Sam Rockwell Reveals More About His Cowboys and Aliens Character
01.23.11 by Ryan
When Sam Rockwell was initially cast in director Jon Favreau's adaptation of Cowboys and Aliens, there wasn't much known about Rockwell's character other than he was one of the former in the title; a bar owner named Doc. Last August, Rockwell revealed that the character of Doc was "more of a Jimmy Stewart kind of guy than I've probably played before."
In a recent interview with Empire, Rockwell explained that his character, which was said to have been "expanded" after Rockwell was cast, will have a much larger role than originally thought.
I play the town's barkeep and ex-doctor. My wife gets taken by the aliens, and so I go on a journey with the rest of the cowboys to find her, and get involved in the big final battle. I ride a horse too, a pretty smooth one called Fred.
Rockwell revealed that some of his on-set improvisations created even further expansion of his role.
There's a scene where I'm in the gang camp and [Daniel Craig's] Jake pulls his gun on everybody. As we were shooting that, I had the impulse to grab the weapon from the guy next to me: "F**k it, I'm grabbing this gun, man! I need a gun!" And now we've added in scenes before and after to make it into a whole thread for my character.
Cowboys and Aliens opens July 29. Favreau directed from a script by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Damon Lindelof. Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Noah Ringer, Paul Dano, Keith Carradine and Abigail Spencer also star.