“I’m fully aware that I sound like a crazy, Hollywood kook right now.”
For anyone else, the game of Celebrity Scrabble would award that quote with a triple-redundancy-score, but when it’s coming with a sheepish, pearly-toothed grin from Rob Lowe, we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. Lowe is on a publicity tour promoting his new reality show, The Lowe Files, where he and his sons, Matthew and John Owen, pursue paranormal phenomena in a way that only a multi-generational hunk family can.
Of particular interest is the season finale where Lowe claims, in an interview with EW.com, that he and the boys encounter a Bigfoot in the Ozark Mountains, which he impressively and properly refers to as a “wood ape.”
“A wood ape is the local vernacular for a Sasquatch or a Bigfoot. We’re 100 miles from the nearest town. We spent 45 minutes on the most rugged, brutal mountain trails. It’s 1 in the morning. There are a lot of serious former military men with loaded weapons, then something starts approaching our camps that is defying their orders to stop and their warnings that [they were] armed.”
Insert a patented Rob Lowe dramatic pause here.
“Genuinely terrified? I was lying on the ground thinking I was going to be killed.”
Are any other celebrities willing to sound like a “crazy, Hollywood kook” and admit to seeing or at least believing in Bigfoot? There’s a few. Dean Cain, who hosted the “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty” reality show in 2014 (spoiler alert – they didn’t award the prize), says “I started off as a major skeptic and I’m much less skeptical now than I was.” That’s not exactly a rousing endorsement, which may be why the show didn’t get renewed. On the other hand, Megan Fox has long professed her belief in Sasquatch and once made this boast:
“Bigfoot’s real. And I have confidence in myself that if I were ever to be taken out on an expedition I would be the one to find Bigfoot.”
Could Megan join Rob and sons for a second season of The Lowe Files? Matthew and John Owen may be drooling at that thought but executive producer and married dad Rob most likely wants to get through this season first. He says he “grew up watching Leonard Nimoy’s In Search Of… " and if he wants a quality show to emulate, he couldn’t have picked a better one.
Do Rob & sons find a wood ape? Will Lowe host the show like Mr. Spock or just another crazy Hollywood kook? You’ll have to wait until August 2nd when the show premieres on A&E.