Rob Lowe Suffered Migraines to Transform His Handsome Face for 'Behind the Candelabra'
Did you catch that glimpse of Rob Lowe in the "Behind the Candelabra" trailer? Or maybe you didn't recognize the "Parks and Recreation" star (around the :40 mark) as plastic surgeon Dr. Jack Startz, whose own face had been the subject of quite a bit of surgical revamping.
Startz plays a key role in the HBO movie about Vegas legend Liberace and his relationship with his young lover, Scott Thorson: He's the doc Liberace turned to when he decided he wanted Thorson to not only live like him, but look like him.
Startz's mug may have served as his calling card to patients who sought his silicone injection treatments to sculpt their features, but Lowe says transforming his own handsome face to look like Startz for "Behind the Candelabra" required an elaborate combination of tape, elastic, and wigs that left him with serious headaches during the movie's production.
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"Being pulled that long and that hard for a 12-hour day gave me migraines," the actor told Entertainment Weekly. "It's what they used to do before there were facelifts for actresses -- you know, Joan Crawford's whole career was this. Then the makeup is like Earl Scheib auto body paint sprayed on my face."
"Behind the Candelabra" is based on Scott Thorson's 1988 memoir of the same name, in which he describes his then-lover Liberace arranging an extensive, age-shaving surgery with Startz, then bringing out a painting of himself and asking Startz if he could make the much-younger Thorson look like him via surgery.