Interviewing Michael Shannon…

I always say that in order to do a good job, I need to write from the heart. My favorite way to put it is that I must fall in love with every man, woman and film I meet. No other ways around it. If I don’t like something, I’d rather sit it out, wait for someone else to rip it to shreds, because life is too short to spend it criticizing someone else’s work. My favorite criticism is silence. If you don’t hear from me about your film, food, fashion or culture, then chances are I didn’t like it. It’s my humble and personal opinion. And I’ll reserve the work it takes me to put together a readable blog for something else, a movie, a dinner, or a show I can say something nice about…

That point out of the way, and speaking of falling in love, meeting Michael Shannon at Berlinale this year was a dream come true. Talk about an actor that could probably read the phone book (do they even still make those?) and make it sound sultry and interesting. And in person, you ask? He’s just as wild as you would expect him to be. Quirky, weirdly handsome and mysterious. I cherish the moments I got to sit across from the actor and must admit that it’s times like these when I’m proud to do what I do. Which is… Wait! Meeting movie stars at luxury hotels while drinking gourmet water? OK. So not a difficult job yet one not everyone could do.

Read the entire profile of Shannon on the Huffington Post but here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite. Cheers!

“Sitting across from Shannon, who came dressed in a Berlinale grey sweatshirt and jeans, made me think of a lotus flower. Closed, low-key at first and not revealing its intense beauty to those who don’t deserve it, but once the layers start opening, a world of wonder is there rewarding those with the patience to discover it. I mean, just think back to Shannon’s multi-dimensional portrayal of Rick Carver, in Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes, a ruthless, unlikable character who becomes so humanly comprehensible right before our eyes, and in just under two hours. I believe great acting should always make the audience question their definition of good and bad.”

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