When Sam Rockwell co-starred in Galaxy Quest a number of years ago as Guy, an untested sleeze who eventually overcomes his personality flaws to help save the day, it turns out that he was channeling another similar character for the role: none other than Private Hudson, the chickenshit marine played with grating expertise by Bill Paxton in Aliens.
“I kind of serve as the Jimmy Stewart, Bill Paxton of the piece,” Rockwell told io9 of his Cowboys & Aliens role, Doc. “I’m sort of like sincere but I have those moments of levity.” Continuing on the topic of Paxton, Rockwell added: “I copied everything I did in Galaxy Quest from Bill Paxton in Aliens, I owe him some credit.”
Not exactly a lot of news here, but it’s the first time I’ve ever really considered the similarities between Rockwell and Paxton’s separate performances. For fans of both sci-fi franchises, I’d imagine that Rockwell’s admission put a smile on your faces like it did on mine.
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