In the satirical comedy drama “Jojo Rabbit” in 2019 from director and author Taika Waititi, Rockwell plays fanatical Captain Klenzendorf, the man in charge of the Nazi youth camp, where Jojo Betzler gets the name “Jojo Rabbit” for refusing to kill a rabbit to prove his mettle. But as the film progresses, Klenzendorf appears to be disillusioned with the war effort and help rescue the Jewish girl, Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie), who lives in Jojo’s loft and later sacrifices herself for the boy.
On a red carpet talk for the 77th Golden Globe Awards, where Rockwell was nominated to “Fosse / Verdon” and both “Jojo Kanin” and “Richard Jewell” was also at awards, he talked about the role. “It was like Bill Murray as a gay Nazi, that was pretty much what I did,” he told E! Online. He actually channels Murray to several of his roles, it seems, when he said something similar about how he played Justin Hammer in “Iron Man 2” and about his character Owen in “The Way Way Back.” Oh, and Zaphod Beeblebrox in “Hitchhiker’s Guide,” pr Movieweb.
By the way, Rockwell won the Golden Globe. He also has an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, which he received in 2018 for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”