Rockwell’s delayed launch party

Rockwell’s delayed launch party

Sam Rockwell was the next big movie star until he wasn’t.

High profile films like “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and “Matchstick Men” seemed like the start of a Major Career. But those films fizzled with audiences, and suddenly Rockwell was just another actor for hire.

That doesn’t mean he’s not a standout talent, and his still-busy career is a testament to his unorthodox appeal. He lacks that movie star mug, and he’s unconventional in his mannerisms without veering off into quirky-land.

He’s terrific in “Snow Angels,” the new DVD drama I reviewed over at my sister film site, Movies in Toto. And the trailer for his upcoming indie film “Choke” has me seriously intrigued.

Maybe having a Major Career isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.

(Photo: Versatile actor Sam Rockwell plays Glenn Marchand in David Gordon Green’s “Snow Angels,” out on DVD Sept. 16 – photo credit: Chris Reardon/Crossroads Films)

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RegsNo Gravatar September 11, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Guy Fleegman from Galaxy Quest!

Is there even air out there? You don’t know!

He cracked me up.

cftotoNo Gravatar September 11, 2008 at 5:20 pm

Galaxy Quest … one of the best sleepers in recent memory!

chaseNo Gravatar September 11, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Apparently Roger Ebert got what was coming …

check out this link from Gawker …

You’ll have to cut and paste, I’m too lazy to bother with the html link stuff

Brant SkograndNo Gravatar September 12, 2008 at 12:34 am

I’m curious how some actors’ careers develop — some just go for the money and some choose scripts based on artistic merit. It seems to work out best for a career when an artsy film makes a lot of money.

But “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” was a rotten movie. It did not do justice to the book, and would not be a boost to anyone’s career. Rockwell had to have known that the film would pale in comparison to Douglas Adams’ written word. . .so why participate in the first place?

Brant Skogrand

cftotoNo Gravatar September 12, 2008 at 3:23 am

Tackling “Hitchhiker’s” was a risky move … but occasionally lightning and bottle meet. Careers are funny things … there’s major luck involved, but savvy actors last longer. Remember how Ah-nold, once he gots some clout, teamed up with the hottest, brightest directors in mainstream cinema (James Cameron, Ivan Reitman) and he made a career out of those selections.

chaseNo Gravatar September 12, 2008 at 3:42 am

Ah-nold, also got too big for his giant britches later on, insisting on playing kid-friendly good guys … his masterpiece, Total Recall , led to some horrible movies … kindergarten cop? jingle all the way? last action hero? terminator 2 and 3 …

cftotoNo Gravatar September 12, 2008 at 3:46 am

Ah-nold rode his fame longer than anyone had a right to expect — and “Kindergarten Cop” wasn’t so bad! I can’t say the same about “Last Action Hero,” tho

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