Michael Rooker is a man of many roles. Mention his name and one might remember him from playing everything from Yondo in Guardians Of The Galaxy to Merle surviving a zombie apocalypse in The Walking Dead. Add yet another apocalyptic movie onto his belt, as he plays Clyde in the new Love And Monsters. I had the chance to interview him on his role in Love And Monsters and give us all the dish!
Michael Rooker Interview Love And Monsters on YouTube
How did Michael Rooker become a part of the project (Love And Monsters)?
I loved the script and they loved me, so it was a match made in Hollywood heaven. So I went off to Australia, which was gorgeous and beautiful and ended up having a great time.
What drew you to the script and this character (Clyde)?
I was already growing my hair and beard for another project. I was set and was like, this is perfect, I just got off this other project. I didn’t have to worry about makeup, I didn’t have to worry about hair or wearing a wig. This guys been out, above ground for a long time. I had to look really rough and tumble, a cross between Indiana Jones and Michael Rooker but with a different type of hat. I was ready to go, I was physically looking like I was in some sort of monster apocalypse.
What advice can you give on surviving an apocalypse?
Be prepared. I am always prepared. I grew up with a bunch of Boy Scout friends of mine. They would go out and hike and learn how to survive – make a fire to cook with in the middle of a forest with no matches, all kinds of stuff. I didn’t realize when I was a kid, that is what I wanted to do, it was so much fun. I ended up going on an outward bound trip and I stayed in the wilderness for 34 days, it was the best time I ever had. I felt completely at home. So this character was at home with me. I was just be prepared, for anything.
What are your favorite characters you have played?
Days of Thunder, my character Rowdy Burns, what a joy and it was so much fun to play that role and drive those cars. What a challenging business these folks are in, driving those cars. Of course, Guardians Of The Galaxy both 1 and 2, wonderful. And I can’t leave this question without saying Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead. When you look back at it, I wasn’t there a lot. But the moment I was there, in scene 3 and leading up to that, that scene on the rooftop – people were talking about Merle Dixon and the brothers all through season 2. And he was only in season 2 once but it was a very poignant character, you either loved him or hated him. Those sort of roles attract me, roles that are very extreme.
A fun fact on working on Love And Monsters.
I don’t think my character was in one single studio, it was all out in the woods and in the Outback.
The end of Love And Monsters left off with a possible sequel, would you be interested in working on a sequel to this film?
I would love to do it!
Love And Monsters available on POV TODAY, October 16th.
Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, Joel Dawson, along with the rest of humanity, has been living underground ever since giant creatures took control of the land. After reconnecting over the radio with his high school girlfriend, Aimee, who is now 80 miles away at a coastal colony, Joel begins to fall for her again. As Joel realizes that there’s nothing left for him underground, he decides to venture out to Aimee, despite all the dangerous monsters that stand in his way.