Michael Shannon Dedicating 2016 Play Run To Late Dad
Man of Steel villain Michael Shannon is dedicating his upcoming run in Eugene O’Neill’s A Long Day’s Journey Into Night to his dad. The actor revealed it was his late father’s favorite play.
The actor will star in the role of Jamie, opposite Gabriel Byrne and Jessica Lange, in New York in Spring 2016, and admits the play has a special place in his heart.
Shannon told WENN:
“I’m really looking forward to that. It’s definitely my favorite Eugene O’Neill play, so I’m very excited to be doing it.
“It’s interesting because my father used to be an accountant in New York City back when he was younger and he said he would go to see Eugene O’Neill shows on Broadway with Jason Robards playing my character, and what an amazing experience he had.
“Unfortunately he’s passed away but it would’ve been such a neat thing for him to see me in a Eugene O’Neill play. He’ll probably be watching from wherever.”
Shannon will reprise his Man of Steel role as General Zod for the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice blockbuster, scheduled to hit theaters March 25, 2016. Shannon is, however, under a fairly strict gag-order not to reveal the extent to which his role will be involved.