The wonder of the obligatory Sam Rockwell dance scene


11th January 2011

Courtroom thriller Conviction is out on Friday, starring Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell - a man trying his darnedest to live up to his name.

Sam Rockwell is one of my favourite actors who isn't Nicolas Cage: he's capable of producing steeliness, creepiness and intensity, but humour and humility too. Also, he busts a mean move, and he's not afraid to show it, as you can see by the examples of rug-cutting we've dug out below.

There's probably no Sam Rockwell dance scene in Conviction - unless he does a little victory jive when he's freed from prison - so you'll have to make do with these displays of bodypopology in the meanwhile.

Iron Man 2 (2010)

As industrial giant Justin Hammer, Rockwell is a jumped-up little shite who's completely full of himself: just the kind of besuited twerp who'd twiddle his legs like a loon upon walking on stage. Brilliant.

Moon (2009)

Duncan Jones' stunning one-man lunar epic Moon is hardly calling out for a dance-off, but Rockwell found a way. He always finds a way.

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (2005, deleted scene)

Fair enough, this wasn't in the actual movie, but this music video of Rockwell's Zaphod was found on the Hitchhiker's DVD. Clearly he's the baddest mutha in the galaxy.

Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind (2002)

TV presenter and possible super-spy Chuck Barris had the energy of an electric bee: who better to play the hyperactive nut than Rockwell, a man whose pants have lodged countless ants for decades.

Charlie's Angels (2000)

When Pharoahe Monche tells you to "get the [expletive deleted] up", you get the [expletive deleted] up. Rockwell is just doing what he's told.

Lawn Dogs (1997)

Don't ask why it's in Italian, just go with it.

Bonus: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Perhaps aware he's been labelled this generation's Christopher Walken aka a weird little man who dances a lot, Rockwell has started bringing his moves to public engagements. Fear them.

Bonus: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (again)

This one's a bit rubbish, though.

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