Sam Rockwell is becoming one of my favorite character actors. He's been in a lot of supporting roles, but he has had the opportunity to be the lead. The two main ones are Moon (one of the best sci-fi movies in recent years) and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
At the height of his television career, Chuck Barris (Rockwell) is recruited by the CIA and trained to become a covert operative.
I really hope that through this and Moon Rockwell will get more lead roles, but recently he has been doing mostly supporting work. Another reason for why Confessions of a Dangerous Mind didn't rocket Rockwell to leading man status is because he got overshadowed by his bigger name co-stars George Clooney (this marks his directorial debut), Drew Barrymore and Julia Roberts. Keep your eyes peeled for blink-and-you'll-miss-them cameos from Brad Pitt and Matt Damon as contestants on The Dating Game. The screenplay by Charlie Kaufman (who also wrote Being John Malkovich and Adaptation) honestly makes you wonder if the actions in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind actually happened or they're a figment of Kaufman's imagination.
My Rating: ****1/2