Atty: Peterson 'OK' with Lowe playing him on TV

June 16, 2011 2:06:50 PM PDT
Hollywood can do a lot of things, but can it turn TV/film star Rob Lowe into murder suspect Drew Peterson?Lowe will portray the jailed former Bolingbrook police officer in a made-for-TV movie by Lifetime. Peterson, 57, is charged in the 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He is also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. He told his attorney, Joel Brodsky, he had hoped to be portrayed by Denzel Washington. But, Peterson said "I guess Rob Lowe is OK," according to Brodsky. Peterson continued, according to Brodsky, saying, "However, only Al Lewis should portray state's attorney James Glasgow."

Brodsky calls the movie "entertainment" and said, "All that matters as far as I am concerned is Drew Peterson's right to a fair trial and the only opinion that really matters to us is the opinion of the jury."

The movie will reportedly be based on Chicago journalist Joseph Hosey's book, "Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Peterson." Brodsky believes the book is biased against Peterson and worries about the jury pool being tainted.

"The jury's going to hear from witnesses who are already there, not third hand or fourth hand accounts... This case has more than enough hearsay," Brodsky said.

Hosey said Brodsky's criticisms are without merit. "Some of the men and women quoted in my book "Fatal Vows" testified at a month-long pretrial hearing held in early 2010," he said. "Their testimony under oath mirrored their quotes in 'Fatal Vows' and in my stories for the Sun-Times. Maybe Mr. Brodsky would have known this if he could have stayed awake in court."

"Movies are not real life," Brodsky said. "As long as people keep that in mind, understand this was written for entertainment, profit, it's not a documentary, then I think the danger of it influencing the jury pool is minimal."

While some say Lowe fits the part, although not necessary the look, others say the movie is just drumming up more publicity for Peterson.

"You are giving him some attention and that is what he, I think, ultimately wants. So I don't think we should glorify it," Carla Brink said.

"Rob Lowe," Bill Persky said. "He's a bad boy, and I guess a bad boy plays a bad guy."

Stacy Peters, who is 30 year younger than her husband, will be played by Kaley Cuoco in the movie.

Peterson is jailed in isolation awaiting trial in the Savio murder case. He is held on $20 million bond.

The Lifetime TV movie has the working title of "Drew Peterson Story aka "Ladykiller."


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