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Sam Rockwell Speaks With "Conviction"

14 October 2010 1:07 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

The new film "Conviction" tells one of those stories so incredible no screenwriter on their best day could invent it. After her brother Kenny went to prison for a murder he didn't commit, Betty Anne Waters (Hilary Swank) devoted almost two decades of her life to freeing him. She earned her Ged, then a college degree, then a law degree, so she could represent him in court when no one else would. In other words, "Conviction" is one of those movies that's "based on true events," a phrase that made Sam Rockwell, who plays Kenny, chuckle when it came up during our conversation. Why? "When my girlfriend sees horror movies that say 'Based on true events,' she always goes 'Honey, it's based on true events, I can't see it!'"

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With 'Conviction'

6 October 2010 11:06 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Sam Rockwell grew up on the movies of the 1970s—films he adored such as "The Deer Hunter" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." So when he lists the various teachers he has learned from, he cites some of his favorite actors. "My teachers are all those people I grew up watching: De Niro, Walken, Streep, Robert Duvall, Ellen Burstyn," he says. "When young actors ask me about studying, I tell them, 'You've got to watch those movies. If you're not, you're not doing your job. Respect your elders, and more than that, learn from them.' "Rockwell has sometimes even found himself in the strange position of acting opposite his mentors, using tricks he picked up from them. In last year's drama "Everybody's Fine," he played the son of Robert De Niro's character and had a scene in which the father accuses the son of lying. "I kept saying, »

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