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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Sam Rockwell Q&A



Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. You come across in the film like a sort of inter-galactic glam-rock star. Was that half the fun in playing him? And how was the prosthetic head to contend with?
A.
The CGI second head stuff, and the prosthetic second head stuff was pretty wild. We had ten pounds of what looked like Matthew McConaughey on my head [laughs]. And then the CGI effect was dots on my neck and I had to walk around and do this [motions throwing his head back], so it was tough for these guys, I think, reacting to that.
That was an interesting dilemma for an actor, the two heads.

Q. Have you found any coincidences or parallels between your life and the actual comedy of Hitchhiker's?
A.
It's funny the bureaucracy Zooey was talking about in the world is something I've always been aware of.
The difference for me is it's the first time I've looked at political figures for a part. I looked at Bill Clinton and George W Bush a little bit. It's funny, Douglas Adams deals with religion and God and the meaning of life and stuff, and I just did a part where I played Judas Iscariot, so for the first time in my life I've been a little more political, a little more religious, and I've learned about the New Testament.
In this last election, I was much more politically aware this time. I was much more concerned with what was going. So I think if that has anything to do with Hitchhiker's then maybe that parallels my life.

Q. How did it feel to try and get the British sensibility contained within Adams' work? Was it difficult?
A.
I was raised on Monty Python and Sanford and Son. I loved what the Brits did with Sanford and Son. The accents were amazing! But I think what's great about British humour is that it's so unsophisticated, it's sophisticated! And vice-versa. I think that's what makes Monty Python special, and what makes Douglas Adams' material so special.
I've always loved the British sense of humour.

Q. So did you feel a sense of privilege to be a part of this?
A.
I did, I did. I read the book after I got the part. I was more of a Dr Who fan as a kid. But I'd heard about it. And I really thought it was a special thing to be a part of. And I love how we kind of modernised it, or something, you know. I mean, Martin [Freeman's] Arthur Dent is more of a pint/football guy than a cricket/cup of tea guy. That's what I like about this Arthur Dent, it's a modern Hitchhiker's.

Q. If you discovered the world was going to end in ten or 12 minutes time, how would you spend those minutes?
A.
I guess I'd get some really spicy chicken wings, and some frozen margherita, and sit back and watch an episode of Sanford and Son.

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