Exclusive Portraits: Michael Rooker of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

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CHICAGO – “Guardians of the Galaxy” returned to the top of the box office this weekend, and Michael Rooker – as Yondu Undonta – was a vital part of the film. Rooker also was in Chicago recently, to promote the Illinois Department of Transportation video campaign, “The Driving Dead,” which refers to TV’s “The Walking Dead.”

Michael Rooker
Michael Rooker at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. August 21, 2014
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

“The Driving Dead” is a video series aimed at 21 to 34 year old male drivers, and features Michael Rooker, who had a prominent role in “The Walking Dead.” The campaign is designed for the Labor Day weekend, to crack down on drunk drivers as part of the State of Illinois “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Department of Transportation initiative. Rooker was at The Music Box Theatre in Chicago to help kick off the campaign, and there was also a preview of the video series.

Michael Rooker also appeared at the 2014 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con on August 21st-24th, greeting admirers and signing autographs at the event.

Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com took these Exclusive Portraits of Michael Rooker at The Music Box, one of the oldest and most historic movie theaters still in operation in the City of Chicago.

Michael Rooker
Michael Rooker for ‘The Driving Dead’
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

For more information, and to sample “The Driving Dead” public service videos, click here. For a 2011 HollywoodChicago.com interview with Michael Rooker, click here. For a list of the upcoming Wizard World Comic Cons, click here.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

Senior Staff Writer

© 2014 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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