Just when we thought we couldn’t love him anymore, we just read a segment of the Michael Shannon Playboy interview which has since gone viral. And in it, Shannon says he wouldn’t ever want to play Donald Trump even though Shannon loves playing bad guys. His reasoning: Trump doesn’t have any depth or even thoughts beyond his most base desires.
Twitter user Vincent Scarpa shared a couple of scans from the latest Playboy issue, where Playboy‘s Eric Spitznagel asks Shannon if he’d like to play Donald Trump. The answer — which probably won’t surprise you if you’ve kept up with Shannon’s other comments about the president — was a flat no.
When Spitznagel follows up, Shannon makes it clear what he thinks in no uncertain terms:
Playboy: Just to get inside his head? You talked about being fascinated with bad men who are suffering.
Shannon: How do you mean? How is he suffering?
You don’t think Trump struggles with demons?
He’s having a blast! Are you fucking kidding me? That guy is having so much fun.
And there’s no self-doubt or fear?
He’s having the time of his fucking life. He doesn’t even have to work. All the hard work that most people have to do to get to be President of the United States, he just skipped all that. The fucking guy doesn’t even know what’s in the Constitution. He doesn’t have any grasp of history or politics or law or anything. He’s just blindfolded, throwing darts at the side of a bus.
The Michael Shannon Playboy interview doesn’t end there. Shannon also says Trump is incapable “of deep reflection … in any form,” saying, “He’s not capable of anything more complex than ‘I want some pussy and a cheeseburger. Maybe my wife will blow me if I tell her she’s pretty.'”
Scarpa also posted a second, much briefer segment of the Michael Shannon Playboy interview, where Shannon says he knows he should “reach across the aisle” to Trump supporters, “but to me, it feels like putting your hand into a fan.”
Though the full Michael Shannon Playboy interview is not yet online, you can read the whole thing in the Sept.-Oct. issue, featuring actress-singer Teyana Taylor on the cover.