Rob Lowe puts forward the case for the defence
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