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Seven Questions: Actor, Michael Rooker on Days of Thunder 20th Anniversary

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Michael Rooker as "Rowdy Burns" in Days of Thunder | Photo courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment
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LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email.Today's subject is Michael Rooker.

Days of Thunder, the auto racing drama that gave us Tom Cruise as hot shot stock car driver "Cole Trickle," Robert Duvall as mentor/crew chief "Harry Hogge" and Nicole Kidman as brain surgeon/love interest "Dr. Claire Lewicki" is turning 20 this year. Yes, it was way back in 1990 when we learned that "rubbin' is racin.'"

To commemorate the film's anniversary Paramount Digital Entertainment, Sony, Toyota, NASCAR and TOYOTA Speedway at Irwindale have partnered to bring fans a Days of Thunder celebration being held at this weekend's NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown in Irwindale.

Fans will get a chance to take in a free special screening of the movie on a 40-foot large screen situated on the track. Movie and game night kicks off at 4:45 p.m.

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Actor Michael Rooker who played the character "Rowdy" Burns in the movie has been named Grand Marshal of the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown event and will introduce the movie and give the "start engines command" before the start of 225-lap feature race.

Michael, who just finished working on a film called Boulden! about the "father of jazz," Buddy Bolden, took some time out to talk to LAist about the movie, competing with Cruise, motor sports and his love for Los Angeles.