Rob Lowe had a close encounter of the ridiculous kind.

The veteran actor, whose upcoming A&E reality series The Lowe Files features him and his two sons criss-cross America exploring unexplained phenomena, claims he saw Bigfoot while shooting the show. And he agrees with all you eye-rollers out there who think it sounds crazy.

"We had an incredible encounter with what locals call the wood ape, which is in the Ozark Mountains," he tells Entertainment Weekly. "I’m fully aware that I sound like a crazy, Hollywood kook right now...I was lying on the ground thinking I was going to be killed."

As for calling the creature a "wood ape," the 53-year-old says that's merely "the local vernacular for a Sasquatch or a Bigfoot."

The former West Wing star set the scene for the incident, which can be seen during the season finale:

We’re 100 miles from the nearest town. We spent 45 minutes on the most rugged, brutal mountain trails. It’s one in the morning. There are a lot of serious former military men with loaded weapons, then something starts approaching our camps that is defying their orders to stop and their warnings that [they were] armed."

While it sounds pretty intense, Lowe does admit the show has some light moments. "It’s [instead] a father-son, guy, bro adventure," he says. "It’s bittersweet, funny, silly…"

You can see Lowe, his kids -- and maybe even Bigfoot -- when The Lowe Files premieres August 2 on.

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