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‘Mr. Bibb’ stops by ‘Miss Nobody’

Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb turned out for the Boston Film Festival. Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb turned out for the Boston Film Festival. (Jay Connor for The Boston Globe)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
September 20, 2010

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Sam Rockwell of “Iron Man 2’’ had a movie in the Boston Film Festival this past weekend (the Massachusetts drama “Conviction’’), but he made it clear that he was actually in town to support his girlfriend, Leslie Bibb, whose dark comedy about a murderous secretary, “Miss Nobody,’’ screened on Saturday night as part of the BFF at the Stuart Street Playhouse. “I’m off duty tonight,’’ Rockwell said, joking that he was only in Boston to serve as “Mr. Bibb.’’ “Miss Nobody’’ director Tim Cox, the film’s producers J. Todd Harris and Allan Jones, and Bibb introduced the film and took questions before heading off to an after-party at Ginger Park. Rockwell did not make an appearance at the sold-out “Conviction’’ screening, but instead hung with his girlfriend and his uncle Arthur, who lives in the Boston area. Rockwell and Bibb are more familiar with Boston than you might think. Rockwell was here a number of times last year to visit Bibb when she was shooting the Kevin James comedy “The Zookeeper’’ at the Franklin Park Zoo. The couple spent much of their down time with Bibb’s “Zookeeper’’ costar Rosario Dawson and Rockwell’s good friend Jeremy Renner, who was filming Ben Affleck’s hit “The Town’’ at the time. Bibb said that when Renner was here for the premiere of “The Town’’ at Fenway Park last Tuesday, he sent her a text that said, “I wish you were here!’’ Bibb also said that Rockwell manages a pretty good Boston accent in “Conviction,’’ which is about a single mother who tries to get her wrongfully convicted brother out of prison. She joked that Rockwell had been showing off his Boston accent since he arrived in the Hub for her BFF screening. “All he was doing was his Boston accent, and he does a really good Boston accent. It’s so cute,’’ Bibb said, laughing. “I was like, why is that a turn-on to me?’’

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