Rob Lowe talks 'Killing Kennedy'
July 25th, 2013
06:00 PM ET

Rob Lowe talks 'Killing Kennedy'

Rob Lowe is no stranger to "The West Wing," and this year he'll return to Hollywood's depiction of the Oval Office in National Geographic's "Killing Kennedy."

The actor didn't have to fight hard for the titular role of President John F. Kennedy, as the production team "came to me," Lowe told CNN. "I was flattered."

As it turns out, the "Parks and Recreation" star is also a Kennedy buff.

"Kennedy's a hero of mine, I've read everything there is to read on his administration. Not just Camelot, which is romantic and iconic, but just what he accomplished as a leader," Lowe said. "That's stuff I'm interested in, and have been, so I came to it already having a pretty good sense of what I wanted to do with the opportunity."

The TV dramatization is based on Bill O'Reilly's book of the same name, which chronicles the events leading up to Lee Harvey Oswald's assassination of JFK in Dallas, Texas, in 1963.

When Lowe was offered the part he hadn't yet read the book, but he soon realized that "the script does a number of great things that they did with the book," he said. "The construction of this storytelling is brilliant, where you take Lee Harvey Oswald and Kennedy and you inter-cut their lives as they head towards that fateful day in Dallas. It almost plays out like a thriller. It's really brilliantly done."

The role of Oswald was handed to Will Rothhaar ("Last Resort"; "Battle Los Angeles"), with Ginnifer Goodwin playing Jackie O. and Michelle Trachtenberg portraying Oswald's wife, Marina.

"This was such a great group of people. Ginnifer Goodwin, when I first saw her as Jackie, it took my breath away," Lowe said. Since he filmed his scenes separately from Trachtenberg and Rothhaar, he's "looking forward to seeing what (they) did" in the movie, which is scheduled to air on National Geographic in November.

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  1. Jodie R.

    Rob Lowe is like a fine wine...he ages well.

    July 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. They have it you clearly don't you comment...

    He is so hot for his age and he puts his wife on pedestal and why because she's not hack and a devoted wife.
    When he said the s0x with her will still there after a these years I was so happy.

    July 26, 2013 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • William Congreve

      Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor Hell a fury like a woman scorned.

      July 26, 2013 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • WIFE SCORNED....

      I SEE I SEE...

      July 26, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Gross

      What does his wife look like? Just wondering because I might want to be there when he puts her up on that pedastal, so I can look up her skirt.

      July 26, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • she


      July 26, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Gross

      Cool, thanks. I'll have to do a Google search to find out what she looks like.

      July 26, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Gross

      Checked Google and his wife IS pretty damn hot. Yowza! You're a fortunate man, Mr. Lowe!

      July 26, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Yay! The "healthy relationship" troll is back!

    July 26, 2013 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rob Lowe Union

    how is that woman an appropriate woman? she's a hacker and nobody can stand her...rob's wife is better suited
    for business, they do not fight, she does not belittle him and they s-x he said is still awesome. he cannot praise her enough in Hollywood. this is what a like too see REAL marriages happening.

    July 26, 2013 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Another Functional and Healthy Marriage

    Rob is 50 wife is 48 or they get along she does not belittle him or betray him...he said it has been amazing being married to that say that too right?

    July 26, 2013 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rob's wife has money (another great marriage rob lowe)

    and never throws it up in his face...that's why the s-x is still good after all their years of marriage...they stayed away from dysfunction.

    July 26, 2013 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rob's Wife has stamina

    in bed that is why they do every other day.....wife knows how too keep him in bed...good girl

    July 26, 2013 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. M.A.P.

    A Rob Lowe is better than a Rob Thicke. I know you hate it, I know you hate it, FAT HEAAAD!

    July 26, 2013 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P. is a fake


      July 26, 2013 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P. is a fake - IS A FAKE!

      You fcuking pathetic slob.

      July 26, 2013 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Pathetic Me Nah

      he must have gotton a bj so he's feeling powerful for about 2 seconds until she says your bald and will never find anyone because I own you financially...STFU

      July 26, 2013 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |

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