Michael Shannon Unwinds with Alvin and the Chipmunks Before Broadway Shows + Round Up Interviews/Etc



-"Michael Shannon clears up retirement rumors, shares his ritual for focusing before his Broadway show Frankie and Johnny where he is naked literally and figuratively in the Clair de Lune and gets into a deep discussion about Alvin and the Chipmunks."



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-Michael Shannon and Aubra McDonald both star in the broadway play Claire and Johnny as a romantic couple in the drama.
























[On Amy Sedaris Show/Other Random Stuff]








An Oldie but a Classic!


On Kangaroo Jack:


Rapping in Russian b/c why not?




[Michael Shannons 10 (5) Favorite Books]
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
"This book kind of sums up the whole deal really. Particularly nowadays. Someone should read it aloud over and over again while blaring it through huge megaspeakers throughout the Washington, D.C., area. Reading this book to my daughters is about the happiest I get in life."

Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
"I was obsessed with this book when I was a teenager. His imagination is limitless. His humor is monumental. His compassion is staggering."

Straight Life by Art Pepper
"Jazz is what has kept me from completely losing my marbles. A friend recommended I check this out, and that’s how I knew he was my friend. A bull’s-eye. Art’s story told through his own words and the words of those who loved him, or at least were fascinated by his incredible gift and witnessed his every attempt to blow it to smithereens. Gives you the most palpable sense of the agony and the ecstasy, the unreasonableness and eventual reasonableness of his life."

Eleven Kinds of Loneliness by Richard Yates
"Of course, Revolutionary Road had quite an impact on me. But these stories are exquisite. Yates’s understanding of the human psyche in the day and age in which he lived, the confines and conflicts of expected norms, and the turmoil that they generated, is excruciating yet mesmerizing."

Zen Flesh Zen Bones by Paul Reps
"I took this one on a camping trip with a couple buddies of mine. We just sat around reading, hardly said a word to each other. I did not attain enlightenment, but I had some good laughs and realized what a dumbass I am."


[Ready to Retire??]


Says that if it's a great story, it doesn't what genre it is he's drawn to it when asked about working with Meredith the director of the film. Also starring in Knives Out with Rian Johnson next.

"So you’re not the type of actor who has a process to every character or how you deconstruct a screenplay or anything like that? When asked if he has a process to every character he plays/de-constructing the screenplay and etc:

"I don’t know. I mean, I don’t know. I don’t know who would. I don’t know what other people do. I don’t know much about it at all really. People just asking me to do it."

When asked about what's driving him in his choices and if there's something he's still chasing as an actor:

"No, I am ready to retire."

"I would retire except I just bought a new house for my family so I got to pay the bills. Like I said, people keep asking me to do this stuff. Sometimes I find it compelling what they’re presenting, and I do it. I have a very love-hate relationship with what I do. I don’t like being away from home. I don’t like being away from my children and nothing ever shoots where I live. I honestly at the end of the day prefer doing theater. It’s a mystery to me, but we’ll see what happens."

When asked if he'll go into directing, writing, and producing:

"Yeah, that’s mostly in name only. I wouldn’t be able to produce a movie by myself. If you put a gun to my head, I wouldn’t know where to start. Maybe. I might. I always said I wouldn’t, but I think I’m finally to the point where I’m just, maybe because of the frustration that I’ve felt that I just mentioned, maybe because of that, I’m interested in being the one calling the shots or at least one of the people calling the shots. I don’t know. Maybe. I would never say what it is or when or if it’s going to happen."

Says that theater is his true love and that once he's done with his performance, it's out of his hands and manipulated in post production. And on The Shape of Water and Guillermo del Toro made it better.

Really wants people to see the film b/c he thinks Meredith the director has a unique point of view, and wants it to succeed so she can make another one.



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Never Forget!: "my dude rode the bus with michael shannon last week? two weeks ago? he got on with his headphones band across his eyes to SHIELD HIS IDENTITY and that was actually what made him stand out. after they had been on awhile, i guess MS assumed the coast was clear and uncovered his eyes. when my dude got off the bus he gave MS a hard staredown because in his words, 'who else better to stare at like a weirdo then that weirdo'. and MS totally hard stared him back and when my dude got off the bus, he continued to stare at MS through the window who stared back as the bus drove away. haha."
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