Just when you thought you had the lowdown on actor Michael Shannon’s latest endeavours, a surprise twist emerges: He’s not quite chuffed with his latest role in the hotly anticipated film, The Flash. Yes, you heard it right!
Shannon, known for his uncanny ability to disappear into the characters he plays, has left us all a bit gobsmacked with his recent reveal. Now, don’t get your knickers in a twist! It’s not that he’s ungrateful or dissatisfied with his performance. Rather, the exact opposite is true.
Shannon’s taken this role as an opportunity to push his boundaries further and seek out new challenges.
Taking on The Flash
In a recent chinwag with Collider, Shannon opened up about his experiences on the set of The Flash. The film has been a long time in the making, with fans chomping at the bit for its release. When asked what he was most looking forward to about the film’s debut, Shannon offered a response that was quintessentially, well, Shannon: “Honestly, to me, it’s all about Ezra [Miller]”.
All Eyes on Ezra Miller
Shannon’s focus on Ezra Miller, who stars as the titular superhero, is a testament to his unwavering commitment to the craft. “I just think Ezra is a fascinating performer and actor. I can’t wait to see this performance. It’s a huge challenge… I know a lot of times, with movies like this, people are excited about the big set pieces or the effects, but for me, it’s always about performance”. Shannon’s prioritisation of performance over spectacle is a refreshing and humble take in an industry often dominated by special effects and blockbuster budgets.
Returning to Zod
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Shannon’s return to the character of Zod in The Flash marks an exciting chapter in his career. Having first portrayed the iconic Superman nemesis in Man of Steel, Shannon didn’t seem to have any trouble slipping back into the character’s villainous shoes. “I’ve actually done that a lot in theatre so I’m used to it. I like doing it. I don’t mind it at all”.
The Power of the Brain
In speaking about his return to Zod, Shannon hilariously noted the human brain’s impressive capacity for storage. “It’s not as difficult as you think it’s gonna be. It’s not like you’re like, ‘I can’t remember anything.’ It’s all up there somewhere”. It’s this approachable, down-to-earth take on his craft that makes Shannon such a fan favourite.
Not Just About The Flash
As riveting as his insights into The Flash were, Shannon was also keen to discuss his other roles. He spoke of his part in George & Tammy, a Showtime limited series where he portrays country music legend George Jones. He revealed his preparation process, the joy of singing iconic country songs, and the excitement of harmonising with co-star Jessica Chastain.
Whether it’s taking on the role of a beloved country singer or reprising his part as a notorious villain, Michael Shannon continues to keep us on our toes. His dedication to his craft and his unwavering commitment to performance over spectacle make him a true standout in Hollywood. While he may not be completely satisfied with his role in The Flash, it’s clear that Shannon took it seriously.
Whether it’s taking on the role of a beloved country singer or reprising his part as a notorious villain, Michael Shannon continues to keep us on our toes. His dedication to his craft and his unwavering commitment to performance over spectacle make him a true standout in Hollywood. While he may not be completely satisfied with his role in The Flash, it’s clear that Shannon’s dissatisfaction stems from a desire to constantly improve and challenge himself.
With The Flash and George & Tammy on the horizon, we can’t wait to see what Shannon brings to the table next. After all, with an actor as talented and dedicated as Shannon, it’s a safe bet that whatever he does, it will be well worth the wait. But if you’ll excuse me now, I need to pop off and dust off my Michael Shannon action figure. I suggest you do the same, and let’s look forward to his next unforgettable performance!
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