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Rob Lowe Says He Looks Like “A Transgendered Bee Gee” In “Behind The Candelabra”

rob-lowe-2-600Entertainment Weekly interviewed Rob Lowe this week about his “crazy transformation” as plastic surgeon Dr. Startz in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, and spent an inordinate amount of time talking about his “disturbing yet fascinating” makeover that, in my opinion, looks like Rob Lowe in a wig.

Though EW thinks Dr. Startz is some kind of drag queen zombie alien, Lowe has a different perception entirely. He thinks Dr. Startz looks like “a transgendered Bee Gee,” to be precise.

Oh, what we wouldn’t give to go back in time and have a transgendered Bee Gee!

On his physical transformation and how his family reacted:

“I wanted him to be at once repellant and engaging, if that’s possible. He reminded me of a certain genus and species of guy that you would see at Laker games during the Magic Johnson era. He looks almost like a transgendered Bee Gee. You know what I mean? He’s the fourth member of the Bee Gees: the transgendered Bee Gee, the lesser known one. But I wanted his voice to be really macho, like maybe he was a transplant New Yorker who just bought in way too hard in the LA scene. That’s my backstory for him.”

On how long it takes to look like a transgendered Bee Gee in a drag queen zombie alien costume:

“Let’s say an hour and 45 minutes a day.”

On what it feels like to look like a transgendered Bee Gee in a drag queen zombie alien costume:

“It was actually really painful, because being pulled that long and that hard for a 12-hour day — it gave me migraines. We shot during the summer. It was unbelievably hot. The wig, being pulled, it was definitely not the most comfortable experience physically for sure.”

And most importantly, how Rob Lowe gave Dr. Startz depth, instead of the tragic gay man EW wants him to be:

“What I love about the movie is that it’s so outrageous, so over-the-top, and yet it’s completely based in reality. And you feel an emotional connection that often you don’t feel for characters that are as over-the-top as some of these are. In my work as Startz I really wanted to make sure that this wasn’t a Saturday Night Live sketch character. This is a really fully rounded man. Otherwise it just wouldn’t work. It would just seem odd.”

Check out the rest of the interview at Entertainment Weekly.

On:           May 28, 2013
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    • hephaestion

      What a shame Rob Lowe and Queerty both stooped to insulting transgendered persons in a lame attempt at making a joke.

      May 28, 2013 at 8:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tookietookie

      Transgendered is a phenom. Own it, don’t disown it. Love it. Rob is bringing the trans concept to the table. Don’t be a raisin.

      May 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • QJ201

      FYI: The PC monitors don’t like -ed. It’s transgender, not transgender-ed.

      May 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the other Greg

      I saw the movie and thought maybe he was making fun of ’70s John Travolta.

      May 28, 2013 at 10:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • nova

      Don’t flatter yourself, Rob.

      May 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

      And he was perfect for a gay Plastic Surgeon in the late ’70s…overdone. Sort of looked like Patsy in AbFab.

      May 29, 2013 at 6:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • viveutvivas

      He looks like Nina from Just Shoot Me.

      May 30, 2013 at 2:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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