Rockwell talks ‘Conviction,’ other choices for Kenny Waters, destroyed footage

Posted by · 10:13 am · October 21st, 2010

Backstage’s Jenelle Riley recently moderated a post-screening Q&A with “Conviction” star Sam Rockwell and a few interesting nuggets surfaced during the chat.

First and foremost, I was always under the impression that Rockwell was the first choice for the role of Kenny Waters in the film.  But as he reveals here, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly dropped out of the part along the way.  It leaves you wondering what the film might have been like.  I think either actor would have been intriguing but Rockwell brings a real charm to the character that might have been lacking otherwise.

But most crushing, I’d say, is the fact that 16 hours of crucial footage was apparently destroyed by an airport x-ray.  Can you imagine?  And it sounds like it was intense material as Rockwell says it was probably the hardest thing he’s ever done to go back and res-hoot all of that stuff.

It’s worth a look and listen.  Head on over to Backstage to watch or check out the embed after the jump.

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  • 1 10-21-2010 at 3:26 pm

    Danny King said...

    Devastating news about that prison footage, although seeing the film, I never would have guessed there were problems during the shoot. I definitely think the charisma Rockwell brings to the role would have been lost if either Hoffman or Reilly played the part.

  • 2 10-21-2010 at 4:08 pm

    MovieMan said...

    Loved “Conviction.” Although leaving out the morbid bit of irony about what happened to Kenny Waters six months after getting out of prison was a bit of a cheat. Adding it, even a tiny mention of it, could have added much more to the film.

    Still, what a strong picture it was.

  • 3 10-21-2010 at 8:41 pm

    Collin said...

    Really loved “Conviction” as well. A little bummed out people aren’t talking about it for Best Picture or Director consideration, I really think it’s worthy.

  • 4 3-17-2011 at 9:41 pm

    jeannie said...

    R u fricking kidding me this film conviction is the best film i have seen in my life. I was shocked to c on this site kenny lost his life after 6 months of bein out im sic to my stomach. That man had such a hard life and his sis is the best in the world the lv this fam had has for eachother im glad he got to meet his child and b free im sad to hear he isnt alive. Wow wow all i can say a film that made me cry the whole time.