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Sam Rockwell has revealed that his character in The Way, Way Back was inspired by Bill Murray's performance in Meatballs.

The Way, Way Back stars Liam James as a young boy who is helped to cope with his troubling home life by an outgoing waterpark manager (Rockwell).

Discussing the film with Vulture, Rockwell spoke about the influence of the 1979 summer camp comedy Meatballs on The Way, Way Back.

"It was pretty self-explanatory in the script," Rockwell recalled. "It was pretty obvious that this character was kind of an homage to [Murray's Meatballs] character, and some others: Walter Matthau from Bad News Bears, Richard Pryor in Bustin' Loose."

He continued: "Those characters influenced me quite a bit, and Michael Keaton in Mr Mum, and a little Night Shift. Those archetypes, the misanthrope, the grouchy adult that treats kids like adults.

"Bill Murray was the main go-to reference, and I think we talked about it a little bit, »


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