Movies | October 7, 2017 5:00 am

Michael Shannon Calls Acting ‘Silly’ Amidst Trump Tumult

'Considering the state of the world, I cannot do stuff right now that feels silly,' Shannon told Esquire.

Michael Shannon, the “scary-looking” actor described by Guillermo del Toro as “intense as f—k,” has been busy. His upcoming films include del Toro’s The Shape of Water, as well as roles opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hemsworth and Robert De Niro.

But all is not necessarily well in the Shannon household, described as a “nineteenth-century cotton storehouse” in Brooklyn; Shannon revealed to Esquire that he’s worried about the future, and societal unrest makes it hard to justify creative endeavors.

“Considering the state of the world, I cannot do stuff right now that feels silly,” Shannon told Esquire. “It’s hard not to feel silly.”

He continued: “If I was told, ‘We’re not making movies anymore,’ I’d be fine.”

He also expressed that he has absolutely no interest in trying to understand or embody the mind of voters who supported Donald Trump or Mitch McConnell during the 2016 election.

“I can find more excuses for what Richard Kuklinski did— a mafia hitman Shannon portrayed in The Iceman — than I can for people who voted for Trump.”

Shannon, who is from Kentucky, held similar views about people from his home state who elected McConnell.

“The people who voted for Mitch McConnell have sh-t for brains. I have no interest in understanding them. I don’t care if they see my movies or my shows.”