Terry Knickerbocker on Working with Sam Rockwell

Oct

06

Sam Rockwell’s preparation is excruciatingly thorough

Terry Knickerbocker on working with Sam Rockwell in an interview with Jenelle Riley at Backstage MagazineSam Rockwell’s encyclopedic knowledge of movies from the 1970s, such as Mean Streets, has guided him through his acting career as well as Terry.

Terry reveals why he sees Sam as a remarkable student

“He loves knowledge. He is one of the most prepared actors I know. He will do maximum preparation for every role, from taking self-defense courses and learning to use weapons and hand-to-hand combat for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind to enlisting a vocal coach for Conviction. He takes a script and works his way through it over and over again. We work the scenes until he has a very specific idea of what he’s going to do.”

Great quote from IMDB about Sam Rockwell and recalling a period he went through when he was 18:

“I watched Raging Bull (1980) like 50 times. I wanted to be Italian. For a year I was Italian; that’s all I did. I could do all that New York street stuff to the point where I would get feedback from my auditions, “He’s too New York, he’s too urban” and I was from San Francisco, really.”

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