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Sam Rockwell talks Cowboys & Aliens and flying with Harrison Ford

Jan. 10, 2011by: Dave Davis
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He wasn't exactly prominent in the teaser trailer (below), but Sam Rockwell will be riding the range and drawing iron on extraterrestrials in this summer's potential blockbuster COWBOYS & ALIENS.

Shortlist recently chatted with the actor about his drama CONVICTION and covered a variety of other topics, including his work in commercials and the private investigation field, but inevitably the MOON multiple got around to discussing Jon Favreau's big-budget mashup. And Rockwell is feeling good about it:

"Let me tell you, this is going to be a fun movie. I think we pulled it off; itís a mix of genres. I think because of the title people think itís a comedy, and itís not ó itís like UNFORGIVEN meets CLOSE ENCOUNTERS."

"I donít think itís really been done before, the only thing I liken it to is a movie like FROM DUSK TIL DAWN ó it seems all very Ďcops and robbersí and all of a sudden thereís vampires. Itís like that, in that you have a very formulaic western and then all of a sudden there are monsters. Itís played very real."

Rockwell also took to the skies with his COWBOYS co-star Harrison Ford:

"Heís amazing. He flew us in his helicopter. Han Solo flying us around. Heís a great pilot ó those air traffic control guys know exactly who theyíre talking to. Heís as cool as a cucumber."

Extra Tidbit: Rockwell's great in pretty much anything, but I don't think he gets enough love for CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND. Great little movie.
Source: Shortlist

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9:16AM on 01/11/2011

Didn't know he was in it...

The title always made me think of it as a Monsters vs. Aliens type animated movie. Then the trailer came and it looked like they're playing it straight (that got me pumped).

I'm willing to bet that back when it was being written it had a different title. That sounds like a marketing title. Maybe they were trying to play on "Cowboys & Indians."

Anyway, looks like a fun movie.
The title always made me think of it as a Monsters vs. Aliens type animated movie. Then the trailer came and it looked like they're playing it straight (that got me pumped).

I'm willing to bet that back when it was being written it had a different title. That sounds like a marketing title. Maybe they were trying to play on "Cowboys & Indians."

Anyway, looks like a fun movie.
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5:10AM on 01/11/2011
"Unforgiven meets Close Encounters"? If they pulled that off, I would be a very happy dude.
"Unforgiven meets Close Encounters"? If they pulled that off, I would be a very happy dude.
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11:02AM on 01/11/2011
I concur with that, sir!
I concur with that, sir!
2:26AM on 01/11/2011

Rockwell Rules the Roost

Ten years (or less) from now, when he wins a much deserved Academy Award, we film people can all say we knew him when.

The award will not be for "Avengers III"
Ten years (or less) from now, when he wins a much deserved Academy Award, we film people can all say we knew him when.

The award will not be for "Avengers III"
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1:00AM on 01/11/2011
One of the best in the business. Dreadfully underrated.
One of the best in the business. Dreadfully underrated.
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12:56AM on 01/11/2011
Rockwell is the man. He has been amazing in everything I have seen since The Green Mile.

Glad to see him in more movies. He really deserves all the success he is getting. Might be the most underrated actor out there.
Rockwell is the man. He has been amazing in everything I have seen since The Green Mile.

Glad to see him in more movies. He really deserves all the success he is getting. Might be the most underrated actor out there.
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