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The awesome movie dances of Three Billboards star Sam Rockwell


There are many reasons to recommend new movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

For one, it's a ferociously topical and darkly funny story of blinding rage, spearheaded by a career-best Frances McDormand as the small-town mother taking on the local police force in the wake of her daughter's death. It's filled with the characteristically profane dialogue we've come to expect from writer-director Martin McDonagh. And it's populated by an excellent supporting cast including Woody Harrelson, Peter Dinklage and John Hawkes.

On the latter point, the film's standout performance comes (arguably) from Sam Rockwell. A perennially underrated star who is finally getting the spotlight he deserves (he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor), he stuns as bigoted deputy Dixon who undergoes the movie's most emotional and intriguing character transformation.

We all know that Rockwell has been great for years, going back to the likes of Galaxy Quest, The Green Mile and Moon. And if you're a fan, you'll also know the man likes to dance. Like seriously, properly dance, both on and off screen, including his debut stint hosting Saturday Night Live.

So we thought we'd round up a few of those classic moments when Rockwell busted some moves in our favourite movies...

1. Charlie's Angels

No, the film may not be much cop, but it's got Rockwell flexing those hips to the tune of Simon Says by Pharoahe Monch. What's not to like?

2. Iron Man 2

There really isn't much reason for Rockwell's villainous tech designer Justin Hammer to dance in this Marvel sequel. But who cares? He can bop onto the stage to the tune of 'Pick Up the Pieces' by Average White Band any day of the week. Here's a video of it on loop. Just, because.

3. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Breakout Rockwell, in the feature film debut of a certain George Clooney. It's a trippy spy caper crisscrossing truth and fiction, and here's Rockwell's screen test. Were you expecting him to a deliver a monologue?

4. The Way, Way Back

This sensitive drama casts Rockwell as the fast-talking yet wise owner of a water park, but really it's the 'Pop 'n Lock' moves that grab the attention.

5. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The universe knows no bounds as far as Sam's dancing is concerned. He plays classic Douglas Adams creation Zaphod Beeblebrox, enjoying a brief dance-off/greeting with Ford Prefect (Mos Def).

6. Moon

Even when he's delivering a career-topping performance as a bloke isolated on the moon, Rockwell finds the time to inject a bit of dancing for levity's sake. This time, however, we get two Sams for the price of one. (We could explain, but you really just ought to watch the movie – it's brilliant.)

Rest assured, Three Billboards allows Sam to squeeze in a little bit of boogeying – if you haven't seen it yet, here's a taster.

Click here to book your tickets for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Let us know @Cineworld what you think of both the movie and Rockwell's chances at the Oscars.