m not certain if it was audience response or Lowes douch behavior that steered the show towards Sheen and the oval but when it did he protested and that started the decline in his relationship w/ Sorkin. I also read it was traditional for the crew to give memorable parting gifts on the last day of shooting for a character but Lowe was stiffed. I think that speaks volumes

    • aaa says:

      @anniefannie
      I am glad you brought up the show getting steered towards Sheen’s character POTUS Jed Bartlet, I think that was more of a game changer in front of and behind the cameras than the popularity of characters of CJ and Josh.

      I think that Rob Lowe has an ego problem but I also get the sense that the environment on The West Wing was not that great. IIRC Sorkin was battling a drug problem at the time and was probably overwhelmed in his position as head writer and showrunner.

  24. serena says:

    Brothers&sisters was a great show with a lot of brilliant performances (I love Sally Field!!) ! Too bad he left, but I was already starting to dislike his character anyway.
    Of course sometimes in long runner show you get the impression that they’re recycling ideas or don’t know what tragedy put next, but it was a really great show and I’m so happy it ended on a high note and with some kind of happy ending.
    I think he’s just a douche who can’t commit.

  25. holly hobby says:

    I never watched West Wing and Bro and Sis or P&R however, I read Amy’s memoir and she didn’t have anything negative to say about Rob. He’s restless yes. Also I think he didn’t want to be relegated as a human prop which sounds like what will happen in the first 2 shows. He should have phrased it better but that’s what i got out of it.

  26. Kitten says:

    I don’t GAF, I like the guy. He has pretty decent range for someone who is a “mediocre” actor according to some of y’all.

  27. Juniper says:

    Yeah – he’s sounding sort of d-bag. And he looked like he had spray-on hair when he came out to present an Emmy. Filling in the gaps ya know….

  28. fluffyrabbit says:

    I completely agree with him on his role in Brothers and Sisters and it was time for him to leave – his story had been told. I did not know much about Rob Lowe’s acting talent. I had seen him in Brothers and Sisters and that’s about it. I have never seen the West Wing. It was amazing watching him in Parks and Recreation. His comedic timing was fabulous. Each episode I watched him in I walked away thinking wow – he really is super funny.

    I was sad to see him leave Parks and Recreation but I figured as an actor he wanted a new challenge and I can respect that. I hope he does well in his new show and the writers are able to capture what I think is an amazing comedic talent.

    It’s got to be hard to be so pretty, so ridiculously good-looking and he seems to have avoided roles which offered him just being another pretty boy. I think he craves challenge which is why when his storyline seems to stagnate he would just rather move along to another adventure.

  29. Gigi says:

    Translated: I am a giant star and refuse to be part of ensemble casts that don’t showcase me all.the.damn.time. If I start with a series as the biggest name I expect to remain the largest star. I want to get a raise even when others are far more popular and bringing more to the table. If I join a cast mid way I want it to be clear that I’m saving the show and expect to be treated as such.

  30. mrsrockstar says:

    I see how a lot of this comes across and don’t necessarily disagree. But please -nobody does self -deprecating humor like Rob Lowe.Great example was his roll in the HBO Liberace movie. Pretty boy lust on steroids.Loved it.

  31. Bridget says:

    How has no one commented on how creepy these pictures look?

  32. Irma says:

    I saw oprah interview him about his book a couple of years ago. They both live in Santa Barbara-montecito technically. the interview was in a well known Montecito restaurant. He said he was only supposed to have 4 episodes on Parks and Recreation. Rashida jones left when he did since their joint storyline ran its course. Parks and rec should have ended a season earlier than it did IMO. Anyway, his difficult rep aside sounds like it was time to be done on that show. He was perfect though. Literally. LOL

    • TotallyBiased says:

      Yeah, he isn’t real popular in Montecito either. Not with the wealthy who own the houses there OR the working class in the local shopping/service area.

  33. RedWeatherTiger says:

    His head looks huge in these pics. Maybe the metaphorical big head has become a physical reality?

  34. OverFirstAve. says:

    All I know is ,He was great in Behind a the Candelabra, as the creepy,”out of it” doctor and he is still a very handsome man. I never understood the hype over him though.

    • Sarah says:

      Yes, he was so good in Behind the Candelabra!! I remember reading all that he had to do to transform himself (physically) for the part; he’d get migraines due to the facial contortions.

      I also read his book and really liked it. I think he’s admitted he didn’t act in the most appropriate ways earlier in his career and has tried to atone for it. I like him.

  35. Tilly says:

    I really loved ‘Brothers and Sisters’ – such a fantastic show!
    If you love a good drama, I’d highly recommend that you watch it from S1 E1.
    Set in Ojai, it’s about a family who run a successful business. When the father suddenly dies, the floodgates open with all the secrets he’s been hiding over the years. The drama unfolds as it’s decided who should take over the running of the business, how the secrets are handled, and goes from there. It’s a fantastic show with a very good cast (Sally Field; Rachel Griffiths; Calista Flockhart; Emily from Revenge …).

  36. Ally8 says:

    When you’ve been bumming around the Hollywood B list for decades, yeah, I’d get the sads about being handed a spatula, while my co-stars are getting Emmys. The thing is, his face is so mannequin-like I always find it hard to get past the façade to whatever he’s supposed to be acting.

    I find it funny that he mentions Gwyneth Paltrow, because that was one of her great moments of snark, actually. She talked about Lowe’s cheesy saxophone solo in St. Elmo’s Fire and how he tops it off by letting go of his sax in the scene and then clapping “like a nerd”.

    That said, I love the brat pack. There was something so earnest and genuine about them all. I actually meant to buy Lowe’s book; his narrative about the early days of Tom Cruise and Matt Dillon as teenagers were very revealing and well written in the Vanity Fair extract I read.

  37. Nude says:

    I had a big crush on him in my teens when Youngblood was on TV. Haven’t thought about him since, except recently I read he’s a huge Ayn Rand fan. That instantly proves he is a d-bag and an unsophisticated person at that.