Michael Rooker Shines in Dark Roles

Actor Michael Rooker stood in his hotel suite’s bathroom staring at a coffee cup with the concentration of a jeweler inspecting a diamond.

“You want to know how I act?” he asked in his trademark deep growl before holding the cup under a running faucet.

As he fluctuated the water’s force between gushing and a spitlike drip, Rooker’s facial expressions told a silent story, moving from a bright smile to a grimace to a cheeky smirk.

“There!” Rooker said, as a bit of water finally crested over the cup’s lip. “That was my line.”

Aquatic theatrics aside, his point was simple: His performances are spontaneous, often driven by his character’s motivations from minute to minute…

“I was meant to be this actor that I am. Even growing up as a little hillbilly kid in Chicago in my neighborhood, Division and Ashland, which was not the nicest neighborhood when I was growing up, I always knew inside my heart that I was meant for something else. I was not meant to be on the streets of Chicago. I was not meant to be in a gang. I was not meant to do drugs. I had that belief all through my life.”

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