John Doe’s 15 favourite Sam Rockwell Films.
“I have a constant sort of melancholy approach to acting that fuels me. I want to do everything.” – Sam Rockwell
When John Doe thinks of intuitive character actors, charismatic star showman and fearless performers Sam Rockwell’s name reveals itself swiftly as a true craftsman. Popping with charisma when demanded and painfully internalizing the next, Rockwell is hilarious in comedy, happy to embrace the farcical theatrics. Excelling when bringing naturalism to the most exploratory drama, the man has range and is resilient.
“I just see myself as a character actor. I'd like to be a star in the same way as Gary Oldman or John Malkovich are famous, who get to do character pieces and not act like movie stars.” – Sam Rockwell
The upcoming release of Iron Man 2 co-starring the one and only opposite Don Cheadle, combined with the trapped in distribution limbo Betty Anne Waters (Starring Hillary Swank and Juliette Lewis) serves to highlight how adept the man is at juggling Blockbuster comic books and complex drama.
“I feel a little strange all the time, a little bit off-center. I never feel that people are as nutty as me.” – Sam Rockwell
Truth be told this post is John Doe's tiny protest against the Academy for not nominating his full scope performance in Moon as the years best. JD just has so much admiration for Mr Rockwell that he had to do a Top 15 films list. In some the one time Guy Fleegman is the leading man, others a discreet costar stealing scenes without chewing scenery, but all are entertaining films that resonate from his presence.
“When I took acting classes and being drunk was the assigned impediment of the day, a lot of people would go out the night before and get drunk. That's not research! Research is going to bar... and drinking coffee.” – Sam Rockwell
1. Moon (2009)
2. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
want to know why JD is awed by Rockwell's talent? As an added treat, a piece of footage that John Doe has watched obsessively since discovering it in the Special Features for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Behold Sam Rockwell the boogie King in this audition for the Chuck Barris exaggeration of the truth – with Clooney in the audience.
3. Lawn Dogs (1997)
Trailer for Lawn Dogs, that doesn't really do the film justice
4. The Assassination of Jesse James (2007)
5. Safe Men (1998)
One of the many hilarious scenes from Safe Men co-starring Paul Giamatti, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Zhan
"Safe Men was exhausting, although I had a great time on it. I have a special place in my heart for Safe Men. That was a true independent film, in a budget sense. There were no trailers. Steve [Steve Zahn] and I were hanging out. It was guerrilla filmmaking. But we had a blast. And such good actors. For such a low budget, we had top rate actors, Michael Lerner, Harvey Fierstein. Steve Zahn, by far, one of the best actors I have ever worked with...” – Sam Rockwell
6. Galaxy Quest (1999)
“That part is kind of an homage to Bill Paxton in Aliens (1986). I definitely stole some moves from my buddy [actor] Steve Zahn and Bill Murray's lounge singer character from "Saturday Night Live" (1975) is in there somewhere. Plus a little Michael Keaton in Night Shift (1982) and definitely some Richard Pryor. I get a lot from Richard Pryor actually. How agile he is, vulnerable.” – Sam Rockwell
7. Jerry and Tom (1998)
8. Heist (2001)
9. Matchstick Men (2003)
10. Choke (2008)
11. Snow Angels (2007)
12. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
13. Frost/Nixon (2008)
14. Box of Moonlight (1996)
Tom Dicillo Directs sam Rockwell, John Tuturro, Catherine Keener and Dermot Mulroney in Box of Moonlight
15. Welcome to Collinwood (2002)
Disclaimer; Though admittedly he was the best thing about them, the movies The Green Mile and Charlie’s Angels were not included in this list because they are inferior works that no one should have to endure.
All Sam Rockwell Quotes courtesy of Imdb.com