EXCLUSIVE: Casting Sam Rockwell in ‘Conviction’ (clip)

Posted by · 9:39 am · October 13th, 2010

Think fast: when was the first time you remember seeing Sam Rockwell on the big screen?  Most people probably caught up with him in the late-1990s in films like “Safe Men,” “The Green Mile” and “Galaxy Quest.” Others perked up, surely, when George Clooney had the vision to give him the starring role in “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.” For me, it was a near walk-on in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

He’s come a long way since taking on the role of a punk kid in the Foot Clan factory.  I’ve loved him in pretty much everything, be it his aptly named Jimmy Silk in David Mamet’s “Heist,” his equally compelling grifter in Ridley Scott’s “Matchstick Men,” his underrated portrayal alongside Casey Affleck and Brad Pitt in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” or, certainly, his pitch-perfect work in last year’s sadly forgotten (come awards season) “Moon.”

This year the actor is poised to potentially break out into the Oscar scene with a quality, lived-in piece of work in Tony Goldwyn’s “Conviction.” Rockwell stars as Kenny Waters, a Massachusetts bad boy wrongfully imprisoned and eventually freed through the diligence of his sister, Betty Anne, who put herself through law school in order to prove his innocence.  Fox Searchlight has provided us with an exclusive clip featuring Goldwyn and Betty Anne Waters discussing the casting of the role.  Check it out after the jump.

And why not, here he is in the aforementioned 1990 hit:

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  • 1 10-13-2010 at 10:04 am

    James said...

    Love the guy. Right up there with actors like Philip Seymour Hoffman, giving one strong performance after the next and is rarely ever boring. Hope he finally gets nominated merely just for his body of work.


    He’s also ridiculously cool. Great dancer.

  • 2 10-13-2010 at 10:18 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas, Sally Menky. Someone knew what they were doing putting this Turtles crew together.

  • 3 10-13-2010 at 1:04 pm

    Brady said...

    I remember watching him in Moon and thinking “He’s awesome, where have I seen him?” and going back and re-watching everything.


  • 4 10-13-2010 at 1:24 pm

    Ali E. said...

    I (and most of my close friends) first noticed Rockwell in John Duigan’s wonderful and underrated Lawn Dogs. We’re familiar with his strong acting and shapely ass (sorry, had to do it) since then.

    He is a great actor and he should’ve been already nominated for an Oscar before. I personally think he gave the best male supporting performance of 2007 in The Assassination of Jesse James (I consider Affleck as the true lead of that film) .

  • 5 10-13-2010 at 2:45 pm

    Mike_M said...

    Wow, so his name is Kenny Powers in the movie… that is kind of funny. But yes Rockwell is the man, especially enjoyed seeing him (along with Walken and Mackie) on Broadway this past spring…

  • 6 10-13-2010 at 3:04 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I literally just adjusted that. What an awesome typo to have up there all day. Yeesh.


  • 7 10-15-2010 at 9:39 am

    Mike_M said...

    Wow I thought that was legit for a bit there… just realized it now.