Rob Lowe in Malibu

Posted on May 31, 2013

Goddamn you, Rob Lowe. Goddamn you to HELL.


‘Behind the Candelabra’ star Rob Lowe attends beach party in Malibu, California.


Couldn’t you at least have a brief awkward period? Maybe a hit-the-wall moment? Fuck you, you non-aging son of a bitch.

Oh, we can’t stay mad at you, Rob. That was just some residual anger from our teenage years, when you were no less pretty than you are now. We’re just relieved your face seems to have relaxed a bit from this:

Because MAN, that had to hurt.

If you haven’t seen Rob’s scary-hilarious turn as a plastic-surgery-addicted Beverly Hills plastic surgeon in HBO’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, we cannot recommend it enough. The whole film is a treat for the eyes and a succession of fantastic performances. Michael Douglas absolutely disappears into the role.



[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews/ HBO]

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  • myristica_fragrans

    praise you guys for bringing up his taped back face. that was the highlight of the movie.

    • 3boysful

      He’s hardly recognizable!

    • I’ve been waiting all week for a mention of Behind the Candelabra from you guys.

      Rob Lowe has commented often on talk shows about how painful it was to be pinned back to make his face look like that.

      As for Michael Douglas’ disappearing act, I totally disagree. I never stopped seeing Michael Douglas trying to be Liberace. There were even a few times when I saw him doing Regis Philbin doing Liberace. He never actually became Liberace the way that Meryl Streep disappears into a role. When I saw him on Graham Norton the other night, I realized that his normal voice is very close to his Liberace voice, so it wasn’t as much of a stretch as people thought.

      • AshleyDeHaye

        Agreed. We found the movie unwatchable because it was too freaky to see Michael Douglas act like Liberace. I never forgot it was him.

  • “Scientists believe that the first human being who will live 150 years has already been born. I believe I am that human being.”

    • Kathy

      Is that a Rob Lowe quote or a Chris Traeger quote?

      • Yes.

      • Nonmercisansfacon

        Chris Traeger of course.

      • AdamBR

        It’s a Chris Traeger quote, but you gotta admit, it’s very appropriate.

  • Silly Grrl

    Man. His ass hasn’t aged either. I heard that they did that all with facelift tape for the movie. Crazy. It was such a great film. I thought it would be all cheese, but it made me have FEELINGS.

    • Edward Thomas-Herrera

      My eyes were instantly drawn to that ass…

      • Silly Grrl

        Right? Hello! I have loved that man since I was like 10 and buying Tiger Beat magazine.

      • tired_mommy

        I believe you can check it out in the buck in “Masquerade” (movie from the ’80’s) 🙂

        • Goldie

          Ooh, or Youngblood. Him and Patrick Swayze as sweaty hockey players. *drools*

      • demidaemon

        Same here. Dat ass, indeed!

    • Dat ass!

    • JasmineAM

      I didn’t know shit about Liberace (WAY before my time) but I somehow ended watching the movie. It was soo entertaining and I guffawed at Rob Lowes plastic face.

    • andreawey

      here, here on the ass!

  • Julie

    Behind the Candelabra was so good!

  • Diego!

    He looks younger than my oldest nephew who is 27 y.o. (I’m 37 bitches!) How old is he? 60? I wish I had his blood running my veins hahahaa

    • Mismarker

      He’s 49 and, much like The Clooney, has only gotten better with age!

    • Heather

      OMG PLEASE don’t tell me you really thought he was 60. I had a poster of him on my bedroom wall (St. Elmo’s Fire days) in junior high school.

      • Diego!

        Hey, chill out! Am I the only one who ages here? I remember back circa 1984 I was 8 y.o. and he was in his mid 20’s, therefore I thought he was older than he is.

  • crash1212

    If the person who did make-up for Behind the Candelabra doesn’t get nominated for something it’ll be a damn shame.

  • Funkykatt

    Okay, I looked it up, one can see it online so that is how I am spending my Friday night….”that is how I am spending my Friday night” Oh dear.

  • Rob Lowe has been my tv husband since he was on Brothers and Sisters. Sigh. And yes, he was amazing as the plastic surgeon on Behind The Candelabra. Creepy as hell, but hilarious at the same time.

    • MilaXX

      loved his “California diet”

      • And when he was sitting on the sofa with his mouth slightly open! omg I died.

    • Goldie

      “Will I be able to close my eyes?” “Not completely.” LOL

  • majorbedhead

    Oh god. I had a HUGE poster of him over my bed when I was in high school. One of him and one of the lead singer from A-Ha. It was like a cheekbone-off on my ceiling. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time in my room.

    He’s still sex on a stick.

    • filmcricket

      In some behind-the-scenes interviews with the women who played Carol and Ginger on The West Wing, one of them admits to having had a poster of him in their room, and how odd it was to wind up working with him.

      Clearly he and Tom Cruise found the Fountain of Youth and declined to share its location with the rest of the Brat Pack.

      • majorbedhead

        Oh, I must find that on YouTube. One of my favourite shows ever.

        • fursa_saida

          Mine, too, and he was truly great on it.

    • Heather

      Yes, Morton, Paul, and Mags (is it sad that I remember their names) were cuties, weren’t they?

  • Silly Grrl

    I just realized that he kind of looks like Beavis and/or Butthead with the face tape (in that particular shot).

  • misstressofsylar

    Chris Traeger! he lit’rally has not aged no?

  • Purdy!

  • StellaZafella

    Damn. Now I have to go re-watch ‘Hotel New Hampshire’…Yea! Sausage and Buns.

  • decormaven

    Blessed with good genes….

  • MilaXX

    I love how Rob has begun letting a few tasteful gray hairs come in. I always envision him as a sort of toned down version of his Parks & Recs character.
    As for the Liberace biopic, I loved every minute of it. It was a virtual smorgasboard of “Hey it’s that guy!” Rob was creepy good. The only very minor quibble was Matt supposedly being 17 -22 during the years depicted.

  • MilaXX

    I just have to say this has been the best Sausage Friday EVER!!!!

  • Mismarker

    First, let me say I appreciate this man for his brain. His autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, was equal parts humor, candor, and charm.

    Second, I’ll say I appreciate this man for his lovely, ageless ass.

    • merciblahblah

      I completely agree. I was surprised how much I loved his book. Of course, growing up in the 70s and 80s, it made me completely nostalgic for that time of my life, but I thought it was really well done.

      • Mismarker

        Right? I bought the book on a whim after Rob Lowe was on Oprah. Totally worth the money! His stories are just dish-y enough to feel like you are getting insider info without him selling out friends or himself. Great summer time read!

  • Lisa Hager

    He’s delish from waist up, but I’m not feeling the cut on those pants. Also, hemming.

  • Coolekat

    Remember the Vanity Fair cover of a year or so ago? OMG he is yummier now than ever.

  • TheAmericaness

    Aw. He still has a cute butt. :*

  • cbt22

    I really like this sequence of photos. He’s like “Hi, I’m Rob Lowe. I’m just going to walk around in circles in my driveway and smile at everyone who walks by. Hi, I’m Rob Lowe.”

  • Another bitter kitten (probably a Cumberbitch, if she wouldn’t mind the name) called me out the other day for dressing down a very poorly dressed Benedict Cumberbatch on the street, noting the reduced standard for On the Streets.
    I would like to note that this is the level of coordination that a male star needs on the street – it ain’t much. Mismatching a suit takes more effort, if anything.
    I like his polo shirt’s gradient effect – it’s subtle and cool; I want one for the boyf.

  • kimiakay

    Love that silver in his hair. I didn’t care for him until Brothers and Sisters. Then I realized he could act. Really:) These clothes just suit him perfectly (snicker). I also like his hair a little shorter.

  • BazoDee

    Soda pop Curtis, after all this time you can still pop my top.

  • Carrieanno

    Love a man with a nice easy smile. Nice start to the weekend.

  • colleenjanel

    That slight touch of silver at the temples?? SEXAYYYYYY!!
    Oh Sam Seaborn, I do love you so.

    • Anniebet

      The West Wing was one of my all time favorite TV shows, and he’s a big reason why. Netflix has the whole shebang on streaming. Gotta watch it again from the beginning.

      • colleenjanel

        They need to revive TWW, and Sam needs to run for President.

    • Lori

      Exactly. He can do no wrong after The West Wing.

  • Tafadhali

    Rob Lowe in Behind the Candleabra sounded on some lines hilariously like Chris Traeger, his character on Parks & Rec, if his obsession with physical perfection had gone the diet pills/plastic surgery route instead of the macrobiotics/yoga route.

  • He looks mahvelous!

  • Even after seeing pictures of him, the shock of his first appearance in “Behind the Candelabra” still left my mouth agape. It’s like a horror movie.

    That said, goodNESS he is handsome. That bootie, mmm.

  • siriuslover

    I met Rob Lowe once. Actually, he came into the studio where I answered phones (in between grad schools!) for a gig. Nice guy, very business-like, but not as tall as I always imagined him and his face was so stiff and plastic-like. Glad to see it’s gotten more natural since the mid-1990s. All my cattiness aside, he was a pleasant fellow.

  • Chris

    I love it when a crush from the old “Afterschool Special” days still looks fantastic. He may even look better now than when he was young and had that late 70’s early 80’s hair. I don’t know what he’s doing but he clearly did not share it with most of the other “Outsiders.”

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    He’s still gorgeous, thank God.

  • carolynmo

    That movie is amazing! Everyone in it is incredible, but you’re right about Douglas. If he isn’t showered with awards, I’ll be furious.

    • demidaemon

      It’s too bad they’ll be Emmys when they should be Oscars, due to cowardliness in Hollywood’s elite.

  • SuzBald

    Watching it tonight! Also: boy, he’s pretty.

  • kentiesgirl

    I totally thought he was going to get tore up from the thumbnail and ran in to defend his prettiness. I was fooled. Now I want to see this movie *just* from that face he’s making. Nice sneak attack endorsement.

  • Candigirl1968

    Somewhere, there is a picture of a decrepit Rob Lowe in an attic, a la Dorian Grey. There just has to be.

  • stephbellard

    And Matt Damon disappears into Michael Douglas…

  • bellafigura1

    I apologize in advance for hyperfocusing on body parts, but … Great ass! Who knew!

  • ItsDicey

    I simply can’t wait to see this.

  • Are you guys old enough to remember the trouble Rob Lowe got into many years ago? His career took a dive at that time, and he came back with a vengeance. He looks great. I think his trouble might have given him some character, or let’s say that he made the best of things. (It’s not for me to say, but I’m pretty impressed.)

  • ZnSD

    lol that’s a lotta tape under a kate jackson wig!

  • LuisaNL

    somewhere out there there is a painting of an old, disfigured Rob… He is looking damn fine. I can’t wait to watch this movie, everything about it looks great!

  • Puckndc

    He must have a picture rotting in the attic!

    • Not applicable

      totally agree!

  • But he did age.Considerably. Look at those old movies from the 80s. He went from so preternaturally pretty that his female leads looked like homely dudes standing next to him to now where’ he’s plan old gorgeous.

    • Heidi/FranticButFab

      Yes! He actually looks better now.

  • Ros

    He is aging. There’s a tiny bit of silver hair over one temple. Makes him look even more gorgeous.

  • Crystal

    He looks really cute! And sunny!

  • PeaceBang

    Oh, how I love you boys! That was a riot: the bitter, jealous rant segueing into self-aware remorse and then gently transitioning into praise. And lots of photos of the eternally hot Rob L. What’s not to love?

  • Heidi/FranticButFab

    Even worse: He’s actually better looking now than he was when he was younger. He’s not quite so smooth and dewy and it works for him.

  • nannypoo

    He’s definitely aging well and he apparently has good taste in shirts, but I’m not so sure about those pants. Mighty long, I’d say, and I don’t like the way the pockets pull. I wouldn’t be surprised to discover that the back of the waistband is elastic.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I don’t have HBO, so I’m going to have to wait to see “Behind the Candelabra” when it comes out on Netflix or some other source. But god, I love Rob Lowe – still so yummy!

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  • librarygrrl64

    The pants are a little tight at the top, but he is definitely aging well.

  • jmorino08

    I have been a Rob Lowe fan for years! That scene in The Outsiders when he comes out of the shower wearing only a towel, is… wow! Yeah… Sorry… I’m back now. Oxford Blues was the first PG-13 movie I ever saw. Teen Bop. Tiger Beat. St. Elmo’s Fire. I even stayed with him through the “sex tape” scandal. I mean, you never really forget your first, right? Even if he wasn’t actually there when it happened… And then Sam Seaborn came into my life and I was a goner. (Sorry husband! Love ya! Mean it!)

    Anyway, if you are into autobiographies and Brat Pack tell-alls, I HIGHLY recommend his book. There is much more to that pretty boy than meets the eye!