The Official Website for Actor Michael Rooker
The Official Website for Actor Michael Rooker

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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