"My dad used to say, 'You have to become part of the machine to beat the machine,' and there's some validity in it. But honestly, even when I'm inside the machine, you still see me. I stick out a little bit."
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."Michael Shannon on Pope John XXIII
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."Michael Shannon on Friedrich Nietzsche
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."Michael Shannon on Eminem
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."Michael Shannon on Hedy Lamarr
"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."Michael Shannon on Friedrich Nietzsche
"When you see a struggle that you may be having personally put on a big screen and in a roomful of people, then it makes you feel less crazy or alone, because you're seeing that other people are dealing with it too. You get to see in this imaginary scenario how people might try and answer some questions or deal with some problems."
"One of the reasons I'm an actor is because I was no physical specimen as a child. I wasn't athletic and didn't have any prowess in that regard. Growing up in Kentucky, most little boys were trying to get into sports, and it was very competitive, so that was not to be. But I did want to do something."
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