Rob Lowe says he’s game for a “West Wing” reboot — and is suggesting that his character Sam Seaborn become commander in chief.
“Of course I’m in. I’m in my suit as we speak, ready to play Sam Seaborn,” Lowe said in a Wednesday interview with BBC Radio 5 Live.
But Lowe cast doubt that the NBC political drama created and written by Aaron Sorkin, which ran from 1999 to 2006, would soon reemerge.
“I don’t want to pour water on it but I don’t think he is. I think he thinks about it, I think he’s asked about it incessantly, I think in a perfect world there’d be a version of it,” Lowe, who played the fictional deputy White House communications director on the series, said.
“But the problem with it is that [Sorkin], as of yet, has been unable to figure out what the show looks like,” he added.
“I think all he needs to do, frankly, is go back and watch the show where Bartlett says, ‘Sam, you’ll be president one day. Don’t be afraid,’ ” Lowe quipped. Martin Sheen played the fictional President Josiah Bartlet in the political drama.
“Oh, there’s your show. Hello! Aaron Sorkin, hello, you wrote it. You came up with it. Already, let’s go,” said Lowe, 55.
Sorkin has repeatedly said in interviews that he’s open to a reboot of the show, but only if he “can get a good idea.”
During an appearance last December on “The View,” Sorkin said while he wasn’t “slamming the door on it,” he and the cast are “very protective of the memory of the show.”
“I don’t want it to be a ‘Brady Bunch’ reunion,” Sorkin said. “If I can get a good idea, which is something that doesn’t happen very often, then I’ll do it.”
Asked Wednesday how a show such as “The West Wing” could compete with a political reality that’s “weirder than anything that fiction could create,” Lowe replied, “It’s a real issue, and particularly in something like ‘The West Wing’ which was so warm-hearted and aspirational.”
“It would play today like ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ it would literally be science fiction today,” Lowe said. “But, on the other side of it, it could be just what the doctor ordered.”