Rob Lowe turns in a performance as Casey Anthony’s attorney in the Lifetime original movie Prosecuting Casey Anthony. The flick is scheduled to air this Saturday (January 19).

Instead of telling the story from Anthony’s point of view, the upcoming legal drama chronicles her lawyers’ attempts to defend her in court. Rob Lowe will reportedly portray Jeff Ashton in the made-for-television motion picture.

According to Showbiz Tonight, Lowe said he was as shocked as everyone else when the jury handed down the not guilty verdict to Casey Anthony. The actor said he watched the trial faithfully and was stunned when it turned out the way it did.

Lowe explained:

“This was a circus, and I think Jeff [Ashton] is a gentleman of court. He comes from an era where certain things are done and certain things are not done in court. I think Jose Baez is the type of lawyer who just goes for it and the jury believed Jose.”

Even after spending time with Ashton in real life, Lowe admitted that he didn’t completely understand the trial or Anthony herself. The actor also said he believes that social media may have played a part in the Casey Anthony verdict.

The actor said:

“”I think that had a lot to do with the outcome. I think the country communicated immediately in a way that was not being communicated in the courtroom and the two never, ever intersected. We all have consequences to our actions, although there are certain people who like to pretend otherwise.”

Although he lived through the actual trial, Jeff Ashton recently told Central Florida News that he intends to watch the movie when it airs this Saturday. The script was based on his book Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony.

He told the publication:

“”It’s going to be interesting. I am going to watch it with friends. My wife and I went to Winnipeg and watched a day of filming, and met most of the principal actors. I know there are parts of it that I am not going to like,” he said. “There’s a preview out there right now, where Mr. Lowe has a line playing me where he says something like, ‘When I’m finished with her, she’ll be the most hated woman in America.’ And when I saw that, I thought, ‘I never would say that.’ So I’m sure there are going to be moments when I go, ‘Oh, my God.’ “

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January 18, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Kevin Machado, On Air | No comment