In an new promo for his latest role, Rob Lowe reveals the process behind his amazing transformation into U.S. President John F. Kennedy for the upcoming National Geographic Channel movie Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot.
As the Parks and Recreation star explains, he worked hard to avoid doing a JFK impersonation when approaching the role in Killing Kennedy, based on the best-seller by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.
“I think for known figures, the key is inhabitation, not imitation,”; says Lowe, admitting that he’s long found JFK to be a fascinating figure. “I’ve always been an admirer of the Kennedy family and JFK in particular,”; he adds. “I’ve always had a connection to him, and so throughout my life I’ve read a lot. A lot. I mean, if there’s a book about him or his presidency, I’ve probably read it. So when this came my way, I was honoured to be asked and it’s been an amazing experience.”;
In fact, Lowe admits the biggest problem in portraying such an iconic historical figure was to portray him as a three-dimensional human being as opposed to martyred commander-in-chief.
“My goal was to play a husband, a father, a brother, a man with a big job who loved and was funny, and smart, and charming, and flawed, and inspired. That was the stuff that I was looking to capture about him,”; he says. “The goal is just to make him an honest, real man.”;
Adds co-star Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time), who plays First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy: “The intimacy and revealing nature of this film, and the captivating narrative, really inspired me.”;
Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot airs Sunday, Nov. 10 on National Geographic Channel.