Best known as Merle from AMC’s hit series ‘The Walking Dead’ Michael Rooker talked brainstorming on the set and his new upcoming film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ while at Denver Comic Con. Rooker is not only a talented actor, he also loved comic books as a kid and has mad skills like throwing knives and hatchets.
Rooker was one of many spectacular celebs who came together for the third annual Denver Comic Con last weekend, June 13-15, 2014. The event raised funds for to raise funds for the non-profit organization Comic Book Classroom.
Q. What can you share about your new film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy?’
A. It was a lot of fun. There are not a lot of details that I can say at this point. For me, work is not work. I go on set, and it's like hanging out with your buddies and doing these beautiful scenes. We’re trying to make these things look really cool, and real. We would be brainstorming about a scene and try to come up with creative ideas to make something work; something you haven't seen before. The actors were involved in the brainstorming. One, or two, or three brains are better one. Except when I'm involved. My brain's a bit twisted, so my ideas come out kind of odd and interesting.
Q. Was life on the set of ‘The Walking Dead’ always down to business or were there some good blooper moments?
A. There were those days when it was down to business; let's get this done and go home. Then there were the times when the silly string comes out. Accidents happened on set. Bloopers came out of these accidents; by pure goofiness. There were times when you're just not on that day and couldn’t say the words. It was really a lot of fun.
Q. Were you a fan of comic books as a kid?
A. I did. I like to tell people that I looked at the pictures. I really did. I think my brain just works that way. I work in a visual way; the panels are put together so you can you can view the story visually. Now that I think about how I read regular script, I can tell you that if regular scripts had panels in them, I would get through the scripts much faster. I'm just a visual guy; that's what clicks for me. The words can also give you a visual though to help. I haven't read many scripts that have panels in them...except for 'Mallrats.' 'Mallrats' had panels that told the story through the pictures.
Q. Do you have a favorite superhero?
A. I've always liked the ‘Hulk.’ I grew up watching ‘The Hulk’ on TV. I like ‘Wolverine,’ ‘Silver Surfer, ‘and ‘Batman’ has been a big favorite for a long time. Am I naming all the Marvel characters?
Q. Do you have any hidden talents that you fans would be surprised to know about?
A. I have a strange ability to catch things and hit things...except for baseball. I was at Stan Lee's baseball game last Saturday in San Francisco. He was so fast; I'm tellin' you. Stan Lee, at 91, is so fast. I couldn't believe how fast he threw the ball. It rolled past me, past two other people behind me, and bounced off the wall. He has super Stan Lee power. I can throw things up in the air and catch them in my mouth...like popcorn, and grapes. And I throw stuff. I can throw knives, hatchets, axes, and stuff like that. I shoot. I'm a pretty good shot. You can see some of my antics on You Tube.