Rob Lowe admits he wants to lead a reboot of The West Wing… with himself as the president
Rob Lowe wants to lead a reboot of The West Wing.
The actor starred in the political drama as Deputy White House Communications Director Seaborn for four years between 1999 and 2003 before returning for the final episodes in 2006 and he’d love to see the show return to TV – with his own alter ego as president.
Lowe, 55, told BBC Radio Five Live on Wednesday: ‘Of course I’m in. I’m in my suit ready to play Sam Seaborn.
Dreaming big: Lowe attended the 2019 FOX Upfront at Wollman Park, Central Park in New York City in May. He admitted he is ‘in’ for a reboot of The West Wing should the opportunity arise on Wednesday
Throwback: Lowe played Deputy White House Communications Director Sam Seaborn for four years between 1999 and 2003 before returning for the final episodes in 2006
Costars: Lowe, 55, also heaped praise on his former co-star Martin Sheen, who portrayed President Josiah ‘Jed’ Bartlet, and admitted he still couldn’t believe that his friend never won an Emmy Award for his role in the show
‘I think all he needs to do, frankly, is go back and watch the show where [President Josiah Bartlet] says ‘Sam, you’ll be president one day, don’t be afraid’.
‘There’s your show. Hello, Aaron Sorkin, hello, you wrote it.’
Lowe also heaped praise on his former co-star Martin Sheen, who portrayed President Josiah ‘Jed’ Bartlet, and admitted he still couldn’t believe that his friend never won an Emmy Award for his role in the show.
Say cheese: Sheen posed for a selfie with a fan at a Netflix event for his series Grace and Frankie in May
He said: ‘It was always a surprise and a source of some consternation among both fans and the folks responsible for making The West Wing that Martin Sheen never won an Emmy for playing one of the landmark roles in TV history.’
Rob is rumored to have quit ‘The West Wing’ after four seasons following a dispute over his salary as he was reportedly unable to have his $70,000-an-episode fee increased to be more in line with Martin, who was said to be earning more than four times more.
Creator Aaron Sorkin previously admitted he’d like to bring back the show and eyed ‘This Is Us’ actor Sterling K. Brown as a new US president.
In charge: Creator Aaron Sorkin (pictured in New York City in May) previously admitted he’d like to bring back the show and eyed ‘This Is Us’ actor Sterling K. Brown as a new US president
Potential POTUS: Sorkin has imagined actor Sterling K. Brown, pictured here at an event for his series This Is Us, as president in a West Wing revival
He said of his idea: ‘Sterling K. Brown as the president, and there’s some kind of jam, an emergency, a very delicate situation involving the threat of war or something, and Bartlet, long since retired, is consulted in the way that Bill Clinton used to consult with Nixon.’
Though the award-winning series is no stranger to floating rumors, nothing in particular has indicated that a return is on the nigh.
According to Deadline, actor Richard Schiff expressed that Sorkin was interested in a revival in January.
When the outlet asked Sorkin himself about potential for a West Wing revival, he replied: ‘If I get a good idea, and that rarely happens, then yes, but right now, I just don’t have the idea.’