You know Rob Lowe from Parks and Recreation, St.Elmo’s Fire, Wayne’s World, and so many other things. He is promoting his memoir, Love Life, and stopped by reddit to answer some explanation hopes.
Dear Rob, how is it that you do not age?
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.
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?
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.
Hey Rob great work! 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?
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.
Which actor from P&R is most like their character in real life?
All of the actors have profound similarities to their characters. And that’s what’s so great about the writers, is that they find an interesting kernel of truth and then build on it in a kinetic way. For example, my favorite wrap gift was from Nick Offerman’s woodshop. It was a beautiful maple keepsake box.
That’s awesome! Is that the same box from Chris and Anne’s going away party?
VERY PERCEPTIVE! The box that Ron Swanson gave me, Nick Offerman built. And it sits in my office as we speak.
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. Thanks! But honestly, do you crack up every time you see that gif? Easily the funniest five seconds in television.
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.
Will you marry me?
Yes. We’d have to move to Utah, clearly.
Can you tell us a little more about your character in Moonbeam City and how you got involved with the project?
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.
And Will Forte, Kate Mara, and Elizabeth Banks. So it’s really too bad we couldn’t find anybody good.
Tell us something about yourself that we might find surprising.
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.
Would you please regale us with an amusing story or fact from the filming of Wayne’s World?
I’m not telling tales out of school, he would tell you this himself, but Mike Myers was SO NEW to moviemaking, in fact it was his first movie, that on the first day of shooting, he didn’t even know that you had to stand in a particular place for the camera to photograph you. When I showed him how to do it, he looked at me like “Dude… you REALLY Know your shit.”
To which I replied “You know Mike, if you give me 20 or so movies to do, even I will eventually learn where to stand.”
If they made a movie about your life, who would play you (other than yourself)?
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.
What is your favorite snack food?
Anything made by Hostess that can be bought at a gas station. Not that I’m obsessed with this subject or anything, but when Hostess went out of business for a minute, I wore a black armband in the shape of a Chocodile for a week.