Actor and author Rob Lowe, who portrays President John F. Kennedy in the new National Geographic film, Killing Kennedy, feels that the 35th president set the standard for the current generation of politicians.
“… He has bred a generation, or two generations of political figures who really are just imitating stuff that they saw Kennedy do. You know, how to behave, how to act, how to message…He sort of invented the modern sort of way that people want to be perceived in Washington.”
Lowe, also known for his work in The West Wing, discusses exactly what he believes has made Kennedy such an enduring iconic figure in American culture after he was assassinated in 1963.
“…He is a man and a human like everyone else. He’s heroic, and he has dreams, hopes, and ambitions. He’s a father, son, and a husband. Flawed, heroic, all of those things…I wanted to reintroduce people to the person who changed history.”
Watch the entire PRESS Pass interview above to hear more about how Lowe trained to play President Kennedy in the new film, as well as his take on the state of politics in America today.
Killing Kennedy airs Sunday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET on the National Geographic Channel.
First published November 6 2013, 7:42 AM