Sunday 20 January 2019

Sam Rockwell: Three Billboards role one of the greatest I’ve ever had

The star said the part of Jason Dixon was ‘beautifully challenging’.

Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell

By Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Sam Rockwell has shared his thoughts on what might happen after the end of his Oscar-tipped film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The star, who bagged the best supporting actor prize at the Bafta film awards for his role as a racist police officer in the black comedy, said he does not think his character gets a full redemption story.

Speaking backstage, Rockwell said of his character, Jason Dixon: “He has a lot of work to do even at the end of the movie.

“Dixon and Mildred (played by Frances McDormand) probably need a lot of therapy.

“I don’t think they are quite done, it’s a beautifully challenging role.

“I think they probably went to a pub to get some liquid courage and ended up making out.”

Cast and crew of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

He added: “This is certainly one of the greatest parts I’ve ever had, it compares to some stuff I’ve done on stage maybe.

“I’ve done a lot of great parts, and Martin (McDonagh, the writer and director) created a Frankenstein’s monster of acting in this part.”

Rockwell, who sported a Time’s Up pin on his tuxedo, spoke about why it was important to him to back the campaign for gender equality.

He said: “I think it’s important to represent this movement and try to listen if people are trying to be heard.

“I think it’s respectful and I want to support that, I have a lot of amazing women in my life.”

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