January 6th, 2012
09:29 AM ET
Rob Lowe underwent quite a transformation to play Drew Peterson in this month's Lifetime movie, "Untouchable," and the actor is revealing how he prepared to play the infamous former police sergeant from Illinois. (Peterson is currently in jail, having been accused of killing his third wife, and is suspected in the disappearance of his fourth.)
In an interview with "Showbiz Tonight's" A.J. Hammer, Lowe says he paid close attention to the way Peterson behaved in live interviews.
"I watched him talk about being on 'Dial a Date' — 'Win a Date with Drew Peterson' - when people were searching for his missing wife at the same moment. I watched this outrageous behavior," Lowe recalls. "So I knew there was going to be a lot of [complex] stuff to play."
What's interesting to the 47-year-old actor is that, despite all of the reports about Peterson, there's still something about him that captivates the public.
"There’s something about him, clearly, where these young, beautiful women are continually attracted to him. And so he clearly has some kind of swagger going," Lowe says. "So to find that and try to figure that out, in terms of what we know watching him on the news, was an interesting sort of mystery that I was trying to solve [while] building the character."
But what made this role different is that there are real people who've been affected by this story. "I've always been cognizant of [the] really unfortunate tragedy that's unfolding and continuing for those two families in Chicago," Lowe says. "It's a real tragedy for them. So, there's a human cost. And I'm aware of that, while at the same time playing a guy that's very over the top and larger than life. I think that those two things together are interesting drama."
Of course, we don't know how the story will actually end.
That means "it’s up to the viewer [to] kind of speculate, as we all do, as to where this road will eventually lead, because nobody knows. And so what you’re left with really is a character study of the man. And that’s the only fact we know of, at the moment: We know who he is and what he’s about. But what’s going to happen to him? We don’t know."
"Untouchable" debuts on Lifetime January 21.
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