Rob Lowe Pays Tribute To ‘Closest Friend In The Industry’ Bill Paxton

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Mar. 1 2017, Updated 1:10 a.m. ET

Rob Lowe paid tribute to the life and memory of his “closest friend in the industry,” Bill Paxton.

According to E Online, the West Wing actor in an essay published Tuesday talked about the resounding impact Bill Paxton made on his life. Lowe recalled that he first met Paxton in the early 90’s during the shooting of The Dark Backward. The 52-year-old actor said he was highly impressed with the daunting choices Bill made on set while filming, but one easily towered over the rest.

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“In one scene Bill took such a big swing as an actor, he went for such a broad gigantic choice in the take. I’ll never forget it. It blew my mind..This guy has got huge ba**s I thought.”

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The pair went on to play brothers in the Western flick, Frank & Jesse. The 1994 movie centers on the James brothers who felt shortchanged by Chicago railroad investors and turned to a life of crime. Lowe was producing and acting in the movie and had reached out to Paxton to play his brother. According to the Thank You for Smoking star, it marked the beginning of a special friendship that would span decades.

Lowe who described Paxton as a good friend revealed they consistently supported each other both in their personal and professional lives. The actor who has six Golden Globe Award nominations in his Hollywood resume confirmed that Bill Paxton always went out of his way to help him during the course of his career.

Rob recalled that when he got the part to play President John F. Kennedy in National Geographic Channel’sKilling Kennedy, he came home one day to find a note from Bill and a package that contained the exact aftershave that JFK wore. Another time, Paxton had called up Rob and told him to expect a call from James Cameron over one of his scripts that he had submitted.


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