Rob was apparently one of those classic examples of a guy who "goes Hollywood", except I think he did it before he even got terribly well-known. He just blew off just about every friend he had - even his family to some degree - moved west and changed his name/look/everything. He reached a point a few years ago where he realized that he had no real friends left so I think he started acting a little nicer.
I know this useless gossip because we're from the same town. The only other local celebrity gossip we had was about John Greenleaf Whittier, and you know. That shit's all played out in the tabloids.