Rob Lowe quotes and sayings
March 17, 1964
I made a conscious effort to focus on television so I could stay in Los Angeles, so I wasn't on a location all over the world doing movies.
I'm a registered Independent.
I have never felt at any point in my life, good or bad, any ill will ever from the man or woman on the street.
I've said before that the common perception that all good actors should be good liars is exactly the opposite; only bad actors lie when they act.
I feel like every movie is definitely the last one that I've had my moment; that I'm going to be selling autographs at malls.
I can't help but be a little more gun-shy and wary about people.
When I had my Comedy Central roast, David Spade was my first choice to be roastmaster, because I adore him. He's funny as hell, and nobody is meaner.
We all have a suspicion and hope that we've just been part of something special, something that may eventually change our lives. That no one else knows this makes it seem like we are living with a secret that we would like to share, but can't, sort of like having a superpower that's not come online or being president elect. For the moment, our lives proceed as usual, but within a month, we think, everything will change. It's a frustrating, if exciting, disconnect.
One of the interesting things about Twitter is looking how famous people choose to use it. Take someone like Steve Martin, who I follow: it's all sorts of comic gems, nothing private, nothing personal - all jokes. Other celebrities are overtly personal - like Charlie Sheen. I do a mix of observations and updates.
Marriage is becoming sort of fake. It's almost like a handbag. Everybody wants the newest, greatest and latest. It becomes an event, and it's definitely a status symbol in our society. I'm not saying it shouldn't be; it absolutely should be - but you shouldn't be focusing on that.
William Devane was amazing in The Grinder - that we were able to reinvent an acting legend as a comedy star - that's very gratifying.
I had met my now wife, Sheryl, and was attempting my first try at monogamy, which was not really in my nature at the time, and I wasn't able to do it.
Doctor Cukrowicz was basically a role where you have two diva actresses - Maggie Smith and Natasha Richardson - and my role was to say, "And then what happened? Tell me more." But I wanted to do it was because a) it was Tennessee Williams, a great writer, and b) it was Richard Eyre, an amazing director. And to work with those two amazing women!
You show me a perfect person and I'll show you somebody who has lived a very closed life.
Be funny whenever possible, even if some people don't get it.
To be counter to the culture, you are by definition willfully and actively ignoring the culture, i.e., reality.
After my parents' divorce when I was 4, I spent weekends with my dad before we finally moved to California. By the time Sunday rolled around, I was incapable of enjoying the day's activities, of being in the moment, because I was already dreading the inevitable goodbye of Sunday evening.
She Virginia Madsen and I had a really long relationship after that movie 'Class' I love her, and I can imagine it was not much fun to do that big sequence with a bunch of laughing, ogling frat-boy actors. I mean, can you imagine putting up with me, John Cusack, Alan Ruck, and Andrew McCarthy at 18?
It was sort of the first movie The Specials where I really got to let my comedy freak flag fly. And everybody in it made me laugh really hard. I wish more people had seen it.
You can't believe everything you read. It's never been more true.
When I was filming 'The Outsiders,' my idea of success was getting the next Martin Scorsese movie.
Getting married isn't going to make your relationship better. It's just a ceremony.
Show me someone who doesn't have some sort of experience that they would be uncomfortable for people to know about and I'll show you a dullard.
I never get bored talking about themes dealing with ambition, leadership and what it means to be an American. I love that stuff. I just love it. I've loved it ever since I was on 'The West Wing.'.
The best part is not the biggest, it's the one that's most memorable.
I'd done light comedy. In some quarters, About Last Night... is a romantic comedy. So it wasn't like I'd been doing Sophie's Choice my entire career. But for whatever reason, nobody had really given me the room or the ability to be out and out funny. And Lorne Michaels and Mike Myers and Chris Farley and Dana Carvey, that crop really helped me do that.
I've never met a funny person who wasn't smart. I've met a lot of dramatic people who were stupid. But I've never met a funny person who wasn't smart.
Here's my theory: If a person gets worldwide fame at a young age, they're emotionally frozen at that moment. For me, that's 15 to 18, so you find yourself in your mid-20s being a glorified 15-year-old. What could possibly go wrong?
Television is populated with commitment-phobes.
I wouldn't go back on my old days, though; everybody needs to have their wild years. It's just a question of when and I'd rather have had them early than be doing it as a mid-life crisis type thing.
My roles in comedies from 'Austin Powers' to 'Tommy Boy' to 'Wayne's World,' were sort of comedic 'straight man' parts. My character on 'Parks & Recreation' is the comic relief in a comedy. To play a character that appears strictly for laughs is sort of new for me and really fun.
I have such amazing memories about The Hotel New Hampshire movie, because Tony Richardson was such an amazing director, and the subject matter was so bizarre, and yet it was the most sought-after part at that moment. And then it had the good fortune to come out on the same day as Splash.
One of my favorite books The Stand of all time. I grew up reading it.
Jim Belushi and I have a great thing going, and a really weird, offbeat story. Living In Peril is the type of movie that I don't even know if it would be made today. Just a very odd film. But a very fun movie.
My parents did divorce, but my dad has always been present for me and loving me and my mom as well when she was alive.
My thing is personal freedoms: freedoms for the individual to love whom they want, do with what they want. In fact, I want the government out of almost everything.
I've always been involved in politics, since I was 8 or 9 years old. I sold Kool-Aid for McGovern - I could always pick a winner.
Fake confidence on the outside often trumps truthful turmoil on the inside.
I had had some successes in the '90s, always made money, but the truth was I was like a man pushing a boulder up a hill. A huge, heavy, difficult boulder made up of some career mistakes, projects that didn't meet expectations, and twenty years of being a known quantity.
Sun Valley is one of my favorite spots.
Tony Richardson just liked me, knew I was going to be what he wanted in The Hotel New Hampshire, and that was the end of it. It was unbelievable.
To go from gnarly to literally, that shows I'm growing up, right?
It's always a good day when I get to work with Jim Belushi, who I adore.
If I had been on 'Ally McBeal,' I would have been seen coming out of the shower on the first show.
Doctor Cukrowicz in Suddenly, Last Summer is is one of the most unpronounceable roles in the modern-day theater day canon, and one of the most boring!
Anybody who doesn't have a scandal I have no interest in meeting because they haven't lived their lives.
I'm a Hollywood pinhead; I don't know about political labels.
Anything that is stifled will eventually ferment or explode.
When I hear that I realize how quickly time passes and how everybody goes on their journeys and they're always unbelievable and they never go where you think they're going to take you and, quite frankly, it also makes me feel a little old.
I had no regrets when I did it, I have even less regret now because I can't imagine staying on the West Wing show and then, six weeks later, Aaron Sorkin leaving.
Oh my God, I love rehab! I highly recommend it.
Being pulled that long and that hard for a 12-hour day gave me migraines. It's what they used to do before there were facelifts for actresses you know, Joan Crawford's whole career was this. Then the makeup is like Earl Scheib auto body paint sprayed on my face.
There is a movie called 'My Dog Skip,' starring my 'Outsiders' costar Diane Lane. I do not recommend it. If you have a child, particularly one about to leave home, watching this film is to be emotionally waterboarded.
I couldn't have gotten sober without rehab because I needed the science.
I started out being a really, really liberal Democrat.
The president of the United States can't even fire his chef. I'm not kidding.
Malibu was a wellspring of counterculture group think.
My deep dark secret is that I was a nerd in school. I liked the theater. I liked to study. I wasn't very good at sports.
I was a child of the '80s.
If people are attracted to me, I like to think it's because I'm an interesting person, fairly smart, well-rounded, with a good sense of humor. I would like to think that's what I am. I would like to think people see it.
Before you could actually have face-lifts, they would pull your skin around the back of your head with rubber bands, where they would tape it. And then you'd have to wear a wig over it to hide the rubber bands. It was not the most comfortable.
It was a little company that released Bad Influence, it was really ahead of its time... I'm really proud of it. And it's Curtis Hanson. He'd directed a small movie before that, but it was his first directorial work that really worked.
It was a role Dean Sanderson I hadn't seen before, and yet it was very accessible and relatable at the same time. I read scripts that have one or the other, but I rarely read scripts that have both. And it was laugh-out-loud funny.
I'll be sober ten years and married nine soon.
Apparently Sodapop Curtis said "gnarly," and Chris Traeger said "literally." Every decade I have a favorite phrase I can't stop with.
Virginia Madsen big part in that movie 'Class' required her shirt to get ripped off, and looking back, it couldn't be a more egregious, vintage, lowbrow, 1980s Porky's-esque, shoehorned-in moment. Like, you would never have that moment in a movie that aspired to be what that movie did today.
I don't like being taken for granted anywhere in life. I don't want my vote taken for granted.
I've always written a little bit. I mean, I've written screenplays, and I've doctored my dialogue for years, and I've written speeches - I was a speechwriter on 'The West Wing,' so I like that kind of thing. But I never really thought I'd write a book.
The umbrella that I live under is that you must be truthful with everyone except when to do so would injure them or others.
I learned to focus on what's real rather than imagined; on not letting feelings drive the bus; on being courageous and honest; on putting my total effort into something and not worrying about the result.
Children change you. They really do.
There was a period in my life where I went out a lot and I had a really good time. But that period is over.
I always wanted that house where everybody wants to go, full of energy, dogs, music, fun.
I think my thing is that I try and pick up on things that other people have maybe not picked up on.
I've been around for so long, people have their perceptions of me: good, bad or indifferent.
For guys, I don't think you're ever ready... I don't think you wake up and go, 'You know, today's the day I'm going to get married. By God, I'm ready. My house is in order, and it is time.'.
In comedy you have to be willing to not take yourself seriously, you know? I take comedy really seriously, and so to take comedy seriously, you must not, you cannot, ever take yourself seriously.
Matthew Lowe is one of the great water men that I know. He's a surfer, a great water polo player. I think he's half fish.
The West Wing and The Outsiders are the gifts that keep on giving.
I look at it like this: that if Shakespeare were alive today, he would have written two or three plays about the Kennedy family, and actors would traditionally play JFK like they Hamlet or King Lear. They just would. I mean, people have played JFK, and they'll play him long after I have.
J.F Kennedy's own accent was inconsistent. So people are inconsistent. And it always kind of irks me when people talk about inconsistent accents, because people are imperfect by nature. So in the end, what you do is, you do an inhabitation and not an imitation.
If people find me attractive, it would be for reasons that anybody finds anybody attractive. It's something that comes from within, and it manifests itself physically.
In acting, there's a type of courage you're recognized for all the time. You lose 100 pounds and play a guy with AIDS, and you get rewarded. But, in life, doing what is courageous is quiet, and no one knows about it. Courage is someone making sacrifices for their family or making selfless decisions for what they hope or feel.
My first lessons in comedy, how to construct a joke, I learned from Eileen Brennan, who had unbelievable timing.
I was not familiar with the book before filming in The Outsiders , though. Interestingly, The Outsiders had not reached the point where it is now, where it's required reading in sixth and seventh grades. In my sixth and seventh grade, we did not, but today everyone does.
Everybody is naughty, everybody is good.
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