Sam Rockwell Tells of Sci-Fi Movie 'Moon'

February 7, 2008
Source: MTV

Sam Rockwell

A week ago we speculated that the fashionable new beard that actor Sam Rockwell was sporting at Sundance was for Gentlemen Broncos, Jared Hess' next film. Alas, we were wrong. MTV actually had the guts to ask Rockwell what he had the beard for, and got a response that even gets me excited. You see, Sam Rockwell is one of my favorite actors working these days that still somehow remains under-the-radar. He's great because he isn't an A-list actor but he gives A-list performances and that's what really counts. He explained that the beard was actually for a sci-fi movie titled Moon that he's working on next. Want to know more?

Moon is being directing by Duncan Jones, also known as Zowie Bowie, the son of David Bowie. Jones is a former ad exec turned filmmaker with only one film under his belt, a sci-fi short from 2000 called Whistle. If this project is anything like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which was director Garth Jennings' first feature film, a sci-fi nonetheless, then I may even be more excited, if that's possible.

Rockwell explains, "I'm doing a sci-fi movie where I'm stranded on the moon for three years. That's why I have the beard." That's apparently all that's known about the story, with the addition of some "what if" scenarios. "What if Neil Armstrong had to wait until Apollo 12 to come back home? And what if he had a freaking awesome beard?" I'll tell you what if - we'd have an awesome movie on our hands!

Anyone who has been reading here for a longtime knows that I'm a huge sci-fi nut, so anything sci-fi I'm usually all for. Especially when it involves Zaphod Beeblebrox from The Hitchhiker's Guide, another sci-fi role that Sam Rockwell nailed. And considering the concept and story, this could be both hilarious and awesome. I'm already giving Moon a thumbs up without even knowing who wrote the script or the status of the production, because with Rockwell cast, at least I know it's in good hands! And now the mystery of the beard has been solved.

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  • You know, they're doing wonderful things with fake beards these days. I mean, I admire the committment and all, but you could take advantage of the latest advancements in fake beard technology and not have to spend months and months growing a real one.
  • Joel
    Or you could skip the extra time in make-up and grow the beard. Then it wouldn't look fake, you wouldn't have to worry about continuity and you'd get situations where interviewers ask "What's with the beard?" Allowing you to respond, "It's for my hot new movie....let me tell you a little about it."
  • Richard
    The H Guide (not even worth typing the full name) was the stupidest thing I ever saw in my life. I almost felt ashamed that I sat through the whole thing, no I never read the book, maybe that makes a difference, but please do not even think that liking sci-fi and liking the H Guide have anything in common, please don't even go there. Thats like saying I like p***y and then wanting to bang sheep.
  • harrison
    dont bang sheep dude, thats how diseases spread sam rockwells the man, hitchhikers guide was alright, he was much better in galaxy quest though it was a supporting role the beards a nice touch, but then again he made it to the moon im sure nasa could send along a solar powered razor or somethin
  • avoidz
    Agreed. Galaxy Quest was a far far better movie for Rockwell than Hitchhiker's . I was hoping Moon would be about the lunar missions, but it sounds more like CastAway on a spacerock.
  • Spike-the-Poet
    Stuck on the moon for 3 years... Will he have a volleyball?
  • Sean
    Reminds me of a William Barton story called Harvest Moon. You can read it online @
  • I met Sam at my local cafe and then at my friend's bar with Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. He always seemed really down to earth and not arrogant at all. He has racked up some great supporting actor roles and I am looking forward to more lead roles for him in the future. He is one of the best..
  • syd
    Have you seen the preview for this movie?! RIDICULOUS. It looks amazing, seriously.




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