Rob Lowe has a new A&E TV series, The Lowe Files, in which he and his sons hunt urban legends, myths, and monsters. “If you put Anthony Bourdain in a blender with Scooby Doo, you’d get the tone of this show,” he tells Entertainment Weekly – which… sounds… AMAZING. I mean, omg. I am SO THERE.
He goes on to say:
I grew up watching Leonard Nimoy’s In Search Of… I loved it. People always ask me what my guilty pleasure is on television, and my guilty pleasures are Ancient Aliens and Finding Bigfoot. I don’t hate-watch them, but I also don’t watch them as a total believer. I watch them hoping to believe, because a world in which Bigfoot exists and aliens exist, to me, is more interesting and fun. That’s the spirit of our show.
Among the mysterious phenomena they go in search of— an underwater alien base off the coast of Malibu, a reportedly haunted reformatory for boys, and Preston Castle (where they work with a shaman),
Did this show make you more of a believer?
Based on my experiences on the show, particularly around ghosts — absolutely. We captured some incredible [footage]. Our first episode is about poltergeists in one of the most notoriously haunted structures in America. Nothing is staged, nothing is trick-cut — no B.S. I believe there are probably ghosts out there. The rest of [what we found I accepted on a] case-by-case basis, but we had an incredible encounter with what locals call the wood ape, which is in the Ozark Mountains. I’m fully aware that I sound like a crazy, Hollywood kook right now.
Were you genuinely terrified?
Genuinely terrified? I was lying on the ground thinking I was going to be killed.
What exactly is a wood ape?
A wood ape is the local vernacular for a Sasquatch or a Bigfoot. This is what I love about our show. We have fun with all of this. We hit the bullseye between true believer and skeptic in a fun way. [The locals] talk to you about the wood ape in all seriousness. If you call it a Bigfoot or a Sasquatch, they roll their eyes… as if that makes it less outrageous. I don’t want to set up something we don’t deliver on all the time, because if everybody could go out and get great results on all of this, these stories and mysteries would all be solved. Some episodes we had incredible results, and others we just had incredible adventures, and that’s what’s great about it. It’s a case of the journey being as entertaining and fun as the destination.
How many episodes before we get to see the wood ape!?
Sadly for you, my good friend, the wood ape is in the one-hour season finale.