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Michael Shannon: The Boardwalk Empire Star Enjoys Reading a Good Book and the Times but Don't Get Him Started on Twitter or TV

Magazine article ADWEEK

Michael Shannon: The Boardwalk Empire Star Enjoys Reading a Good Book and the Times but Don't Get Him Started on Twitter or TV

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What's the first information you consume in the morning?

I usually look at my emails and then Look at The New York Times on my iPad. No print publications--it's a waste of paper, I think. Then I Listen to the Local jazz radio station, WBGO from New Jersey, on my Little Tivoli Audio radio.

Are you a TV junkie?

I don't watch any television. I don't even watch my own show. I find television tremendously uninteresting. However, there is one television show that I actually have some reverence for, and I've seen every episode of it several times. It's called Dr. Katz. It was an animated show on Comedy Central a while ago. It's one of the funniest things I've ever seen.

Do you ever download or stream movies?

I hardly ever watch movies, but when I do, I greatly prefer to see them in a theater. I'm very discouraged by the whole digital age of film projection, and I just want to see as many movies projected on film as I can before it becomes a thing of the past.

What books have you read lately?

I just read a really good biography of a saxophone player called Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper. it's a fascinating read, and I highly recommend it. But I read a Lot of scripts, honestly. That kind of monopolizes my time.

How do you pass the time on set when you're shooting Boardwalk Empire?

I have a very strict rule that when I'm at work, I turn my phone off, and I don't take any of that stuff to set because I'm there to work and not there to play Tetris on a phone, So sometimes I'll talk to people, face-to-face--real actual breathing people. …

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