Sam Rockwell Over The ‘Moon’ For New Project

Ground control to Major Sam: Take your protein pills and put your helmet on. Actually, forget that — it’s not gonna make much of a difference where you’re going, anyway.

Sporting a gnarly beard at Sundance, “Choke” star Sam Rockwell told MTV News it was all in preparation for his latest role, where the intrepid actor is going to take one small step for man…his last.

“I’m doing a sci-fi movie where I’m stranded on the moon for three years,” Rockwell revealed. “That’s why I have the beard.”

Three years? And this from the guy who once went to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. You’d think taking tea on the moon would be a breeze by way of comparison.

But Rockwell is full speed ahead for the project, called “Moon,” which will be directed by Duncan Jones, the actor said.

Jones, for those not in the know, is a former ad exec also known as Zowie Bowie, also known as the son of David Jones, who, in turn, is also known as David Bowie. Hence the “Major Tom” reference. Hence the love.

Rockwell himself was coy with details pertaining to, you know, how he actually got to the moon in the first place — although presumably it’s a sort of macabre “what if.” As in, what if Neil Armstrong had to wait until Apollo 12 to come back home? And what if he had a freaking awesome beard?

Rockwell’s one of my faves. What about you? Does the retro sci-fi vibe appeal to your geek sensibilities? Sound off below.