Rob Lowe proud of Brat Pack

May 29th, 2011

Rob Lowe "loves" the term Brat Pack and is proud he was part of it.

The 'St Elmo's Fire' actor was part of a group of young, hard-partying actors - along with stars including Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Andrew McCarthy - who were given the nickname in the early 80s and while most disliked the term, Rob admits he now has affection for it.

He said: "It's a brilliant moniker that's stood the test of time. But, y'know, the public - I think - don't look upon it as a pejorative. Today I love the term.

"You know, if you were a part of something that people are still talking about, pretty affectionately for the most part, 25 years later, that's totally a good thing."

The 'West Wing' star was very competitive for roles at the time and once even nearly started a full blown fight with Tom Cruise - then still a rising star - as they rehearsed a fight scene, after he accidentally hit him for real, leading to his co-star to retaliate with such force they had to be pulled apart.

Rob said: "We all beat the living s**t out of one another. We really did. I got one clean shot on Tom, and Tom is such a competitive lunatic - which is what I love about him - but the next thing you know he's ready to kill me!"