The actor was out of work when a stranger recognised him

Sam Rockwell is starring in Seven Psychopaths with Christopher Walken and has starred in The Green Mile.

But in less successful times, he was embarrassed to be recognised as an actor by a member of the public.

‘I was recognised when I was buying lingerie for my girlfriend in a sex shop in New York,’ he tells Metro.

‘I was recognised when I was waiting tables in a restaurant.

‘I’d done Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but didn’t have any acting work at the time.

‘That was embarrassing and a little bit strange.’