Rob Lowe for Vanity Fair Magazine
We seem to be saying this a lot lately but Rob Lowe never really did it for us. In a very general sense, most male celebrities don’t tend to do it for us because the standard model – a pretty man – isn’t always to our tastes.
We are not, however, blind, and like other male symbols of pulchritude, such as Clooney or Pitt, we can clearly see the appeal, even if it’s not appealing to us. In short: he was always an extremely good-looking guy and he’s managed to hit his late 40s remaining largely unchanged. He’s like the Mount Rushmore of male sex symbols. Sure, he ages, but not by much. He almost looks more like a young actor in makeup portraying a man approaching 50 than he does an actual man approaching 50. So, whether through superior genes, clean living, or needles and scalpels, we salute you, Rob Lowe, for still working it.
Lowe describes the other young actors of The Outsiders, most of whom would later become major names in Hollywood. Patrick Swayze is “as 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.),” Lowe writes.
[On Charlie Sheen] “one-of-a-kind … a Polo preppy clotheshorse in a world of O.P. shorts and surf T-shirts” and “a wonderful mix of nerd … and rebel.”
[On Tom Cruise] “He’s open, friendly, funny, and has an almost robotic, bloodless focus and an intensity that I’ve never encountered before.”
“The Brat Pack is timeless,” Lowe says. “We should all be so lucky in our lives to create things that we’re still talking about 25 years later.”
Oh, Rob. You’re way too young to be writing your memoirs. This is very hard for us to accept because we’re of that Brat Pack generation and once the stars of your day start writing the memoirs and handing out the Lifetime Achievement Awards, you know it’s time to look into assisted living.
Still, we have to admit, the Brat Pack is just about ripe to be examined with over 2 decades past now. There are juicy stories to tell and if Rob wants to be the one to shoot off his mouth, we may just have found our summer beach book. Rob Lowe lovingly describing Patrick Swayze’s “massive, ripped arms” sure beats the hell out of Danielle Steele, wouldn’t you say?
[Photo Credit: Annie Leibowitz via vanityfair.com]