Michael Shannon is having a killer run lately playing mostly dark and brooding characters in, for instance, HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" and (on the big screen May 17) "The Iceman." You can also see him in a smaller and quirkier role in the Matthew McConaughey film "Mud" (out now), and come June he'll appear as Superman nemesis General Zod in the widely anticipated "Man of Steel." As he recently told the Sun-Times, he'll be back in Chicago this summer for a run of playwright Sam Shepard's "Simpatico" at Old Town's A Red Orchid Theatre, where Shannon is an ensemble member.
Lately, as we've documented here, Shannon is perhaps getting the most notice for a gutbusting online video, produced by and initially posted on funnyordie.com, in which he channels his inner psycho to read aloud a vicious letter penned by a Delta Gamma sorority sister. It was done in seven takes with the help of cue cards, he told Vanity Fair's Bruce Handy. Here's what else Shannon had to say on the subject.
"It was very subconscious. The director asked me before the first take, "Have you thought about how you're going to approach this? Do you want to talk about ideas?" I said, "No, that sounds awful. I don't want to do any of that. I just want to read it and see what happens."
You can read other highlights from their exchange here.
Man of Steel trailer (brief Shannon scene at 2:11)