Drawn to isolation, Sam Rockwell visits the `Moon’

Fans of Sam Rockwell have often had to resort to limited glimpses of him in supporting, character-actor roles. In his new film, "Moon," that's far from a concern.

Rockwell is very nearly the only actor in "Moon." And there's more than one of him.

He plays astronaut Sam Bell, who's living alone on the far side of the moon, finishing his three-year contract harvesting lunar rock for energy on Earth. When Bell's health begins deteriorating, he starts seeing a younger version of himself around the base.

That the movie is a showcase for the 40-year-old is somewhat intentional: For his first film, Duncan Jones wrote the part specifically for the actor, designing an "acting challenge" meant to be too intriguing for Rockwell to turn down.



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