Sam Rockwell dates starlets, makes fart jokes and has his nails done. Claudine Ko doesn't.
"Who the hell is Sam Rockwell?" has a nice ring to it, no? After Jane assigned this Q&A everyone ran around the office yelling it until Vince Vaughn, who shares Sam's publicist, called us to clarify: "I know Sam Rockwell. Who doesn't know Sam Rockwell? Sam Rockwell is great!" Thanks, Vince. But for those of us who missed the proverbial boat, I did some homework, met him at a cafe near his Greenwich Village apartment and found out.
Sam's the erstwhile indie boy whose 11-year 26-film career spans roles from Head Thug in 1990's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" to the guy who lets it all hang out in "Box of Moonlight" and "Lawn Dogs" to the self-proclaimed "pus ball" in "The Green Mile" who hocks a loogie in Tom Hank's face (my favorite part). And he's damn good. This month, Sam comes out as Drew Barrymore's lovable yet nerdy boyfriend in "Charlie's Angels"
I find the 32-year-old actor in the back of the cafe using the pay phone (10 points for not having a cellular) two minutes before meeting time (10 more for being prompt). When he joined me at a table outside with messy hair and wrinkled clothes, I thought,"This Sam Rockwell could be pretty interesting".
What's up with you showing your naked butt and penis in all these
Did you care about taking it all off?
Aw, how come?
So, what other movies do you get naked in?
What do you do in your free time?
Who is this woman?
And what kind of boyfriend are you?
I hear a rumor-there are rumors about you, ya know.
I heard that you've dated a string of starlets.
It's a rumor.
Because they will come and get you afterward?
Just stalked them?
That's all right. How was it dating Drew Barrymore....as your
character in "Charlie's Angels"?
So what we heard about on-set run-ins really was crap?
What was the craziest thing you ever did as a kid?
Those are my favorite kinds of kids, the ones who fall down a
flight of stairs and laugh. Of course, they wind up with brain damage 20 years
Are you content with being a great actor vs. a rich and famous
No, I think you're a great actor.
Are you a yuppie yet?
And you eat Power Bars (he takes a bite of his).
You have a manicure. For the movie?
Because your nails are nicer then mine.
And Jewish Italian gangsters get a lot of manicures?
So not only are you a yuppie, you're a yuppie woman.