Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
The rich lady is pretty but her character is given less depth than a dishrag. She interacts with her grandfather and a streetwise dame at a boarding house and everything is going along fine, just some nice and digestible pre-war pabulum, but then the main dude arrives and he just pollutes the screen. I wanted to invent a time machine so I go back and kick his ass. He looks like if you tried to make a old time "handsome man" mask out of biscuit dough. His voice is nasally and his laugh lines made my pelvis hurt, as if I were bracing for a kick. And worst of all his character is a gross jerk. But the dumb rich woman falls for him and so he sticks around. Whenever he's not on screen the movie is completely tolerable but then he comes back and it's bad again. I hope he died in WWII.
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