Ammon Gilbert at joblo.com has taken a stab at dissecting Michael Rooker, or at least his career as an actor.
Rooker pretty much started his acting career with greatness with HENRY: PORTAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER, which was only his second on-screen appearance behind an episode of TV’s Crime Story. Rooker’s portrayal of Henry was daunting, uninhibited, and surprisingly real, which made it more haunting and scary than anyone could have possibly imagined. Seriously, the guy made you believe he was this ruthless serial killer who just didn’t give a f*ck about nothing. Part of it is the film’s down and dirty gritty feel, but the other part is Rooker’s low-key intensity, a trademark he used again and again over the years.
But he didn’t stop with the awesome HENRY. He escalated and rocked some really fantastic and memorable roles in the years to come, including side-by-side with Sylvester Stallone in CLIFFHANGER, the action flick UNDISPUTED, and even Kevin Smith’s hilarious MALLRATS. He tackled a shit ton of TV over the years as well, making him one of those actors that most people recognize… even if they don’t necessarily know his name. My favorite role of Rookers goes Hal Tucker from CLIFFANGER. He’s such an asshole, but he’s an asshole who has his heart in the right place and ends up seeing the errors of his ways by the end. He rocks some seriously fantastic one-liners and his report with the sinister John Lithgow is nothing short of perfect…Follow @RookerOnline