Rob Lowe Hearts Early Charlie Sheen: ‘Haagen-Dazs, BMWs, Basketball’

Vanity Fair has an interview related to Lowe's new memoir, in which he remembers the halcyon days of ice cream and Beemers during the Rat Pack 1980s.

Thank God we have Rob Lowe to tell us more still about Charlie Sheen.

Vanity Fair is running an interview related to Lowe's new memoir, in which he remembers the halcyon days of ice cream and Beemers during the Rat Packed-1980s.

“At Charlie’s house, it’s never-ending Häagen-Dazs, brand-new BMWs, a lagoon pool with underwater tunnels, and a lit, professional-grade basketball half-court," Lowe tells VF, according to a news release they offered.

(Is this revenge for the apparently false trial balloon that suggested Lowe might replace Sheen on "Two and a Half Men?")

More of the excerpt from the news release:

“We competed to see who could play harder, then show up for work and still kick ass,” Rob Lowe tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Vanessa Grigoriadis about filming Masquerade in the Hamptons in 1987 while his then buddy, Charlie Sheen, was filming Wall Street. “The verdict: Charlie by a nose.” Lowe tells Grigoriadis that his friends growing up in Malibu pre-fame were the “uncool” guys who didn’t surf: Chris Penn and Charlie Sheen. “The cool girls in Malibu had no time for me,” Lowe says. “I wasn’t a beach volleyball player, a surfer, or a quasi-burnout.” However, as Lowe recounts in a Vanity Fair excerpt from his upcoming autobiography, it would be a mere five years after plotting their acting careers in the Sheens’ pool that the actor and his friends would be shot to fame."

Early Sheen, says Lowe, was “one-of-a-kind … a Polo preppy clotheshorse in a world of O.P. shorts and surf T-shirts” and “a wonderful mix of nerd … and rebel.”

It's not hard to see who weathered the years better. (See photo. You decide.)

But still, Lowe must recognize that the most interesting thing about his memoir is apparently his souvenirs of Charlie Sheen. Not winning.