Whatever Happened To Rory Cochrane?



First time I saw Rory Cochrane was in the Richard Linklater flick Dazed and Confused.  A great indie era for movies about disillusioned suburbanite teens not giving a damn about the world around them was the 90's.  Linklater ruled the 90's in independent film.  Rory played Ron Slater a stoner who was a pretty cool Mo Fo is you know what I mean.  After all who knew Martha Washington was a pothead?  Just take a look at this clip below so you can see what I'm talking about:




After Dazed and Confused Rory went on to do a substantial amount of awesomely cool indie flicks.  Remember Love and a .45?  It's a forgotten indie film of the past, but Rory played Billy Mack Black, a drug addicted crazed murderer who turns on his old prison buddy after a score.  He's bald and full of tats and you just know this guy has more than a few screws loose, but you love to hate him...or do you hate to love him? 

I remember seeing Empire Records and thinking I want to hang out with these people in real life.  I mean who wouldn't have wanted to work in that record store?  The cast of characters were just that cool and Rory's character Lucas was certainly no exception. Poor Lucas discovers that the store is being bought out and he decides to take the cash receipts and go to Atlantic City.  He had something going with the mop top haircut and the goth attire, not his best, but I liked it. 

Rory went on to do several other films including Flawless and of course the wicked psychotic and yet cryptic Linklater animated flick A Scanner Darkly.  However, then Rory just...fell off.  The indie circuit that is.  Rory left film and branched over to the small screen and starred in TV shows like "CSI Miami" and "24".  Not sure why he left his big screen indie and went for mainstream small screen but I guess you do what you gotta do to pay the rent. 

I miss seeing Rory in indie film.  Please come back.  Perhaps Richard Linklater can cast him in his next film.  The two have built a long term rapport, there's gotta be something out there.  Please no more horribly bad films like Public Enemies either.  If anyone out there has a script out there that you think Rory would be good in email us and we'll let his agent know.  He needs all the help he can get.  Seriously....Rory we need you back.

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