Lowe Breaks Down Remembering Dear Friend John Spencer
January 23, 2006

"Thank You for Smoking" opened at Sundance to smoking reviews this week in Park City, Utah. In the film, Rob Lowe plays a high-powered Hollywood agent who teams up with a tobacco spokesman to help make smoking sexy again.

The film is jam-packed with mega co-stars such as Katie Holmes, Robert Duvall, Maria Bello, Adam Brody and William H. Macy. And the critics are giving the flick a big thumbs-up.

But amidst all the excitement, Rob sat down with "Extra" and opened up about some tough events in his personal life. Of his brother's split with Hilary Swank, Rob revealed, "He seems to be doing fine, and they seem to be working through it."

Lowe told us he too is working through a tough loss: the recent passing of his dear friend John Spencer. The actor got teary eyed as he remembered his "West Wing" co-star. "He was the greatest," Lowe said. "He was probably my best buddy on the show."

Unfortunately for the millions of "West Wing" fans, after seven seasons and four Emmys, NBC announced that the show will not return after its May 14th finale.

But Rob may still make a return before "West Wing" goes off the air: "If the part was right, and it made sense, I'd do it."

"Thank You for Smoking" opens this March in a theater near you. But remember, save your smoking for after the film!

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