The Hollywood star, 54, attended Santa Monica High School alongside Sheen, Robert Downey Jr and Sean Penn. Lowe said the aspiring actors often made their own “back-yard” movies together, including one entitled The Beast, which he and Sheen shot in Martin Sheen’s garden in 1977, when they were 13.
He is now due to show the film — which he describes as “the stupidest movie ever committed to video tape” — at his live show, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, in London next month.
He told A-List: “Inevitably people ask me about growing up with Charlie Sheen and Sean Penn, going to high school with Robert Downey Jr. We all made back-yard movies with our little cameras because we all wanted to be actors. When I was making the live show I found one of the movies.
“Without giving too much away, it is shot in Martin Sheen’s back yard. Charlie plays an investigative television reporter. I cannot reveal who plays the beast as it would reveal the big twist. I play a terrified local citizen who has been traumatised by seeing the beast. It may be the stupidest movie ever committed to video tape.”
He added: “I’m very excited to do the world premiere of one of my eighth grade back-yard movies with some quite big stars in it — I think the Baftas need to take note.”
Lowe has just started filming ITV crime series Wild Bill, which is set in Boston, Lincolnshire.
Speaking about his character Bill Nixon, a high-flying US cop who has moved to the UK, the actor said: “He is a fish out of water, as you can imagine. They don’t know what to make of him and he doesn’t know what to make of them.”
Rob Lowe, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: Live! will be held on December 1 at Royal Festival Hall. Tickets at southbankcentre.co.u