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Michael Shannon is Incapable of Playing Anything but Mental Illness


Revolutionary Road.

Take Shelter.

Boardwalk Empire.

We get it.

by Anonymousreply 4709/22/2013

Do you want him to go on Glee?

by Anonymousreply 102/29/2012

It's not like he can play a love interest or leading man, poor thing.

by Anonymousreply 202/29/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 302/29/2012

Try "Shotgun Stories".

by Anonymousreply 402/29/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 502/29/2012

He plays a troubled (mentally ill?) teen in this music video.

(PS: Heavy metal people are so cartoony with their swinging hair)

by Anonymousreply 602/29/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 702/29/2012

Actors who limit themselves piss me off.

Any more script ideas, bitches?

by Anonymousreply 802/29/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 903/01/2012

[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.

by Anonymousreply 1003/01/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 1103/01/2012

[quote]It's because he seems genuinely ill.

Like most of the posters on DL. Maybe he posts here.

by Anonymousreply 1203/01/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 1303/01/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 1403/01/2012



by Anonymousreply 1503/01/2012

He played a "sane" character in Before The Devil Knows You're Dead.

by Anonymousreply 1603/01/2012

[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.

by Anonymousreply 1703/01/2012

He has dwarfhead

by Anonymousreply 1803/01/2012

Can he play in gay porn?

by Anonymousreply 1903/01/2012

He's actually a really nice, down to earth guy. I can't wait to mention that music video to him.

by Anonymousreply 2003/01/2012

R20, please also mention that at least one of the gays thinks he's hot to death.

by Anonymousreply 2103/01/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 2203/01/2012

He's a nice ordinary guy in the new movie Return with Linda Cardellini.

by Anonymousreply 2303/01/2012

you're all just dancing around the fact that he's unattractive. there, it's been said. move on.

by Anonymousreply 2403/01/2012

So between Michael Shannon,Michael Pitt and Paz Delahuerta the Boardwalk Empire set was a trifecta of crazy.

by Anonymousreply 2503/01/2012

Yes R25 but what it didn't have apparently was R7 / R15 in any discernible paid employment. Probably for the better.

by Anonymousreply 2603/01/2012

Sounds like a plan.

by Anonymousreply 2703/01/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 2803/01/2012

more gossip about michael shannon please!

by Anonymousreply 2901/01/2013

Can someone please start a thread titled "Michael Sheen is incapable of Playing Anything but Crypto-gays and Tony Blair"? Thank you.

by Anonymousreply 3001/01/2013

He was great on The Twilight Zone.

by Anonymousreply 3101/01/2013

R31, it's a cookbook!

by Anonymousreply 3201/01/2013

Joss Whedon says that most actors that play cra-cra ARE cra-cra in real life.

by Anonymousreply 3301/01/2013

I could never bring myself to watch "Bug." No way.

by Anonymousreply 3401/01/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3501/01/2013

"I liked him a lotion OurTown."

Did he rub the lotion on its skin, or did he get the hose again?

by Anonymousreply 3601/01/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3701/01/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3801/01/2013

R30 Brian Clough and David Frost weren't crypto-gays.

by Anonymousreply 3909/21/2013

He's pretty hot in Cecil B. Demanted. He has a sexy tongue kissing scene with Jack Noseworthy.

by Anonymousreply 4009/21/2013

He was awesome reading the Insane Sorority Girl's Letter.

by Anonymousreply 4109/21/2013

Love it R41.

by Anonymousreply 4209/22/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4309/22/2013

he did a great job in "The Iceman."

Oh. Wait.

by Anonymousreply 4409/22/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4509/22/2013

Watch "Mud"

by Anonymousreply 4609/22/2013

He played a sane if goofy shirt-chaser in Mud and was very funny in the role.

by Anonymousreply 4709/22/2013
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