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Michael Shannon darkens ‘Iceman’ role

Michael Shannon darkens ‘Iceman’ role

Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2012 8:00 pm

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Michael Shannon is filmdom’s newest Mafia hit man, playing a killer-for-hire who conceals the truth of his occupation from his picture-perfect suburban family in “The Iceman.”
Israeli director Ariel Vroman says he fought for years to get Shannon into the role, fending off “more obvious choices.”
Vroman said he wanted Shannon because “he comes with a darkness,” explaining it was more effective to “make that darkness more refined” than to “bring someone who is very cheesy” and try to add it.
In the film, based on the real story of Richard Kuklinski, Shannon stars alongside Winona Ryder as his unsuspecting wife and Ray Liotta as the Mafia boss who recognizes hit-man potential. The film makes its world premiere today in competition at the Venice Film Festival.

Published in The Messenger 8.30.12

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