February 07, 2018 02:38 PM

Sam Rockwell‘s dad has his back.

Rockwell, 49, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, where he confirmed that his father defended him in the comments section of a New York Times story on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. 

When Kimmel brought up the viral comment, Rockwell laughed and said, “I think that’s him, I think that’s my old man.”

Rockwell’s dad came to the actor’s defense after the NYT story called the film “contentious” and said the praise “doesn’t make any sense.”

“I loved this movie, and intend to see it again. My son, Sam, won a Golden Globe for playing Jason Dixon. I think I would still love the movie if another actor had played Dixon…. But not quite as much,” the commenter named “Pete Rockwell” wrote.

Before Rockwell confirmed that it was, in fact, his dad behind the comment, readers swiftly took to social media to express their amusement over the situation.

“Can’t stop laughing at this comment Sam Rockwell’s dad left on an NYT essay about Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” wrote one user.

When asked if Rockwell’s dad ran the comment by him before posting, the actor simply shook his head no.

“I think he just did it,” said Rockwell. “He’s a fighter.”

So word to the wise, don’t mess with Rockwell unless you want his dad on your case!

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