Rob Lowe certainly knows how to channel real life figures. In 2012 he portrayed murderer Drew Peterson in a TV movie for Lifetime. This time around Lowe is turning heads for his uncanny resemblance to former President John F. Kennedy in the National Geographic Channel TV movie Killing Kennedy.
In the first look we see a contemplative Rob Lowe as JFK. His hair is parted to the side, and his arms folded tightly, mimicking a familiar pose in a famous picture of the real JFK.
National Geographic Channel’s two-house docu-drama titled Killing Kennedy, is based on the book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. The synopsis from Entertainment Weekly is as follows:
“Killing Kennedy chronicles the final years of Kennedy and his assassin Lee Harvey Oswald (Will Rothhaar) leading up to their deaths in November 1963. Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time) will play First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is Oswald’s wife Marina. The film’s debut in November and coincide with the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death. The project will be directed by Nelson McCormick (The West Wing).”
This isn’t the first time we’ll be seeing Rob Lowe in a political setting. Lowe has been featured in many films and television series that revolve around politics. Most famously, Lowe is known for his portrayal of Sam Seaborn in the TV series The West Wing. On the show Lowe’s character was the Deputy Communications Director who was responsible for getting President Josiah Bartlet elected. Later on his character became the Deputy White House Chief of Staff.
Earlier Rob Lowe touched on the emotional scene he shared with actress Ginnifer Goodwin, who plays the First Lady in a tweet:
Just saw @ginnygoodwin as Jackie Kennedy in the sad and awful blood-stained dress. Extremely emotional.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 11, 2013
Over the years other actors to step into the iconic role of JFK include Martin Sheen, Greg Kinnear, Patrick Dempsey, Stephen Collins, and Steven Weber.
Rob Lowe’s version of John F. Kennedy will be airing at a later date in November.