Michael Shannon is Incapable of Playing Anything but Mental Illness
We get it.
Do you want him to go on Glee?
It's not like he can play a love interest or leading man, poor thing.
You're issue seems to be with what he's cast in, not with his supposed inability to play something he hasn't been cast in.
Try "Shotgun Stories".
I saw him do OUR TOWN Off-Broadway playing the narrator who is supposed to be the genial everyman. His performance was so bizarre, so off the mark and so disturbing, I actually thought he was going to lead us into the basement of the texas chainsaw massacre family house. And before his sycophants jump all over me about how Our Town is actually a dark play, this was no interesting "choice". It was mental illness on display. The man has severe issues that go far beyond wanting, as an actor, to play other people.
He plays a troubled (mentally ill?) teen in this music video.
(PS: Heavy metal people are so cartoony with their swinging hair)
That's exactly what I see as well r5. He is not acting. He's the same in every film. He seems seriously disturbed and it's not because he's great at what he does. He's the same in interviews. His performances are very uncomfortable to watch and not because they're supposed to be. It's because he seems genuinely ill. I'm in the business and have heard some things about him that are disturbing. I hope that his illness is not being exploited.
Actors who limit themselves piss me off.
Any more script ideas, bitches?
He's in the movie James Franco made on the life of Hart Crane -- he plays one of Crane's boyfriends. He played 'sane' in that.
[quote]And before his sycophants jump all over me about how Our Town is actually a dark play,
Is it? Not really into theater so I've never seen it.
R7, you're fuckin' little bitch. How dare you talk about a fellow actor like that as if, firstly you know him, and secondly, as if you know all there is to know about acting and what compels a person to do it.
I fuckin' hate people like you, you think rather than do their work everyone has to make you feel okay about what they're doing. Michael Shannon is probably on set doing a job and making you and everyone else feel comfortable with that is well outside of his responsibilities as an actor. He gets hired because people like what he does, what he contributes to a project. He doesn't have to walk on set or into a rehearsal room and make sure that you're okay and you like him before he gets down to doing his work. Drawing clear distinctions so idiots like you can feel okay is not his job.
Show some fuckin' respect.
[quote]It's because he seems genuinely ill.
Like most of the posters on DL. Maybe he posts here.
Just because you've seen an actor play insane because he's been cast as insane men or directed to play characters (as in Our Town) insane, doesn't mean he's incapable of playing a character sane.
maybe someone should start a thread about casting, the business and how things really work to disabuse all of these DL "experts" of their illusions.
Michael Shannon cannot just waltz into casting and say " I'd Like to play the nice guy" he and his agent would have to lobby and pull favors and do a dance to get him considered for a type of role he isn't known for. And in all liklihood, he wouldn't get hired for it even if they agree to see him for say, a romantic part.
Michael Shannon could be capable of playing many different types of parts but you wouldn't know it because the film/tv business tends to hire people to do what they have proven to do well in the past.
He played a "sane" character in Before The Devil Knows You're Dead.
[quote]It's not like he can play a love interest or leading man, poor thing.
I think he's insanely hot. Intensity and intelligence will do it for me every time.
He has dwarfhead
Can he play in gay porn?
He's actually a really nice, down to earth guy. I can't wait to mention that music video to him.
R20, please also mention that at least one of the gays thinks he's hot to death.
I saw him in a play not long ago where he was an increasingly desperate show business agent having a nightmarish day, and he was hilarious.
OP is an idiot. Shannon tends to get cast in oddball roles partly due to his looks and partly due to his breakout role in REVOLTIONARY ROAD. But to say he can't play anything else is a display of pure ignorace.
BTW, I saw him in OUR TOWN as well, and R5 is grossly exaggerating. He wasn't the kind of foksy Stage Manager that you generally see (which was nice for a change), but he was hardly going into PSYCHO territory.
He's a nice ordinary guy in the new movie Return with Linda Cardellini.
you're all just dancing around the fact that he's unattractive. there, it's been said. move on.
So between Michael Shannon,Michael Pitt and Paz Delahuerta the Boardwalk Empire set was a trifecta of crazy.
Yes R25 but what it didn't have apparently was R7 / R15 in any discernible paid employment. Probably for the better.
Sounds like a plan.
I first saw him in an episode of Law & Order: SVU. He was very effective in his part. He seems to have a skin condition of some sort - what is it.
more gossip about michael shannon please!
Can someone please start a thread titled "Michael Sheen is incapable of Playing Anything but Crypto-gays and Tony Blair"? Thank you.
Joss Whedon says that most actors that play cra-cra ARE cra-cra in real life.
I could never bring myself to watch "Bug." No way.
He was quite good on Broadway in Grace, playing opposite his wife, Kate Arrington--Paul Rudd was the crazy one in that. I liked him a lotion OurTown.
"I liked him a lotion OurTown."
Did he rub the lotion on its skin, or did he get the hose again?
OP, you're so fucking full of shit. Try seeing Shannon on stage sometime NOT playing insane. Like in "Uncle Vanya", or "Lady" or "Grace".
You're shitting through your hat, asshole.
He was the only reason to watch that lame-ass Runaways movie. Absolutely hilarious performance.
I heard he was crazy over-the-top in that JGL movie, Premium Rush.
The thing about each of the roles OP lists is that Shannon is fantastic in all of them, and they are all actually varied performances. He was amazing in 'Take Shelter', haunting and sad.
Van Alden isn't 'mentally ill', just devoutly religious--and him tossing that force in his life aside has unraveled him a bit. I hope they do more with his character next season. There was way too little of him in season three.
R30 Brian Clough and David Frost weren't crypto-gays.
He's pretty hot in Cecil B. Demanted. He has a sexy tongue kissing scene with Jack Noseworthy.
He was awesome reading the Insane Sorority Girl's Letter.
Perhaps you are confusing typecasting with inaptitude.
Meanwhile, were he to score a very different kind of role, you'd likely be the first one to say he's miscast without giving him a chance to see what he can do with it.
he did a great job in "The Iceman."
Well, he mopped the fucking floor with Henry Cavill. He was "pissed" in that one, not "ill".
The ONLY actor who staggered away from the ugly clusterfuck that was a new Superman movie for 2013.
He played a sane if goofy shirt-chaser in Mud and was very funny in the role.