Rob Lowe Is Apparently Obsessed with the Halifax Explosion
Published Apr 18, 2018Rob Lowe is set to play the ridiculous hockey-player-turned-mayor of a Quebec town in the upcoming Super Troopers 2, and on Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this week, he revealed a facet of Canadian history that he's particularly fascinated by — the Halifax Explosion.
Lowe's character in the movie is named Guy Le Franc, but goes by the nickname "The Halifax Explosion." The actor even shared a clip from the Super Troopers sequel, in which he spouts off some historical facts about the 1917 tragedy.
Speaking to Kimmel (who had never heard of the event), Lowe claimed that he is "obsessed" with the Explosion, going into even more detail about the Halifax event than his character in the film.
As pointed out by Lowe, the Halifax Explosion was the largest man-made blast before Hiroshima. Nearly 2,000 people died, 9,000 were wounded and 25,000 lost their homes due to the damage.
Last December marked the 100th anniversary of the Explosion — or as Kimmel puts it, "It was 100 years ago so we can laugh about it."
Watch Lowe give Kimmel's audience a Canadian history lesson in the clip below. Super Troopers 2 hits theatres on April 20 (of course).