Michael Rooker Talks Fatherhood, Vivo, One Liners & How Fatherhood Made Him A Better Actor

Michael Rooker sits down with me to talk about his fatherhood journey. He shares how finding out that he was going to be a dad made him focus his craft as an actor. Rooker shares the values he looked to instill into his daughters as they were growing up. We also talk about his new movie called Vivo. Michael shares how much fun he had playing the villainous Everglades python, Lutador. We finish the interview with the Fatherhood Quick Five. 

About Michael Rooker

Michael Rooker is an American actor best known for his turn as the blue-skinned alien Yondu Udonta in the top grossing Marvel films Guardians of the Galaxy, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Fans loved to hate on AMC’s worldwide hit television show The Walking Dead, Merle Dixon. He made his film debut in 1986 playing the title role in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, a film based on the confessions of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. Michael has since appeared in numerous films including Mississippi Burning, Sea of Love, Days of Thunder, JFK, Cliffhanger, Tombstone, Mallrats, Rosewood, The 6th Day, and Jumper. He starred in Warner Bros’ The Suicide Squad. Rooker also voiced Yondu Udonta in the animated series What If…? from Marvel.

Follow Michael on Instagram at @michael_rooker and on Twitter at @RookerOnline. Check out his website over at michaelrookeronline.com. Make sure you check out Vivo on Netflix starting August 6th.

About Vivo 

A one-of-kind kinkajou (voiced by Lin-Manuel Miranda), embarks on an unforgettable, musical adventure to deliver a love song to Marta (voiced by Gloria Estefan) on behalf of his owner Andrés (Buena Vista Social Club’s Juan De Marcos). Michael Rooker plays the villainous Everglades python, Lutador. Vivo is an exhilarating story about gathering your courage, finding family in unlikely friends, and the belief that music can open you to new worlds. 

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About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast 

The Art of Fatherhood Podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with fantastic dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. You get a unique perspective on fatherhood from guests like Joe Montana, Kevin Smith, Danny Trejo, Jerry Rice, Jeff Foxworthy, Patrick Warburton, Jeff Kinney, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Kyle Busch, Dennis Quaid, Dwight Freeney and many more. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.

2 thoughts on “Michael Rooker Talks Fatherhood, Vivo, One Liners & How Fatherhood Made Him A Better Actor”

  1. It’s cool to see Michael expand his career with animation/voice overs. I was a huge WD fan so following anything he does is easy. With all the distancing going on, it’s interesting to see how so many voices from all over come together for a project of this caliber.

    This series is cool because the “realization of fatherhood” tends to hit us in different ways. The weight and is always life changing. Also, his advice on “being yourself” is SO invaluable.

    Also, I had no clue about Vivo, despite having Netflix. Our family is always looking for something new so this works out great!

    Thanks Art.

    • Thanks Joe for the kind words and checking out the show. Big fan of Michael’s work. He was great on TWD. Vivo is a fun family movie. I agree that being yourself is such a fantastic piece of advice.


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