Now, he has a BUNCH of upcoming films on his plate. Of course, there is Choke. Then there is the Oscar-hopeful Frost/Nixon coming out later this year. He has Moon, directed by David Bowie’s son Duncan, about an astronaut stranded on the moon for three years. He’ll follow that up alongside Robert De Niro and Kate Beckinsale in Everybody’s Fine about a widower (De Niro) who goes on a spontaneous road trip to reconnect with all of his grown children. Then there is Jared Hess’s Nacho Libre follow-up Gentlemen Broncos, the James C. Strouse (Lonesome Jim, Grace is Gone) dramedy The Winning Season co-starring Emma Roberts about a has-been coach who is asked to coach a local high school girl’s team, and End Zone with Josh Harnett about a “college football running back struggles to balance his newfound fame, a crush on a co-ed, his relationship with the school’s excitable publicist, and a teacher with nefarious plans for the star athlete.”
Needless to say, Sam has been busy lately, and I think this could be the year that he really falls into the spotlight – and I do mean “fall,” as he doesn’t seem particularly interested in the whole fame thing.
Read on to check out my top ten Sam Rockwell performances (not necessarily movies). Then write up yours in the comments or just discuss what you think about Rockwell.
10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Alright, my tongue may be planted firmly in my cheek, but c’mon – this introduced most of the world to the greatness of Sam Rockwell! As “Head Thug,” he spewed out just a few lines, but with those he showed how much of a bad boy he was, even though in the end he had a change of heart and showed he wasn’t just a thug after all.
9. Safe Men
6. Galaxy Quest
4. Snow Angels
3. Matchstick Men
The film that really made me take notice of Rockwell.
2. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
His performance here is a tour de force of subtlety.
1. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
If you haven’t seen this, do yourself a favor and do so.