Sam Rockwell talks murder mystery ‘See How They Run’

Sam Rockwell talks murder mystery ‘See How They Run’

SEE HOW THEY WERE, from left: Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, 2022. p: Parisa Taghizadeh /© Searchlight Pictures / Collection courtesy of Everett

Sam Rockwell, left, and Saoirse Ronan in See How They Run. (Photo: Parisa Taghizadeh /© Searchlight Pictures /Collection courtesy of Everett)

The murder mystery is now hot. Rian Johnson’s thrilling Oscar-nominated whodunit Knives Out the revival of the genre in 2019. Christopher Miller’s The Western Party, a comedic, episodic twist on the genre, was a big hit for Apple TV+ earlier this year. And Johnson only revealed a Knives Out sequence, Glass Onionlast weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival ahead of its Netflix debut in November.

Between Knives Out editions come See How They Rundirector Tom George’s fun and comic Agatha Christie homage follows a sleazy London detective (Sam Rockwell) who teams up with an inexperienced constable (Saoirse Ronan) to solve a murder case involving a Hollywood filmmaker (Adrien Brody) and the team The West End stage production was cast in the 1950s.

It’s another colorful entry in Rockwell’s eclectic oeuvre (his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri premiered five years ago this fall). The actor spoke to Yahoo Entertainment about the film, its narrative genre and where he keeps that Oscar.

Yahoo Entertainment: What would you say you had the opportunity to do as an actor in See How They Run have you never performed on screen before?

Sam Rockwell: Well, the first film definitely had a British accent. I did it in the theater. And I played a grumpy drunk once before, but never a detective, I don’t think. That was fun.

The film is extremely self-aware, it is very meta at points about its own genre. Adrian Brody’s character even says in voiceover, “It’s a whodunit. You’ve seen one. You’ve seen them all.” But of course you have to make a distinction. You have to try to reevaluate the genre. What felt fresh to you about this one?

We aspired to be in tune, because Death of Stalin or The Big Lebowskibut it is clear that he pays tribute to Murder on the Orient Express and Colombo or things like that.

If you saw Knives Out? It was obviously such a sensation, and it felt like it revitalized the genre in many ways. Was that on your mind at all?

Definitely. Yes. Definitely. This kind of thing seems to be in vogue right now and that’s thanks to Knives Out. I hope this has the same reaction.

What did you like about working so closely with Saoirse? She is so funny.

She is very funny in real life. Very self-deprecating. Very, very sweet. Just like a normal person. You know, she’s not bogged down by all the Hollywood nonsense. She is really just a nice girl from Cork [Ireland].

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Actor Sam Rockwell, winner of the Best Supporting Actor award for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,' poses in the press room at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)

Sam Rockwell with his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, in 2018. (Photo: Dan MacMedan/WireImage)

This film’s spoofs show business in many ways, both in the world of theater and film. Was that your lot? Do you understand when Hollywood lights itself on the screen?

Yeah it’s a bit similar Get Shorty in that way. Harris Dickinson really funny because [Richard] Attenborough. Just play him as a coward and a very vain type of guy. And David Oyelowo as the narcissistic playwright. It’s all very funny. Adrian, Reece [Shearsmith]. It’s really amazing.

Here’s another Searchlight Pictures movie for you. You’ve had some success with the studio, of course, with all the awards you’ve won Through Advertisements. Where do you keep your Oscar?

I have it on a shelf in my life.

So in a pretty traditional setting.

Quite traditional. Yes.

What did winning an Oscar mean to you? Is that the biggest highlight or career highlight that people think it is?

It’s definitely that kind of bucket list. SNL. Doing American buffalo on Broadway. These kind of things are like a bucket list, you know? But there’s no telling when you’re going to get that kind of notoriety. You do your job and you do the best you can. You know? Who knows if they are going to see the film?

See How They Run playing now.

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