Rob Lowe Talks Immersing Himself In Drew Peterson Role

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Rob Lowe spent his summer vacation from “Parks and Recreation” shooting “The Drew Peterson Story,” and the actor said the made-for-TV movie is a big change from his typical acting roles.

“It’s a total departure,” he told correspondent Laura Saltman on Tuesday during a visit to the set of his NBC sitcom.

In “The Drew Peterson Story,” Rob plays the accused wife-killer, and he said he studied footage of the former Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant to prepare for the Lifetime project, which also stars “Big Bang Theory’s” Kaley Cuoco as his fourth wife, Stacy, who went missing in 2007.

In 2009, Peterson was arrested on murder charges in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and is suspected in the disappearance of Stacy. He pleaded not guilty to his third wife’s murder in May 2009.

“The good news is there’s hours and hours of footage, so I had a library to cull through of Drew Peterson interviews and stuff shot,” Rob said. “So I just immersed myself in that for weeks and weeks and weeks. I think it’s gonna be interesting.”

Rob went through quite a transformation to play the part – going gray, and donning a moustache.

The hair took six and a half hours of dyeing to get just right, and the makeup took at least two and a half hours a day, but Rob said his performance was his own.

“The affect, the voice, the physicality, I mean, the makeup can only get you so far and then you’ve gotta do the performance,” he said. “I think it’s gonna be cool. It was really fun for me to do something so different, and that’s what’s great about this moment in my life is I’m really able to go from one extreme to the other. Drew Peterson and [‘Parks and Recreation’s’] Chris Traeger… literally could not be more different.”

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