Rob Lowe on '80s Pals: Charlie Sheen Was a "Nerd" and Tom Cruise Was "Robotic"

Rob Lowe is a hunky Hollywood actor today, but he wasn't always one of the cool kids. In an interview in the new issue of Vanity Fair, the 47-year-old Parks and Recreation star opens up about his history with the Brat Pack, his numerous sexual conquests and his formative friendships with Tom Cruise and Charlie Sheen. He also shares excerpts from his upcoming autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, which reveals never-before-shared tales of his Tinseltown past.

"We competed to see who could play harder, then show up for work and still kick ass," Lowe says about his friendship with Sheen while the two were filming Masquerade and Wall Street, respectively, back in 1987. "The verdict: Charlie by a nose!" Lowe, Sheen and Chris Penn were pre-fame pals growing up in Malibu, California, but Lowe claims they were "uncool" guys who didn't surf. "I wasn’t a beach volleyball player, a surfer or a quasi-burnout."

But Lowe isn't shy about admitting his love life picked up speed. In the upcoming memoir, the actor dishes on his romances with Demi Moore, Natassja Kinski and Monaco's Princess Stephanie. And he offers a description of Sheen in his early years that's drastically different from the "warlock" we know today. "(Charlie was) one-of-a-kind... a Polo preppy clotheshorse in a world of O.P. shorts and surf T-shirts," Lowe writes of the young Sheen. "(He was) a wonderful mix of nerd... and rebel."

Lowe also remembers meeting Cruise for the first time. His first impression of the actor? "Open, friendly, funny and has an almost robotic, bloodless focus and intensity I've never encountered before." But even Cruise paled in comparison to Patrick Swayze,  "(Patrick made) Tom Cruise look lobotomized," he writes. "As cool as you want, wearing tight jeans and a tattered, sleeveless Harley-Davidson T-shirt revealing his massive, ripped arms."

Lowe's book also candidly delves into the rough patch following his '80s stardom, including a stint in rehab, but the actor says he has no regrets. "The Brat Pack is timeless," he tells Vanity Fair. "We should all be so lucky in our lives to create things that we're still talking about 25 years later."

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