“I wish I could stand here and say I was really miserable … [But] Bobby was just somebody that I felt like I understood,” Shannon reveals, adding that he drew inspiration from his love of true-crime fiction to bring the character to life. “It’s weird to say about a move like Nocturnal Animals
, but I really enjoyed doing it.”
As for his other major film of 2016, Loving
, which saw Ruth Negga nominated for her portrayal of Mildred, Shannon says he’s so proud of her and the project as a whole. “It feels amazing,” he adds. “I was hoping that film would get some love -- no pun intended – because I think it’s a beautiful story and immaculately told. Ruth’s performance is just staggering in it.”
While he delivered a standout performance, Shannon downplays any chance of taking home the statue. “I'm not for one instinct, hold any hope of actually winning the damn thing,” he says, preferring to focus on the fun of the event.
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When it comes to the ceremony itself, the actor, who is currently filming The Current War
with Benedict Cumberbatch in Essex, England, does have to figure out how he’ll get there. Filming ends on Feb. 25, leaving him less than a day to get to Los Angeles, where the awards will be handed out live. “I’ll have to teleport over there,” he jokes, adding that he’ll bring longtime partner, actress Kate Arrington, with whom he has two daughters.
And while it’s easy to think that his proudest moments of the past year would have been making Nocturnal Animals
, for Shannon it’s all about being a dad to Sylvia and Marion. “The responsibilities that hold the most significance in my life is being a father,” he reveals. “Lots of those moments don't happen on the set. They happen in those brief periods where I actually get to go home and take the kids to school and pick them up and cook them dinner and put them to bed.”
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