Choke, based on the Chuck Palahniuk novel, opens in theaters this weekend and it’s already getting some, ahem, mixed reviews but we, for one, kinda enjoyed it! This is due in part to our deep and abiding love for the film’s star Sam Rockwell. We think it started with 2000′s Charlie’s Angels (which we happened to revisit on TV the other night and enjoyed his dancing bad guy-ness all over again). We know we’re not alone, either: Mr. Rockwell was picked to star in George Clooney’s directorial debut, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and was truly excellent in Matchstick Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Snow Angels. In Choke he plays a deeply troubled sex-addicted con-man and yet he manages to infuse a sweetness into the role that makes it impossible not to root for him. We’ll be seeing him again in the hotly-anticipated Frost/Nixon during Oscar-baiting week in December. Till then, keep an eye out for him – he likes to ride the subway!
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