Rob Lowe on his ‘Behind the Candelabra’ Character: ‘He Looks Almost Like a Transgendered Bee Gee’

by | May 30, 2013 at 6:34 PM | Celebrities, General, LGBT, TV News

Rob Lowe in "Behind the Candelabra." (HBO)

By Greg Hernandez

Boy, Rob Lowe sure was quite a sight in HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra.”

As Liberace’s plastic surgeon Dr. Startz, Rob underwent quite a physical transformation with a wig and his face not the handsome mug we are used to seeing on such shows as “Parks & Recreation,” “Brothers & Sisters” and “The West Wing.”

“I wanted him to be at once repellant and engaging, if that’s possible,” Rob tells Entertainment Weekly. “He reminded me of a certain genus and species of guy that you would see at Laker games during the Magic Johnson era. He looks almost like a transgendered Bee Gee. You know what I mean? He’s the fourth member of the Bee Gees: the transgendered Bee Gee, the lesser known one.”

His thoughts on the film: “What I love about the movie is that it’s so outrageous, so over-the-top, and yet it’s completely based in reality. And you feel an emotional connection that often you don’t feel for characters that are as over-the-top as some of these are. In my work as Startz I really wanted to make sure that this wasn’t a Saturday Night Live sketch character. This is a really fully rounded man. Otherwise it just wouldn’t work. It would just seem odd.”

“It’s so funny, when I was watching the movie — my character enters halfway through — I thought, “Holy s—. You really know you’re witnessing something totally unseen in the annals of film when you can see Gordon Gekko banging Jason Bourne.” And I go, “Boy, whether it’s me or Danny Aykroyd or Debbie Reynolds, whoever is trying to jump on this train better have their A game.”

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