47-year-old Rob Lowe bares his chest and more in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. He sat down with the magazine to promote his new autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography. The cover was shot by Annie Liebovitz.
Ã¢â¬ÅWe competed to see who could play harder, then show up for work and still kick ass,Ã¢â¬Â Rob Lowe tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Vanessa Grigoriadis about filming Masquerade in the Hamptons in 1987 while his then buddy, Charlie Sheen, was filming Wall Street. Ã¢â¬ÅThe verdict: Charlie by a nose.Ã¢â¬Â Lowe tells Grigoriadis that his friends growing up in Malibu pre-fame were the Ã¢â¬ÅuncoolÃ¢â¬Â guys who didnÃ¢â¬â¢t surf: Chris Penn and Charlie Sheen. Ã¢â¬ÅThe cool girls in Malibu had no time for me,Ã¢â¬Â Lowe says. Ã¢â¬ÅI wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t a beach volleyball player, a surfer, or a quasi-burnout.Ã¢â¬Â However, as Lowe recounts in a Vanity Fair excerpt from his upcoming autobiography, it would be a mere five years after plotting their acting careers in the SheensÃ¢â¬â¢ pool that the actor and his friends would be shot to fame.
Grigroriadis writes that Lowe Ã¢â¬ÅwasnÃ¢â¬â¢t embarrassed to admit that he began landing the cool girls,Ã¢â¬Â which the actor confessed over the years included Demi Moore, Nastassja Kinski, Princess StÃÂ©phanieÃ¢â¬âwho, Lowe remembers Ã¢â¬Åwith a fair amount of residual pride,Ã¢â¬Â had a poster of himÃ¢â¬âand Washington secretary Fawn Hall, whom Lowe tracked down after seeing her at the Oliver North trial.
In his book, Lowe writes that Sheen in his early years was Ã¢â¬Åone-of-a-kind Ã¢â¬Â¦ a Polo preppy clotheshorse in a world of O.P. shorts and surf T-shirtsÃ¢â¬Â and Ã¢â¬Åa wonderful mix of nerd Ã¢â¬Â¦ and rebel.Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬ÅAt my house we are still saving money by not buying desserts,Ã¢â¬Â Lowe says, comparing his life to that of the Sheens, who lived nearby. Ã¢â¬ÅAt CharlieÃ¢â¬â¢s house, itÃ¢â¬â¢s never-ending HÃÂ¤agen-Dazs, brand-new BMWs, a lagoon pool with underwater tunnels, and a lit, professional-grade basketball half-court.Ã¢â¬Â
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During the first round of auditions in Los Angeles, Lowe writes of meeting Tom Cruise, then a houseguest of the Sheens: Ã¢â¬ÅHeÃ¢â¬â¢s open, friendly, funny, and has an almost robotic, bloodless focus and an intensity that IÃ¢â¬â¢ve never encountered before.Ã¢â¬Â In New York for the second round of auditions, Lowe finds that Cruise is Ã¢â¬Åalready showing traits that will make him famous; heÃ¢â¬â¢s zeroed in like a laser.Ã¢â¬Â Ã¢â¬ÅWe check into the Plaza Hotel. I am taken aback at the luxury and spectacle of the lobbyÃ¢â¬Â¦. The front desk tells us we will be sharing rooms,Ã¢â¬Â Lowe writes of the actorsÃ¢â¬â¢ arrival in the Big Apple. Ã¢â¬ÅIn a flash, Cruise is on the phone to his agent, Paula Wagner. Ã¢â¬ËPaula, they are making us share,Ã¢â¬â¢ he saysÃ¢â¬Â¦. The rest of us are staggering around like happy goofsÃ¢â¬Â¦.. Ã¢â¬ËO.K., then. Thank you very much,Ã¢â¬â¢ he says like a 50-year-old businessman getting off the phone with his stockbroker. Ã¢â¬ËPaula says itÃ¢â¬â¢s fine.Ã¢â¬â¢ Ã¢â¬Â
Lowe remembers hanging out with Cruise and the other actors in a gymnasium on set, when Patrick SwayzeÃ¢â¬âwho, Lowe writes, Ã¢â¬Åmakes Tom Cruise look lobotomizedÃ¢â¬ÂÃ¢â¬âÃ¢â¬Åbegins to teach us a standing backflipÃ¢â¬Â¦. When it comes to flips, IÃ¢â¬â¢m a pussy. I donÃ¢â¬â¢t flip. I donÃ¢â¬â¢t even dive into a poolÃ¢â¬âstraight cannonball for meÃ¢â¬Â¦. No, thanks. Cruise, not surprisingly, is all over it. Ã¢â¬ËHow about this!Ã¢â¬â¢ he says, almost pulling it off without even being spotted. He wipes out, but tries it again immediately.Ã¢â¬Â
Lowe describes the other young actors of The Outsiders, most of whom would later become major names in Hollywood. Patrick Swayze is Ã¢â¬Åas cool as you want, wearing tight jeans and a tattered, sleeveless Harley-Davidson T-shirt revealing his massive, ripped arms. (This is his uniform, he never changes it, and if I looked like him, neither would I.),Ã¢â¬Â Lowe writes. In Vanity FairÃ¢â¬â¢s excerpt, Lowe goes on to describe his Outsiders co-starÃÂ Matt Dillon as a young ladiesÃ¢â¬â¢ manÃ¢â¬âpicking up an ogling young fan in the hotelÃ¢â¬â¢s lobby; pins Diane Lane as everyoneÃ¢â¬â¢s set crush (Ã¢â¬ÅAt only 16, she already seems like a legend.Ã¢â¬Â¦ I watch as she breezes by with her chaperone. With all the teen testosterone on this movie, sheÃ¢â¬â¢ll need one!Ã¢â¬Â); and recalls how director Francis Ford Coppola had all the actors perform Tai Chi during rehearsal (Ã¢â¬ÅHow does a 60s greaser know or care about Tai Chi? But if the worldÃ¢â¬â¢s greatest living director thinks we should stand on our heads to prepare, we should probably do itÃ¢â¬Â).
Lowe tells Grigoriadis that despite a rocky patch following his 80s stardom that landed him in rehab, he has no regrets. Ã¢â¬ÅThe Brat Pack is timeless,Ã¢â¬Â Lowe says. Ã¢â¬ÅWe should all be so lucky in our lives to create things that weÃ¢â¬â¢re still talking about 25 years later.Ã¢â¬Â