Sam Rockwell has carved out a career filled with critically acclaimed performances, and now he’s an Oscar winner thanks to his work in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Rockwell thanked late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman as he closed his acceptance speech, and during the backstage interviews he elaborated on why Hoffman meant so much to him.
“He was a great inspiration and a great theater director,” said Rockwell. “He was a bit of a jock. He was a wrestler. He played basketball. He inspired me and I could go on for an hour about Philip Seymour Hoffman. (He) was a good friend and a huge inspiration on me.”
Click on the media bar to hear Rockwell talk about the work (which he describes as a souffle) that was involved in crafting his character in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Sam Rockwell gave one of 2017’s best performances as a racist cop in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and he was celebrated for his work with a Golden Globe Award. After delivering his speech, Rockwell went backstage to mention one important aspect he forgot to mention.
“I forgot to thank my fellow nominees up there on the stage so I wanted to thank them and say I am honored and humbled to be in there company,” said Rockwell who will next be seen with Jessica Chastain in Woman Walks Ahead.
On any other year, whether Rockwell will win an Oscar for his supporting role should be the main topic of conversation, but there is a huge sea change in Hollywood when it comes to sexual harassment, and Rockwell chimed in on how men can play an even more important role in the conversation.
As evidenced with the critically acclaimed In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, filmmaker Martin McDonagh knows how to find humor amidst tragedy. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri centers on a mother (Frances McDormand) who is attempting to find justice for her murdered daughter. Under different hands, this story would be a straight ahead drama, but McDonagh has other plans.
“Well because it sort of starts off in such a sad place I didn’t want to stay or dwell in that place for too long,” said McDonagh. “My natural metier as they say in France is to try and find some kind of humor in most situations. Not to stay in the darkness but to try and find something a little bit lighter than that.”
It wouldn’t have been funny if Frances McDormand rejected the part, as she was McDonagh’s first and presumably only choice for the part. Click on the media bar below to hear McDonagh talk about casting McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri opens in select theaters on Friday, November 10.
Poltergeist,from producer Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan (Monster House), comes out on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, and DVD on September 29 via 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Both Blu-ray versions comes with an alternate ending and extended cut, while the DVD comes with the alternate ending.
A contemporary version of the 1982 supernatural thriller, Poltergeist stars Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back), Rosemarie Dewitt (Promised Land, Nobody Walks), Jane Adams (Happiness, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and Jared Harris (TV’s Mad Men, Pompeii). Pulitzer Prize-winning scribe David Lindsay-Abaire (Rise of the Guardians, Rabbit Hole) penned the script.
Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray special features include: extended cut, alternate ending, photo gallery, and theatrical trailers.
With an estimated budget of $35 million, Poltergeist took in over $47 million domestically and its worldwide haul clocked in 94.5 million. The big question regarding the alternate ending and extended cut is wheather it pushes the horror boundaries a bit further, since the theatrical cut is rated PG-13.
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It’s hard to find an actor these days with a more versatile resume than Sam Rockwell. Galaxy Quest, Matchstick Men, Moon, Frost/Nixon, the criminally underrated Lawn Dogs, and most recently The Way Way Back are proof of Rockwell’s dexterous and chameleon like abilities.
With A Single Shot, he ventures into hard boiled thriller territory, playing a hunter named John Moon who accidentally kills a woman was carrying more money than he’s probably seen in his life. This West Virginia set tale also stars William H. Macy as a compromised lawyer who helps Moon in his divorce battle. Fighting his ex-wife, however, is just one of his problems, as a couple of cutthroats are on his trail for the cash.
The trailer contains echoes of the Coen Brothers masterpiece No Country for Old Men, another unforgiving piece of drama where essentially no good, or bad deed, went unpunished. Check out the clip and tell us if this is a film you’re going to catch when it hits theaters on September 20th (it’s also on VOD starting August 20th).
As an added bonus, here’s a clip we pulled from The Way Way Back, as Sam Rockwell and Maya Rudolph talk about the keys to improvisation.