Michael Shannon Famous Quotes & Sayings

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Michael Shannon Sayings: One thing I'm a big fan of is the theater of the absurd. That's what One thing I'm a big fan of is the theater of the absurd. That's what I come from, that's what I love to do more than anything. What I love about absurdity is the words "comedy" and "drama" get thrown out the window and it's just life, which is absurd.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: Let's point out the elephant in the room: Actor bands are not notoriously successful enterprises. Let's point out the elephant in the room: Actor bands are not notoriously successful enterprises. I can't think of any.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: I just keep working on things I like, and hope for the best. I hope I just keep working on things I like, and hope for the best. I hope people enjoy them.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: The thing about New York is, more than any other place I've ever been, you The thing about New York is, more than any other place I've ever been, you run into people on the street that you would never imagine you'd see, old friends, people just like there for a day or two. I find that all the time when I'm walking around Manhattan, running into people that I had no idea were even there.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: I don't pick my roles by genre; that's kind of silly. I don't pick my roles by genre; that's kind of silly.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: The thing that is always important to me is the relationships. I feel like until The thing that is always important to me is the relationships. I feel like until I get around with the actual people that I am going to be working with there is only so much that I can do.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: That's one of the great things about acting - you get to pretend you're somebody That's one of the great things about acting - you get to pretend you're somebody else, which is great if you get bored with yourself.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: Everything that happens on Wall Street only fortifies my opinion that there is in fact Everything that happens on Wall Street only fortifies my opinion that there is in fact a more ludicrous industry than the entertainment industry.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: I have been acting for over 20 years and I started in the smallest little I have been acting for over 20 years and I started in the smallest little theater that you can possibly imagine and then I very slowly built myself to this point. So it is never like there is this real sharp change or something that really startled me. It has just been very gradual.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: I've known a lot of religious people. My mother is very religious, but she also I've known a lot of religious people. My mother is very religious, but she also is very private about it. When I was growing up, she never went to church. She just prayed and read her Bible and kept it to herself. I'm not from a background of flamboyant believers. It's much more a personal issue.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: I just look at it as a real group activity when you are making movies. I just look at it as a real group activity when you are making movies. There are so many different artists doing so many different things, and they are all interconnected. So I like to see what everybody else is going to bring to the table before I make up my mind too much about anything.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: What should really be happening is a revolution. The system should be torn apart by What should really be happening is a revolution. The system should be torn apart by the people and banks shouldn't be allowed to do what they do, and giant corporations shouldn't be allowed to run the world to the ground the way they're doing. But that's not happening for whatever reason.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: People don't go to the movies to get the news, people don't go to the People don't go to the movies to get the news, people don't go to the movies to learn a lesson. People go to the movie to get an emotional experience.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: I'll tell you what's funny about it [NSA wiretapping]: They tell us we got to I'll tell you what's funny about it [NSA wiretapping]: They tell us we got to cut the budget; we have to have budget rollback. We're going to cut the budget on air traffic control, and every once in a while your plane is going to be delayed for three hours. But we do have the money laying around to hire people to read your emails and listen to your phone conversations. That just doesn't make any friggin' sense at all.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: Well, I think anybody who's had a baby can tell you that once you have Well, I think anybody who's had a baby can tell you that once you have a baby, they kind of become the main focus. I don't think there's gonna be a lot of room for anything else.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: When you see a struggle that you may be having personally put on a big When you see a struggle that you may be having personally put on a big screen and in a roomful of people, then it makes you feel less crazy or alone, because you're seeing that other people are dealing with it too. You get to see in this imaginary scenario how people might try and answer some questions or deal with some problems.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: I get pretty attached to the majority of the characters I play. I can't help I get pretty attached to the majority of the characters I play. I can't help myself.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: If you don't believe there's some organising principle, or somebody up in the sky pulling If you don't believe there's some organising principle, or somebody up in the sky pulling the strings, then it can be very stressful. And nature itself is very arbitrary - it's not malevolent or benevolent; it doesn't even know we're here.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: One of the reasons I got into acting to begin with is that I was One of the reasons I got into acting to begin with is that I was trying to figure out how life worked. It was interesting to me to try and follow how other people, real or imaginary, would deal with problems, because I was trying to deal with my own problems.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: Honestly, as hard a profession as acting is, I think music is even harder. Acting, Honestly, as hard a profession as acting is, I think music is even harder. Acting, you're like a leech, because someone else does the hard part for you. They write it for you, then the director tells you what to do. You really just need to know how to pay attention, follow instructions.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: If Mother Theresa went to Atlantic City, I don't think she'd start playing Blackjack. If Mother Theresa went to Atlantic City, I don't think she'd start playing Blackjack.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: I've never worried about anything in my life a fraction of the way I worry I've never worried about anything in my life a fraction of the way I worry about my daughter. It's much more than hoping people like the play you're in, or that your outfit doesn't look bad. It's the real deal.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: This whole notion of the acting career as a monopoly where you rise to power This whole notion of the acting career as a monopoly where you rise to power ... it doesn't really work that way. I don't ever really feel powerful in any way. It's kind of the same thing it's always been: You just figure out what you want to do and you do it.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: I started acting because I was miserable and crazy and wanted to be someone else, I started acting because I was miserable and crazy and wanted to be someone else, to run around and scream in front of people without getting in trouble.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: When I'm working, I don't wake up and say, 'OK, time to go be intense.' When I'm working, I don't wake up and say, 'OK, time to go be intense.' I just look at whatever scenes we're working on that day and break them down - just real intense everyday work.
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Michael Shannon Sayings: A lot of times the characters I play tend to be kind of loners or A lot of times the characters I play tend to be kind of loners or they don't have best friends or best buddies.
Michael Shannon Sayings: I know this'll sound obnoxious, but acting was very much an accident for me. I I know this'll sound obnoxious, but acting was very much an accident for me. I didn't have, like, posters of Marlon Brando in my bedroom when I was growing up.
Michael Shannon Sayings: You got to know what's worth keeping and what's worth letting go. You got to know what's worth keeping and what's worth letting go.
Michael Shannon Sayings: Humility in this business [acting] isn't just a matter of being polite, it's kind of Humility in this business [acting] isn't just a matter of being polite, it's kind of a matter of survival. You can't ever afford to think that you're the bee's knees, because you could always afford to be better. You have to always be searching for something better.
Michael Shannon Sayings: If you are only getting two takes and you are on a crazy set where If you are only getting two takes and you are on a crazy set where there is a lot of noise and distractions and it is hard to focus - that is frustrating. But I don't mind two takes if there is a healthy respect with the work going on with the actors.
Michael Shannon Sayings: I never went into acting to be able to scare everybody. If I'd wanted to I never went into acting to be able to scare everybody. If I'd wanted to frighten people, I could have joined the C.I.A.
Michael Shannon Sayings: I've always been happy just to be working. It doesn't really matter for me how I've always been happy just to be working. It doesn't really matter for me how many people are familiar with my name or my picture, or whatever.
Michael Shannon Sayings: Most of the time for movies and stuff, with the exception of Jeff Nichols, who Most of the time for movies and stuff, with the exception of Jeff Nichols, who I've worked with a few times, you just don't know people too well. Everyone is cordial and nice and some people are very genuinely friendly, but once the movie is over you never see them again.
Michael Shannon Sayings: There are certain ways of being that people don't find acceptable or very pleasant in There are certain ways of being that people don't find acceptable or very pleasant in regular life, but you go out on stage and do pretty much the same thing and they find it spellbinding.
Michael Shannon Sayings: There's nothing routine about 'Boardwalk Empire.' It's like being in some secret society where they There's nothing routine about 'Boardwalk Empire.' It's like being in some secret society where they call you up and tell you where to go: 'Meet us at the corner of such and so.'
Michael Shannon Sayings: If you don't fight the system, you can either take advantage of the system or If you don't fight the system, you can either take advantage of the system or let the system take advantage of you.
Michael Shannon Sayings: If you are going to be on TV for however many years, you want to If you are going to be on TV for however many years, you want to make sure that you have writers that are giving you something to work with, and I got that in spades.
Michael Shannon Sayings: If you give me enough time, enough leash, I can become pretty reasonable. If you give me enough time, enough leash, I can become pretty reasonable.
Michael Shannon Sayings: My dad used to say, 'You have to become part of the machine to beat My dad used to say, 'You have to become part of the machine to beat the machine,' and there's some validity in it. But honestly, even when I'm inside the machine, you still see me. I stick out a little bit.
Michael Shannon Sayings: I guess if there's one thing that might surprise people about me, it's that I'm I guess if there's one thing that might surprise people about me, it's that I'm very obedient. I'm kind of like a dog. I look at acting as kind of a service industry. You're there to serve the writer and the director. I don't really look at it as an act of self-expression, like I'm going to say what's on my mind.
Michael Shannon Sayings: It's obviously a lot harder to try and be a good guy than it is It's obviously a lot harder to try and be a good guy than it is to be a bad guy. The world is a fundamentally evil place, it seems like. So in order to be a good person, you have to fight temptation and vice.
Michael Shannon Sayings: It's always very daunting to play someone who actually existed. You have to honor that, It's always very daunting to play someone who actually existed. You have to honor that, and be specific and accurate and try to make people believe that you're that guy, which is really hard.
Michael Shannon Sayings: If I were God, I would just be up there scratching my head, thinking, 'What If I were God, I would just be up there scratching my head, thinking, 'What the hell am I supposed to do with this?' For everyone helping an old lady across the street, there's someone else bludgeoning a person to death. And sometimes they're the same. How can He separate us all out?
Michael Shannon Sayings: One of the great things about acting is you can do things that in real One of the great things about acting is you can do things that in real life would get you in trouble. I think that's something I figured out pretty early on.
Michael Shannon Sayings: People are morons. I don't do any social media stuff. I have people telling me People are morons. I don't do any social media stuff. I have people telling me all the time, "You should do Twitter, you should do this, you should get on Facebook." Are you insane? I'm not doing any of that crap. I stay the hell off that thing. Every once in a while, I send a business email, and that's it.
Michael Shannon Sayings: Everybody's constantly being destroyed and rebuilding themselves, some more drastically than others. Everybody's constantly being destroyed and rebuilding themselves, some more drastically than others.
Michael Shannon Sayings: The stage is a routine. It keeps you grounded, like a metronome. I find that The stage is a routine. It keeps you grounded, like a metronome. I find that soothing.
Michael Shannon Sayings: Design is the fundamental creative activity with which we direct our lives, and collectively, the Design is the fundamental creative activity with which we direct our lives, and collectively, the earth's transformation from its original, natural state into our human-made world.
Michael Shannon Sayings: I enjoyed living in Chicago and doing plays for little or no money. I never I enjoyed living in Chicago and doing plays for little or no money. I never actually thought that I would leave Chicago, originally. I wasn't one of those people that had a plan to pack up the van and drive out to Hollywood. I didn't want to.
Michael Shannon Sayings: I like to play characters that get to do it all - to have a I like to play characters that get to do it all - to have a bit of comedy here and a bit of pathos here and a bit of suspense here, that's what's fun.
Michael Shannon Sayings: I think if you watch a lot of what I do, you're going to ultimately I think if you watch a lot of what I do, you're going to ultimately walk away seeing me. I can't hide - that impression is a personal impression people have of me.
Michael Shannon Sayings: It is surprising that people are snapping photos and stuff and then putting them on It is surprising that people are snapping photos and stuff and then putting them on the internet. For me, it is like, "Why would you want to do that?" It would be like knowing what your Christmas presents were before Christmas morning.
Michael Shannon Sayings: You can't escape this feeling of disintegration. The world is fragile. But you also can't You can't escape this feeling of disintegration. The world is fragile. But you also can't let it ruin your life. I'm actually a pretty composed person. I guess people imagine I spend my life thinking about crazy, sinister things but I don't, really. It's not like I'm trying to exorcise any demons.
Michael Shannon Sayings: That could sound arrogant, I guess, but sometimes I feel like I have a bit That could sound arrogant, I guess, but sometimes I feel like I have a bit of a Zelig thing. I'll blend in wherever. I'm from the South, so I'll have a Southern accent when I'm home. But if I'm up here in New York, I have a British accent.
Michael Shannon Sayings: A lot of times people will send me stuff. They will find something and they A lot of times people will send me stuff. They will find something and they will send it to me and then I will take a look at it. Every once in awhile I will go on IMDB for 10 or 15 minutes and look around. But I am not a huge gearhead. I don't even have my own computer. I use my girlfriends.
Michael Shannon Sayings: When you put your costume on and you get your hair and your makeup done When you put your costume on and you get your hair and your makeup done [for a role] and you stare in the mirror you feel like a different person.
Michael Shannon Sayings: Theater is the best. That's where you get the work done. You just really get Theater is the best. That's where you get the work done. You just really get in there and figure something out about a story or a character or life or the world. That's where magic stuff happens.
Michael Shannon Sayings: Inevitably people will get tired of me. People get tired of everyone except Jimmy Stewart. Inevitably people will get tired of me. People get tired of everyone except Jimmy Stewart. I'm not saying Jimmy Stewart would get tired of me, I'm just saying people will never get tired of Jimmy Stewart.
Michael Shannon Sayings: One of the reasons I'm an actor is because I was no physical specimen as One of the reasons I'm an actor is because I was no physical specimen as a child. I wasn't athletic and didn't have any prowess in that regard. Growing up in Kentucky, most little boys were trying to get into sports, and it was very competitive, so that was not to be. But I did want to do something.
Michael Shannon Sayings: I certainly don't want to have too many pre-conceived notions before I show up because I certainly don't want to have too many pre-conceived notions before I show up because then you might be cutting yourself off from the real lessons of what is going on.
Michael Shannon Sayings: It's a little bit odd. The first time you do the play, you kind of It's a little bit odd. The first time you do the play, you kind of throw yourself into it, trying to get the most out of all the individual moments. Then, a few hours later, you're still there, wondering what you could possibly do differently than what you just did a couple hours ago.
Michael Shannon Sayings: I'm just kind of odd. There are dark forces in the world, and if you I'm just kind of odd. There are dark forces in the world, and if you pay attention to what's going on around you, you end up incorporating it into the storytelling. Maybe it's some aspect of myself that's coming through that people are seeing, that I am in fact a quiet psycho.