Rob Lowe puts for­ward the case for the de­fence

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - COLIN VICK­ERY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

Talk about art im­i­tat­ing life. Rob Lowe’s fa­ther is a lawyer and one of his own sons is in law school. Now the 52-year-old is play­ing an ac­tor who tries to be a real life lawyer in The Grinder.

Lowe (right) stars as pret­ty­boy ac­tor Dean San­der­son Jr in the US sit­com. Dean has played a fic­tional lawyer, Mitch Grinder, on TV for years. When his TV show is can­celled he re­turns to his home­town to join the fam­ily law firm.

Dean is de­luded enough to think that act­ing the role of a lawyer on TV gives him the qual­i­fi­ca­tion to do it in real life.

Lowe is in no doubt about his ca­pac­ity to fol­low in his fa­ther’s foot­steps. “I’m ac­tu­ally prob­a­bly not smart enough to be a lawyer,” Lowe laughs. “I only play them on tele­vi­sion.”

Lowe also has no il­lu­sions about Dean’s men­tal ca­pac­ity. “He knows noth­ing about the real law — let’s be clear, he’s an id­iot.”

Lowe has teamed with Fred Sav­age, of Won­der Years fame, for The Grinder. Sav­age plays Dean’s younger brother Ste­wart, a lawyer at the fam­ily firm. Sav­age has put aside his di­rect­ing ca­reer ( Two Broke Girls, The Gold­bergs) to re­turn to act­ing for The Grinder.

“I’m go­ing to be miss­ing di­rect­ing jobs but I wanted to do this,” Sav­age says. “I re­ally en­joyed it and I found my sea legs and re­alised that maybe I did want to get back into it.”

The heart of the sit­com is sib­ling ri­valry. Ste­wart is mar­ried to Dean’s for­mer girl­friend, Deb­bie (Mary El­iz­a­beth El­lis from It’s Al­ways Sunny in Philadel­phia).

Ste­wart has the smarts but he strug­gles to get any re­spect from his fa­ther Deanean Sr (Wil­liam De­vane). ). Dean Jr is the ap­ple of his fa­ther’sther’s eye.

Lowe’s juici­est roles have been on TV — Samm Se­aborn on The West Wing, Sen­a­tor ena­tor Robert McCal­lis­ter on Brother­srothers and Sis­ters, Chris Traeger eger in Parks and Recre­ation, andnd Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy in Killing Kennedy.

“I sort of feel, with­out be­ing too fine about out it, ev­ery­thing has ledd to this, in terms of what I knownow to­day and my abil­ity to play a guy like The Grinderder (Dean Jr),” Lowe says.

“It’s a per­fect time ime for me to play a guy who’s done a lot of episodes odes of tele­vi­sion.”

“He knows noth­ing about the real law — let’s be clear, he’s an id­iot”

ROB LOWE ON HIS NEW CHAR­AC­TER

THE GRINDER, ELEVEN, EN, TUES­DAY, 9.30PM

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