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Sam Rockwell Reflects on Acting Advice from George Clooney in ‘Smartless’ Podcast Interview

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Sam Rockwell Reflects On Acting Advice From George Clooney In 'smartless' Podcast Interview

Sam Rockwell, known for his diverse and engaging roles in films like ‘Argyle,’ ‘Galaxy Quest,’ ‘Matchstick Men,’ and ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,’ shared insights from his career on the ‘Smartless’ podcast.

Rockwell discussed the advice he received from George Clooney during the filming of ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind‘ in 2002, where Clooney directed and Rockwell starred as Chuck Barris.

While reminiscing about his approach to leading roles, Rockwell revealed that Clooney advised him to simplify his performances and avoid overusing props to maintain a relatable on-screen presence.

With cohost Jason Bateman highlighting the difference in dynamics between lead and supporting roles, Rockwell emphasized the importance of blending into the overall canvas of a movie as the primary character.

Reflecting on the nuances of acting within a larger narrative, Rockwell likened the experience to being a specific color on a canvas, acknowledging the collaborative effort in creating a vibrant cinematic picture.

During the podcast discussion, Rockwell and the hosts delved into the intricacies of character development and the strategic positioning actors take within a script to complement the overall storytelling.

‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,’ written by Charlie Kaufman and also featuring Julia Roberts and Drew Barrymore, marked Clooney’s directorial debut and provided Rockwell with valuable insights for leading roles.

Clooney, who continues to pursue directing projects like the recent ‘The Boys in the Boat,’ has been a mentor figure for Rockwell, offering guidance that has shaped his approach to acting over the years.

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