Rob Lowe Says Ryan Murphy Wrote ‘nip/tuck’ for Him. Here’s Why He Didn’t Do It.

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Rob Lowe might be again on tv in Fox’s subsequent 9-1-1 spinoff, 9-1-1: Lone Star. Lowe performs a New York firefighter who goes to Austin to construct a brand new workforce for a station who misplaced most of their firefighters in a tragedy. Lowe mentioned he’d wished to work with 9-1-1 creator Ryan Murphy since nip/tuck, and he truly missed a possibility to.

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On a Television Critics Association panel for the present, which premieres January 19, Lowe revealed that Ryan Murphy created a personality on nip/tuck for Lowe. Lowe by no means discovered till it was too late and Julian McMahon performed Dr. Christian Troy. Here’s why.

When Rob Lowe met Ryan Murphy

Rob Lowe starred on The West Wing for the primary 4 seasons and returned later. When he left, he requested to satisfy Ryan Murphy. Lowe was a fan of nip/tuck, Murphy’s present about plastic surgeons starring Dylan Baker and Julian McMahon. The medical doctors started every session asking the affected person, “Tell me what you don’t like about yourself.”

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“It was after The West Wing,” Lowe mentioned. “Everybody was making an attempt to determine what I’d do subsequent. I used to be making an attempt to determine what I’d do subsequent. I used to be obsessive about nip/tuck. I used to be obsessive about Dr. Christian Troy. I mentioned, ‘I want to meet this guy, this Ryan Murphy guy.’ I arrange a gathering, we’re at lunch.”

It was a really awkward lunch

Rob Lowe shared the story of his first assembly with Ryan Murphy. Lowe began gushing about Murphy’s work, which at that time was primarily nip/tuck. This would have been earlier than Murphy created Glee, American Horror Story, American Crime Story or Feud.

Julian McMahon performed the womanizing surgeon Dr. Christian Troy, which was a really flashy function concerned within the present’s most scandalous storylines. And that might’ve been Rob Lowe’s function!

“I’m going on and on about how much I love that character, why can’t I do something like that, why doesn’t something like that,” Lowe mentioned. “He’s getting whiter and whiter and whiter, if that’s possible. He says, ‘You know, I wrote it for you.’”

Rob Lowe’s brokers by no means confirmed him the ‘nip/tuck’ script

Rob Lowe by no means knew that Ryan Murphy wrote Christian Troy within the hopes that hew would play him. Once Murphy instructed him, Lowe requested his brokers about it and discovered they by no means confirmed him the script. There have been no exhausting emotions. Murphy understood that the prospect of nip/tuck was a giant unknown in 2003. 

Lowe reported that Murphy himself defined why he understood Lowe’s brokers hiding the nip/tuck script. 

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“[Murphy said,] ‘I wasn’t Ryan Murphy yet. FX had never done a scripted drama ever and there was no way your agents were going to take you at that point and throw you on FX with a guy who’s never really done anything. They never sent [me] the script.’”

Nevertheless, a relationship was born and practically twenty years later, Ryan Murphy landed Rob Lowe for 9-1-1: Lone Star.

“We’ve been trying to find something to do together for 20 years,” Lowe mentioned.

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