Michael Shannon wants to play Aquaman
“A lot of people say, ‘What do you do for research?’ I say I research the script. I look at the script. Sometimes the actors who are more focused on the character are not even saying their lines right. I like to say my lines word for word and I’m trying to understand why I’m saying what I’m saying. That’s why I’m always picking up the script and working at it—I’m going over it to make sure I’m not missing anything.”
Yeah, you know, anybody who comes up and says, “Why don’t you ever do a comedy,” or something or whatever, I say, “Well, go see ‘Premium Rush’!” I was having a field day. I was cracking jokes left and right. I did improv in that movie. I made up lines and David kept them in. I mean, I was having a blast. I don’t know, people are always like, “Do comedy, do comedy.” I’m like, “Go see my fucking comedies!” Don’t tell me to do comedies. I’ve done comedies. Did you ever see “Grand Theft Parsons”? That’s a fucking comedy. “Did you go see it?” “No.” I mean, that’s the thing. A lot of the stuff that I’m best known for is the more dramatic stuff. But, you know what? I did three comedic roles for Jerry Bruckheimer! I did “Pearl Harbor,” I’m comic relief. In “Bad Boys 2” I’m the fucking comic relief. And then I did “Kangaroo Jack”! Which is, I mean, for better or worse, it’s ostensibly a comedy. So, I don’t know what people expect. It’s just the things I’m best known for tend to be the most dramatic things.