Celebrity interviewer, Eric Spitznagel, recently sat down with actor Michael Shannon for an interview for Playboy.
Shannon is a two-time Oscar nominee for Revolutionary Road and Nocturnal Animals. He recently played Richard Strickland in The Shape of Water and Captain Beatty in the recent remake of Farenheit 451.
In the interview, Spitznagel asked Shannon:
“When you spend enough time in a character’s skin, do you start to empathize with him?”
“Oh yeah, all the time. When I played Captain Beatty in Fahrenheit 451, about halfway through shooting I was like, ‘Maybe he’s right. Maybe people do know too much. Maybe people are better off not knowing anything.'”
As the interview drifted towards politics, Spitznagel alluded to the earlier question and asked him who he’d want to play in a movie about the Trump administration.
“I honestly don’t think I’d want to be in a movie about this administration. I wouldn’t want anyone to make a movie about it. My preference would be that it just fade into nonexistence. I wouldn’t want to memorialize it or celebrate it in any way.”
Spitznagel continued to probe asking Shannon if he thought Trump was suffering from demons of self-doubt or fear.
“He’s having the time of his fucking life. He doesn’t even have to work. All the hard work that most people have to do to get to be president of the United States, he just skipped all that. The fucking guy doesn’t even know what’s in the Constitution. He doesn’t have any grasp of history or politics or law or anything. He’s just blindfolded, throwing darts at the side of a bus”
Shannon continued saying that Trump had nothing to be empathetic toward and that he doesn’t believe Trump is capable of deep reflection.
“I’m not going to remotely contemplate the notion that Trump is capable of deep reflection…
“It doesn’t happen. Fuck that guy. When he’s alone with his thoughts, he’s not capable of anything more complex than ‘I want some pussy and a cheeseburger. Maybe my wife will blow me if I tell her she’s pretty.'”
He also shared his thoughts on Trump supporters.
“Somebody who thinks Trump is doing a good job, there’s no conversation to have with that person. I know they say you should reach across the aisle and all that crap, but to me it feels like putting your hand into a fan.”
Shannon’s candor has got the internet cheering.
michael shannon murdering donald trump all along his playboy interview made so much my day that i'm crying with joy and utter love for this man pic.twitter.com/ZA178NhJim
— Midgardian Nerd (@_captain_jay) August 20, 2018
“Somebody who thinks Trump is doing a good job, there's no conversation to have with that person. I know they say you should reach across the aisle and all that crap, but to me it feels like putting your hand into a fan.” – Michael Shannon, Playboy interview#HandIntoAFan LOL
— Kennedy W. (@Nebula_GOTG_17) August 19, 2018
I want to be Michael Shannon when I grow up. https://t.co/yW62A8mXEK
— alan tudyk (@AlanTudyk) August 19, 2018
Your regular reminder that Michael Shannon is a national treasure. https://t.co/rSTrox3zMV
— Brian Tallerico (@Brian_Tallerico) August 19, 2018
His may have made new fans with this interview:
michael shannon can more clearly assess trump that 90% of the NYT or WaPo political analysts https://t.co/kbQnllfhCS
— Kilgore Trout (@KT_So_It_Goes) August 19, 2018
I cannot overstate my absolute utter love and adoration for Michael Shannon. https://t.co/YeuPRNQQiN
— Courtney Enlow (@courtenlow) August 19, 2018
Gotta love Playboy's attempts at trying to humanise and add nuance to Donald Trump. Gotta love Michael Shannon even more for refusing to let them… https://t.co/NhjbWP3Dnd
— Jay Thomas (@ThisJayThomas) August 19, 2018
Michael Shannon in a playboy interview is spot on in his condemnation of Trump and his supporters. pic.twitter.com/j8v9nxEaHW
— camethedawn (@camethedawnxp) August 19, 2018
Michael Shannon getting to the heart of the matter and not pulling any punches in that @Playboy interview may be the best thing I read today. There are no more “layers” to Trump. He's exactly as egotistical & narcissistic as he appears to be. Nothing more, nothing less. pic.twitter.com/iHoYEpMsgQ
— JuHun's Husband, Devo (@HickeyDevon) August 19, 2018
And this is a guy who really, really LIKES playing villains. “The fucking guy doesn’t even know what’s in the Constitution. He doesn’t have any grasp of history or politics or law or anything.”#MichaelShannon #Playboyhttps://t.co/Q31IOEtHsk
— videoflyer (@videoflyer) August 20, 2018
Wonder if Shannon will be graced with a tweet from Trump in return…