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.
In October 1983 I was staying on a Kibbutz in Israel, one evening a film crew turned up and asked for a few volunteers to help them. A group of us went off into the woods with the crew, put on army uniforms, sat around a bonfire, and then they chose me to go off for firewood and be murdered! I didn't get the names of the crew etc but I did ask what the film was to be called and was told "Soldier of the night". Twenty years later I finally found the film on IMDB but could not find a copy of it to watch. In fact I don't think it's ever been released on video in the UK. Although not sure whether 'my' scene ended up in the final cut I eventually bought a copy from the USA (thanks ebay)and, with the help of an American friend who has brought his video recorder here to the UK with him, last night I watched it. The good news - I survived the editing process and am in the first scene of the film (OK - its all very quick and poorly lit but its definitely me), the bad new - the rest of the film was awful. The plot idea isn't that bad I suppose, and the acting from some of the main characters was passable, but everything else had a very amateurish feel to it and this made much of it, and the ending in particular(yes I did watch it all), frankly ludicrous. If any of your friends or family where involved in making this film then watch out for them - otherwise give it a miss (sorry Dan, but thanks for my movie debut).
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