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Zimbio Interview: Sam Rockwell & Martin McDonagh Talk 'Seven Psychopaths'

Martin McDonagh and Sam Rockwell (Getty Images)Endowed with a sixth sense for dialogue and comic timing, writer/director Martin McDonagh gained many fans in 2008 with his violently funny hitman thriller In Bruges. His screenplay was nominated for an Oscar that year, and the Irish/English playwright's star was on the rise.

Zimbio staffers Adam Wenger (left) and Joe Robberson (right) pose with Martin McDonagh and Sam Rockwell.
Fast forward to 2012. McDonagh's In Bruges follow-up, Seven Psychopaths, is primed to hit theaters Friday. Set in L.A. the film follows seven different psychos as their tales converge around a dognapping plot gone awry. Of course, there's much more to a McDonagh story than that. His pedigree was enough to attract a superior cast of A-listers: Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits, Michael Pitt, and, to play his lead psycho, Sam Rockwell.

Rockwell is well-known at this point for his ability to portray eccentric personalities so a role as a psychopath is right in his wheelhouse. He's had a few lead performances, in Moon (his best work) and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, to name two, but the actor is probably better known for his supporting roles (Iron Man 2, The Green Mile). Either way, he's one of the most charismatic actors working today.

We sat down with McDonagh and Rockwell to talk Seven Psychopaths at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco. Rockwell cracked jokes about Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pauly Shore, told us how he and Farrell forged a friendship during the film, and McDonagh talked writing process and his admiration for Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, among many other things. Also, don't miss their mutual Christmas wish list (see 11:33 below).

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