We recently got the chance to talk to Michael Shannon
about his role in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (read our review)
, where he also got to chatting about his work on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire
When he was asked how he found working on a TV show, his answer was surprising. To him, TV is “very weird. It’s very much for the writers, it’s their medium. They control it, they make it and its all about them. And I don’t find it very collaborative really”.
This came in the middle of Shannon
talking about being dissatisfied with the stop/start nature of filmmaking, in direct contrast with the way the theatre works. And in TV, there are even more restrictions on your freedom as an actor.
When asked to clarify his comments, Shannon
continued: “Boardwalk Empire is not collaborative at all. They hand you your scenes and you do them. Which is fine, they know better than I do.” The actor then goes on to talk about TV more generally – “I hear a lot of the time people saying TV is so great now, it’s better than movies. And I don’t agree with that at all… I still think at the end of the day TV is just about sustaining interest – making something that people will just keep watching. Which is ultimately a trick.”
It’s an interesting point of view from an actor who has worked very rarely in television and raises some questions about the nature of long running TV shows, like Lost
for example, which milk a premise just to keep the audience watching.
Whatever your own opinions on the issue, it’s clear Michael Shannon
wouldn’t be so keen to head back to the smaller screen for a different show: “I’m very proud to be a part of it but if Boardwalk stopped shooting I wouldn’t be calling my agent asking for when my next TV show was.”Boardwalk Empire returns with season 4 in September 2013, while Shannon will next be seen in Man of Steel which opens on the 14th of June.Read the full interview with Michael Shannon here
and our review of Man of Steel here