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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 08/08/2009

Quick Hit: 'Iron Man 2's' Sam Rockwell Discusses His Call to Arms

This time around, Jon Favreau had just a wee bit bigger role to offer Sam Rockwell.

Eight years ago, Rockwell played an uncredited hotel clerk in the Favreau-directed "Made." This time out, though, Favreau called on the actor to play prominent arms dealer Justin Hammer in "Iron Man 2."

Today, Comic Riffs concludes our Week of Starkapalooza -- wall-to-wall "Iron Man 2" -- with a few words from Rockwell, whom we caught up with at San Diego Comic-Con during media roundtable sessions for the film. Rockwell -- who's won acclaim for his work in such films as "Choke," "Moon," "Lawn Dogs" and "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" -- touched on both his childhood fandom of comics, and the new movie's deviation from them.


Sam Rockwell (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)


ON HIS WILDLY VARIED CHOICE OF ROLES:
"I just like to break it up a little. l like actors like Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman, who go back and forth and have an eclectic choice of parts."

ON HIS COMICS FANDOM AS A YOUTH:
"I had a suitcase of comic books as a kid. I read Spider-Man, and the Hulk was probably my favorite character. I watched the Bill Bixby show."

ON CHANGING JUSTIN HAMMER'S APPEARANCE -- FROM A ELDERLY BRIT OF THE COMICS TO A YOUNGER AMERICAN IN "IRON MAN 2":
"We were talking about a smoking jacket and an ascot and were messing around with the idea of slicking his hair back, but we decided to invent our own thing. It's really open to interpretation.

ON HOW HE WOULD CHARACTERIZE HAMMER'S RELATIONSHIP WITH TONY STARK:"You get the impression that they're rivals. A Bill Gates/ Steve Jobs kind of thing.:

ON WORKING WITH MICKEY ROURKE, WHO PLAYS A MORE SUBDUED WHIPLASH:
"I do a lot of the talking [in] those scenes. Mickey is just reacting to my whirling dervish."



Elsewhere...

GEEK BUZZ -- SUPERHEROES: Seth Rogen and Michel Gondry have their Kato.

Asian popster Jay Chou will reportedly play the famed sidekick -- a role once inhabited by the inimitable Bruce Lee in 1974 -- in the new big-screen version of "The Green Hornet," the Hollywood Reporter says. Chou, who reportedly got the gig after Stephen Chow decided not to be involved, said inheriting the Lee role was "overwhelming."

Rogen and Evan Goldberg co-wrote the film, which is based on George Trendle's radio series and is scheduled to come out in 2010.


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