EXCLUSIVE: Sam Rockwell Explains What Inspired His ‘Iron Man 2′ Character

Way back in May, we gave actor Sam Rockwell one of his first looks at Justin Hammer, his “Iron Man 2″ character, when we gave him an issue of the comic book during an interview that occurred a few months after he was cast in the blockbuster sequel. When MTV Movies Editor Josh Horowitz recently sat down with Rockwell, he was able to offer us a bit more info about his character—specifically, his relationship with Don Cheadle’s character, James “Rhodey” Rhodes.

He also revealed what sort of research he did after that earlier meeting and where he drew his inspiration for Tony Stark’s rival.

“I got some research—they sent me over some stuff,” Rockwell told MTV News. “I looked it over and that was about it.”

“I kind of took my own ideas from other things,” he added. “A little bit of Lex Luthor stuff—[Kevin] Spacey and [Gene] Hackman.”

Laughing, Rockwell said he found inspiration in a few other performances—and they’ll probably surprise you.

“I think there’s a little bit of Bill Murray in ’Kingpin’ in it, and probably some Richard Gere ’American Gigolo,'” he smiled.

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