Over the past several days, A Red Orchid thespian and "Boardwalk Empire" star Michael Shannon has become a viral sensation with millions of hits thanks to his inspired reading of an insane and profane sorority letter on the comedy site funnyordie.com.
Now playwright and TV scribe Craig Wright, creator/writer of MTV's "Underemployed" (which shot in Chicago last year) and ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money," has weighed in on his friend's performance. Most recently, Shannon starred on Broadway in Wright's play "Grace." He also earned plaudits for his work (at A Red Orchid and off-Broadway) in Wright's "Mistakes Were Made" and in 2008 appeared in Wright's "Lady."
"It ceremonially confirms once and for all Michael's status as the approachable face of evil for a generation," wrote Wright, who was profiled last August in the Sun-Times. "Christopher Walken had a similar moment when he appeared in the Fatboy Slim video. What makes this unique, beyond the fact of Michael's brilliance, is what it says about how much more important the Internet is than the Academy Awards at this point in history. Either way, I'm happy for him. And sad for all the girls of Delta Gamma."
Warning: strong language