Who is Michael Shannon?
- Michael Shannon is an American actor who measures 1’92, and began his film career in the 90s credited as Mike Shannon.
- His father is university professor Donald S. Shannon and attorney Geraldine Hine.
- His grandfather is the entomologist Raymond Corbett Shannon.
- After acting in the theater, representing works in companies such as Steppenwolf Theater or A Red Orchid Theater.
- His first work on the big screen came in “Trapped in Time” (1993), a Harold Ramis film starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell.
Michael Shannon Works
Later he is seen in
- “Cecil B. Demented” (2000) by John Waters
- The blockbuster “Pearl Harbor” (2001)
- Alongside Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz in “Vanilla Sky” (2001)
- Sharing the starring role with Ashley Judd in “Bug” (2006)
- Also, Being directed by Sidney Lumet in “Before the Devil Knows you’re Dead” (2007)
- Zod in “The Man of Steel” (2013)
- His role was as the unbalanced son of Kathy Bates in “Revolutionary Road” (2008).
- A marriage drama co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, he nominates for an Oscar for best-supporting actor.
- In the psychological drama and thriller “Take Shelter” (2011), he was the husband of Jessica Chastain.
- In the action intrigue “Sin Frenos” (2012), he played a corrupt policeman who tries to get a package transported by a bicycle messenger (Joseph Gordon Levitt).
- She shared credits with Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in the lesbian drama “Freeheld” (2015).
- A year later, he played Elvis Presley in “Elvis & Nixon” (2016), a film with Kevin Spacey in the role of Richard Nixon.
- He became a policeman in “Nocturnal Animals” (2016) a thriller starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal.
- In 2017 he released “La Forma Del Agua” (2017), Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy co-starring Sally Hawkins.
- He became George Westinghouse in “La Guerra De Las Corrientes” (2017), with Benedict Cumberbatch in the role.
Michael Shannon explains how the name became a slang term on the Shape of Water shoot
- Shannon is an intense, emotional actor, making his villain roles in films like Guillermo del Toro’s new horror/romance/fantasy The Shape of Water standout.
- Strickland is a government agent working behind to counter Russian space supremacy in the 1950s.
- It is opposed to the kinds of creature-feature freaks of nature that become the stars of del Toro movies like Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth.
- Shannon plays Strickland as a deteriorating man who’s laser-focused on enforcing a white, two-kids-and-a-dog, suburban vision of America and does not understand why it is not making him happy.
- Strickland is in keeping with Shannon’s other memorable villain roles — Prohibition agent Nelson Van Alden in Boardwalk Empire, legendary mob hitman Richard Kuklinski in 2013’s.
- The Ice-man, or Kryptonian antagonist General Zod in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.
- The character has more depth and nuance, but that doesn’t make his intentions horrifying or execution any less unsettling.
- I recently sat down with Shannon in Chicago to talk about Toro’s political symbolism in The Shape of Water.
- Also, what’s going on in Strickland’s head, and what “Shannon” means to the film’s cast.
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