"I learned two things," he says with a smile. "In terms of being a trailblazer and a forerunner [in the sex tape business], it is overrated." Lowe notes that the only people who called and reached out to him at that dark time were Jodie Foster, whom he had befriended when they made 1984's "Hotel New Hampshire," and producer Don Simpson. "It was a learning experience for me."
Even before the sex taped leak, Lowe took another bad stumble when he performed the song "Proud Mary" with a singer dressed as Snow White in the opening of the 1989 Academy Awards. The ceremony was produced by the flamboyant Allan Carr of "Grease" fame, who favored wearing caftans.
"In terms of the Oscars, my Midwestern people-pleasing didn't suit me very well," he admits. "Where I come from, when the academy asks you to do something you say, 'Yes.' Of course, the third thing I learned was never trust a man in a caftan."
There was one upside: He got to meet Lucille Ball backstage in the green room after the number was mercifully over. "'Young man,"' Lowe says in his best Ball impression, "I didn't know you were such a good singer. Would you get me an aspirin …. my head is killing me.' I would have put myself through anything for that experience."