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You know, some actors, from the moment they step on screen, seem destined to become iconic leading men, and Sam Rockwell... isn't one of those actors. Quirky, compelling, and occasionally creepy, Sam has an off-beat energy which has led to an unconventional career.
Back in the mid-90s, Sam broke through as a coonskin cap-wearing free-spirit in the indie film Box of Moonlight. From there, he displayed his range, moving from the utterly repulsive Wild Bill in The Green Mile, to a funny, charismatic game show host slash assassin in the critically praised, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. He also has a special knack for the charismatic creep (please refer to Choke, Charlie's Angles, Iron Man 2, or, his wildly-coiffed Zaphod Beeblebrox in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).
Sam takes another step towards mainstream success in his new film, Conviction, playing a wrongly imprisoned murderer.
But Rockwell is still the man Roger Ebert called "Hollywood's go to guy for weirdness", and he's a leading man unlike any other.