Rob Lowe shows off his surf skills!

He rose to fame in the 80s in a variety of hit films, which established him as one of the leading members of the Brat Pack alongside Emilio Estevez.   But these days while the cool acting group may have dismembered, it looks like Rob Lowe may be trying to get another kind of pack – of the six pack variety.   The 49-year-old actor was seen showing off his impressive physique as he hit the waves for some surfing in Hawaii on Tuesday.

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The handsome American was seen topless with his hair-less chest on show before he slipped on a rash vest for going in the water.   He may not quite have a six pack but he certainly has an impressive body and muscly arms.

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The West Wing star is not a first time surfer as he showed taking to the waves with poise and confidence.   Wearing a pair of black shorts with a rash vest that clung his chest Rob manoeuvred the waves with ease.   And when he emerged from the water with his wet hair messily falling around his head, he looked every inch the Hollywood heartthrob he was back in the days of St Elmo’s Fire.

Rob’s surfing trip on Tuesday seemed to be one with his friends as he wasn’t accompanied by his wife of 21 years, make-up artist Sheryl Berkoff or either of their two sons 19-year-old Erick and 17-year-old John.   The holiday to Hawaii was no doubt a welcome break for the busy actor who has been playing health-nut Chis Chris Traeger on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, which is now in its fifth season.   Speaking about his character, The Austin Powers actor said recently: ‘He’s become the happiest sad person on network television. He embraces life, even when he’s steering into a depressing skid.

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‘There’s a part of him that savors it in a way that I think is sort of sweet and weirdly inspiring.’

The popular actor is likely to surprise fans with his next role though as he ‘goes gay’ alongside Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra, which airs on HBO in May.   ‘Matt Damon and I would sit on the set in our makeup and costume and be like, “Dude, when people see us in this movie, it’s going to be the end for both of us,”‘ Lowe told CNN last month.   ‘It’s the most outrageous, over-the-top, hilarious, demented and yet weirdly realistic and sweet movie ever made. And, I might add, it’s so gay, it makes an average episode of Glee look like The Expendables.’

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Workouts definitely paid off!

Fans of The Bourne Identity with certain affection for Matt Damon will be salivating over his next project.

The 42-year-old actor stars as a muscled tough guy named Max in Neill Blomkamp’s forthcoming sci-fi drama Elysium.

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A newly-released promotional shot obtained by Entertainment Weekly shows the action star revealing his rock hard abs, decorated with tattoos, as he prepares to invade a space station – home to a utopian society which has left humans for dead on Earth.

His head shaved, and body covered with ink, Damon takes centre stage in the latest offering from Blomkamp, who also wrote and directed intelligent sci-fi film District 9.

Set in the year 2154, Elysium follows life on a space station of the same name, and the humans on Earth forced to fight for survival on a toxic planet.

Blomkamp described Max as the ‘archetypal character who just grew up on the wrong side of the tracks but isn’t a bad guy’, in an interview with EW.com.

‘The idea is that they grew up in this gang environment so each tattoo does have a personal meaning to the character,’ the actor added.

The star revealed the vision for the character, who wears an exo-skeleton ‘hulk-suit’ meant he had to bulk up substantially for the role. He was also concerned about getting injured.

‘It’s really insidious trying to carry extra weight even if you’re in shape,’ Damon told the publication. ‘You just really need a pretty strong core or you can get injured pretty easily, particularly at my age.’

Damon is no stranger to altering his appearance when it comes to his job.

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The Good Will Hunting hunk drastically lost weight for his roles in The Talented Mr Ripley and Courage Under Fire, before beefing up again for his iconic part as Jason Bourne.   At the time he said: ‘It’s just really hard work… I’ve lost tremendous amounts of weight in my life and there’s just no secret.

‘I did it before the days of getting a nutritionist and chef, you just got to run 13 miles a day with six and a half in the morning and six and a half at night.

‘You can never take a day off and, for four months, you eat nothing but chicken and egg whites and broccoli and no butter anywhere.

‘If you go out to eat you have to have a conversation with the waiter and say, “I’m gonna be your worst nightmare. I’m gonna send the food back if I taste oil on it and I will taste the oil on it.” You got to be that guy.’

He credits Bourne with helping him to prepare for this latest role.

‘I was lucky, because my first big running job was with Franka Potente on the first Bourne,’ he recalled to EW.

‘Franka and Tom Tykwer went out before they shot Run Lola Run and they video-ed her running and she told me, “I was shocked at what I looked like.” She said, “Before you do any of this, go out and get a look at yourself running because you’re way more spastic than you think. You don’t look like what you think you look like, you feel cooler than you actually look when you run.” And that was great advice.’

More recently, the Oscar-winner gained 30 pounds for The Informant, with Damon then joking: ‘I think I lost my Sexiest Man Alive title.’

In preparation of the Steven Soderbergh film, he said: ‘I just stopped working out and basically just ate whatever I wanted.

‘I ate a lot of burgers, a lot of beer and basically had a great time.’

Legendary Silence Of The Lambs actress Jodie Foster will join Damon onscreen in Elysium, along with Prison Break star William Fichtner.

The film is scheduled for release in August.

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