Sam Rockwell counts supporting actor nominations already from the Golden Globes, Independent Spirit Awards, the Critics’ Choice Award and Screen Actors Guild for his turn as a complex racist cop Dixon in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Joining me for this week’s edition of my Deadline video series The Actor’s Side, I congratulate this great actor on finally being in a movie lots of people are seeing and one that is putting him on the precipice of his first Oscar nomination.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
20th Century Fox

Rockwell is one of those actors who consistently works, but in terms of recognition has never gotten the awards attention he really deserves. From movies like Conviction, The Way Way Back, Moon, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind and so many others he is consistently great, but as  Dixon in Three Billboards he has finally found a role that looks like one he was born to play.

In our conversation he talks about why he likes working on stage and screen projects with the film’s writer-director Martin McDonagh as well as several other top-flight helmers he has acted for in the past including George Clooney — with whom he says he grew close to over the course of two years he spent with him on Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind in which Rockwell played Chuck Barris, the game show host who claimed he was a CIA agent. He also talks about his penchant for making indie movies , why he became an actor in the first place, how Frances McDormand reminds him of John Wayne, and his upcoming role in Adam McKay’s just-wrapped Dick Cheney movie in which he plays George W. Bush.

Check out our conversation above.