Sam Rockwell Says He Practiced His Lasso Skills in East Village Park (Video)

News   Sam Rockwell Says He Practiced His Lasso Skills in East Village Park (Video)
 
Sam Rockwell appeared on NBC's "Late Night with Seth Meyers" to discuss his latest Broadway role: a tequila-swigging cowboy in Fool For Love. During the interview, he explained how he was able to practice his lasso skills in a downtown Manhattan park.

"The thing that I'm most impressed with: You actually have to use a lasso in the show," began host Meyers.

"Yes," confirmed Rockwell. "Occasionally we lasso Nina [Arianda], and we lasso chairs and stuff — it's a trip."

"What happens when you miss?" asked Meyers.

"[Playwright] Sam Shepard scared me a little bit because he said that Ed Harris, who originated the part, never missed, so that was a little intimidating."

"That's too much pressure," agreed Meyers. "I maintain that the character's drinking tequila, and it's fine," replied Rockwell. He went on to say that he would practice his lasso skills by roping trash cans in Tompkins Square Park in New York City's East Village.

"In Tompkins Square Park you get some odd people coming up," continued Rockwell. "You're calling attention to yourself, so you sort of deserve it." He gave Meyers a run-down of some of the more interesting characters who approached him during his practice sessions, including a skate-boarder and a junkie.

Watch the full interview below:

Starring Tony Award winner Arianda and Rockwell, Fool for Love, about two lovers holed up in a seedy motel room in the middle of the desert, officially opened Oct. 8 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Performances continue through Dec. 13.

Tickets are available by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200, online by visiting Telecharge.com. The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office is located at 261 West 47th Street. Ticket prices are $70–$150.

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