Yesterday Rob Lowe hopped on Reddit for an AMA (ask me anything), and he answered most everything. Unlike other celebs who’ve done this before, he was surprisingly candid, responsive, and, well, made me love him even more. Here are some highlights.
Redditor: Tell us something about yourself that we might find surprising.
Rob Lowe: Not a lot of people realize that I am totally and completely stone deaf in my right ear. So if you ever meet me in a crowded restaurant and are standing on my right side trying to talk to me, I’m not rude, I’m just really deaf.
How is it that you do not age?
RL: Well, being youthful is an inside job. Think about what youth is. It’s kids, kids are enthusiastic, energetic, interested, optimistic, engaged, and curious. If you’re not all of those things, you can have no lines on your face and a 32 inch waist, and no one is going to call you youthful.
Rob Lowe, John Stamos, Keanu Reeves, & Pharrell all co-own a secret island which houses the fountain of youth. We will call upon them to save us when our world is in peril.
RL: I will go to the Island as long as I don’t have to wear Pharrell’s hat!
One of my favorite characters you’ve done is Eddie Nero on Californication. My question is how do you get into the mindset to play someone so ridiculous and is it based off any particular people you’ve met/worked with?
RL: Eddie is one of my all-time favorite roles. I could play Eddie Nero for 100 years. And NEVER get bored. I will miss him SO MUCH when Californication ends. But he is based on all of the demented, pretentious, intellectual, sexually confused, A-list Academy Award winning movie stars that I know.
If those behind the West Wing were to approach you with a view of bringing the show back with Sam Seabourne as POTUS, would you be interested?
RL: If Aaron Sorkin was writing it, I would be there with bells on.
I saw on TV that you were turned down for the Billy Zane part in “Titanic”. What other roles did you not get that you wished you had got?
RL: Some roles I came close to getting, other roles I had no shot at getting. But over the years, I really wanted to be Jerry Maguire, I really wanted Kevin Bacon’s part in Footloose, I would have loved to have done Andrew Lloyd Weber’s male lead in Sunset Boulevard on Broadway. But happily, there haven’t been that many others.
Can you tell us a little more about your character in ”Moonbeam City” and how you got involved with the project?
RL: WOW, so excited that you know about it already! Moonbeam City is a new cartoon that I am starring in for Comedy Central that probably won’t be on the air until very early next year, and it is hilarious, wildly politically incorrect, and very very very wrong. It takes place in Moonbeam City, America’s most swinging and dangerous city in 1985, and I am the coolest, most bitchin’ top cop, who probably causes more crimes than he actually solves.
What Superhero role do you think they should cast you for?
RL: Mmmm. You know, I think I’d like to do a reboot of the Green Hornet. Because it’s basically me driving a really cool muscle car.
If they made a movie about your life, who would play you (other than yourself)?
RL: Well, if they’re making a movie about my life, you have to assume that I would have casting approval. And if I had casting approval, it would have to be one of my favorite actors.
The pre-approved list is:
- Daniel Day-Lewis
- Michael Fassbender
- Joaquin Phoenix
And I might throw Robert Downey Jr. in there. Because he already knows the stories, and has lived half of them, and was part of some of them.
Who was you favorite person to hang out with on P&R [Parks and Recreation]?
RL: It would be impossible to choose. Amy Poehler is who you want to have a drink with. Nick Offerman is who you want to eat a steak with. Aziz Ansari is who you want to shop with. Rashida Jones is who you want to hang by the pool with. Chris Pratt is who you want to go shooting automatic weapons. Jim and Retta are who you want to hate-watch the perfect television show with.
I want to thank you for all your work on and off screen. I also feel it is my duty to remind you to STOP. POOPING. But honestly, do you crack up every time you see that gif? Easily the funniest five seconds in television.
RL: Thank you. Parks & Rec has an amazing writing staff, and 99.9% of everything you see on Parks & Rec and everything you love was written by that great writing staff. But the actors are all AMAZING ad libbers, and we all have contests to see if our ad libs will make it into the show. STOP POOPING! is my crowning achievement in the ad lib department. It’s the gif that keeps on giving.