Rob Lowe enters the 'No Spin Zone'

Rob Lowe enters the 'No Spin Zone'


This is a RUSH transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," October 30, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

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O'REILLY: Factor follow up segment tonight, the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In less than a month, the 50th anniversary of that terrible murder will be commemorated here in the U.S.A. and all around the world. A week from this Sunday evening, a movie based on my book "Killing Kennedy" will be shown on the National Geographic Channel.


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O'REILLY: With us now actor Rob Lowe, who plays President Kennedy. Good job, Lowe.

ROB LOWE, ACTOR: Thank you.

O'REILLY: It was a good job. When they came to me and said I think we want to hire Rob Lowe, I said are we going to do the "Breakfast Club 3" or what? But you really did a good job.

LOWE: I know you are never wrong about anything.

O'REILLY: That's true.

LOWE: But I was not in "The Breakfast Club."


O'REILLY: But you know what I'm talking about. One of those movies that you were in when you were a kid. How did you get the accent down? Not an easy accent to do?

LOWE: Thank you. You know, he is so in our consciousness still. Everybody knows what he sounds like. And I just spent hours and hours and hours listening to every possible recording. What I got the most out of actually were his private phone calls within the White House and his dictations.

O'REILLY: And Caroline put that out. Caroline Kennedy put that out. Now, did you have a coach, an elocution coach to help you with the Boston accent?

LOWE: I did not. This was all--

O'REILLY: Just you?

LOWE: This was all me sitting in my office.

O'REILLY: Are you a good mimic? Can you do accents and things like that?

LOWE: I do have a little bit of a facility, I think.

O'REILLY: I have got to say, you really nailed the Boston accent. I lived in Boston for many years. I can't do it. I can't even do an Irish brogue. As far as the other thing that Lowe does in this movie. We saw it Monday. Lowe wouldn't sit with me, but we were in the same theater. The other thing he does is your body language, and I told you that on the phone before I saw it, is excellent.

LOWE: Thank you.

O'REILLY: How did you get that?

LOWE: Well, as you study him, you realize the tremendous amount of pain he was in, with the Freedom of Information Act. His medical records are now out.

O'REILLY: The back and things like that.

LOWE: It is unbelievable between the back and so, playing a man in that kind of pain was, I think, a really significant part of it and just the back brace, all of that. I actually thought about using the back brace but in the end I just acted it.

O'REILLY: But you also had the patrician bearing that -- Kennedy is a rich guy, and he carries himself differently than guys like me from Levittown. And guys like you. You were raised in Ohio, right?

LOWE: Yes, Dayton.

O'REILLY: He carries himself differently, and his body language when he reacts is different. And you had it. You nailed it. What's the reaction to you dealing in a project that I wrote? I mean, and these pinheads in Hollywood, you know, they don't like me at all.

LOWE: Now, Bill.

O'REILLY: Oh, come on, Lowe. No spin zone here. You know what the deal is.

LOWE: I forgot where I was for a second.

O'REILLY: I'm not going to have dinner with Hanks or Damon any time soon, you know what I'm talking about?

LOWE: The truth of it is, you won't.

O'REILLY: Right.

LOWE: And I have already gotten the message from Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Sean Penn, Danny Glover.

O'REILLY: Clooney?

LOWE: I'm no longer invited to play in the reindeer games. And it's all because of you.

O'REILLY: I don't believe that.

LOWE: It's all your fault.

O'REILLY: But did anybody really say hey, you shouldn't do this?

LOWE: No, I think -- look, even the most partisan person knows, can't argue with the success of the book and how the audience has embraced it.

O'REILLY: Right.

LOWE: And that is a huge thing, to be able to bring that, to tell a story that the country needs to hear.

O'REILLY: When this movie was shot in 18 days in Virginia. When you were shooting it, did you know how good it is? I mean, did you have an idea how well it was coming out?

LOWE: I did -- halfway through I was feeling very confident about it, because it just had a sort of magic about it. I mean, we all felt lucky to be a part of--

O'REILLY: The guy who plays Oswald, Will Rother (ph), is that his name, a young actor, the guy is phenomenal.

LOWE: He's great.

O'REILLY: He is phenomenal, not just great. I told him, I said, whoa. Because nobody has ever really brought Lee Harvey Oswald into the consciousness before.

LOWE: They have never made him a human being.

O'REILLY: And this guy does. He is a vile human being, Oswald. But this guy really nailed him.

LOWE: Yes.

O'REILLY: Overall, Americans watching this movie, do you think they are going to finally put the Kennedy assassination to rest?

LOWE: Never.


LOWE: Of course not.


LOWE: It's the great mystery of all time. I mean, I think the movie is the definitive word on what happened.

O'REILLY: Yes. We presented it really factually and so did you guys.

LOWE: And I actually believe that, but people can agree to disagree. It's such a Shakespearean story that people are going to revisit it forever because it's our -- the loss of our American dream and American royalty.

O'REILLY: And you know what I like most about this movie with Lowe? That he actually shaved and combed his hair while it was being -- that's not an easy thing to do.

LOWE: When I come on the Factor, I always make sure because I know you love it so much. I make sure that I have a little bit of --


O'REILLY: -- I saw you in the "West Wing." You were shaven there, weren't you? That was another left wing loony thing you did, right?

LOWE: I only affiliate with left wing loonies. You know me.

O'REILLY: A week from Sunday, National Geographic, 8:00 p.m. You will not be disappointed, and in fact, you will be, I think, startled by Lowe's performance and the film in general. Thanks for coming in here.

LOWE: Thank you.

O'REILLY: We appreciate it.

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