The Break Room: Michael Shannon Unleashes His Inner Sorority Girl

If Delta Gamma’s official motto is “Do Good,” then Maryland’s favorite sorority girl has, in her own inadvertent way, demonstrated exemplary service to the people of the internet as Academy-award nominee Michael Shannon has turned her profanity-laden e-mail into a dramatic reading worthy of whatever trophy they give out for this sort of thing.

The GQ&A: Boardwalk Empire's Michael Pitt

GQ: Wikipedia. It says, “A casting agent, whom Pitt mistook as a police officer attempting to arrest him, noticed him and recommended him for a guest role on the television series Dawson’s Creek.” Is that true?

Michael Pitt: What happened was that I was doing an off-Broadway play in New York City. I didn’t have an agent—I was really green—and I was told one night that there were some men outside who wanted to talk to me, and they sent me a little note, and I peeked out from backstage and saw these two suits, you know? I didn’t know who they were and I didn’t know what it was about, so I went out the back door. I just said, ‘Uh, yeah, I’ll be right there,’ and then I went out the back door.

Lunch With Omar In Our Cafeteria

He sure turned heads, too. The Wire’s (and Boardwalk Empire’s and Community’s) Michael Kenneth Williams grabbed a quick meal with GQ’s Mark Anthony Green to talk about being funny, getting a shoutout from Obama and keeping that scar. Click here for the full read. A small sample below:

GQ: After working on The Wire for two seasons, you were evicted from your apartment. What happened?
Michael Kenneth Williams: When I booked The Wire, I was in a very dark place.  I was searching for a way out, period. And I didn’t know what my next move was going to be. I had left the [acting] business, and I was working at my mother’s daycare in Flatbush. It was a point where I didn’t care about much and that was my state of mind when I went in to read for Omar. When I got the part, it took the focus off myself and my personal problems. With that came a lot of irresponsible behavior, especially financially speaking. I had a lot of time on my hands and wasn’t working as much in the second season, so I started getting into some reckless behavior. Lots of partying and a little too much spending money and at the end of season two, I had to put my shit in storage and move out. But one thing I didn’t do was give up my apartment in Brooklyn, so at the end of season two all my shit was in storage in Baltimore and I was sleeping on a mattress on the floor in the projects of Brooklyn. And that hurt.

GQ: You were 25, right when the incident…
The fight.

GQ: Yes, the fight, that left you with that infamous scar. Did you have plastic surgery?
Yes I did. But not to remove it, just so I wouldn’t keloid.

GQ: So could they have removed the scar permanently?
I never asked that question, really. When it first happened, I had to maneuver some things to be eligible for a plastic surgeon. I didn’t have health insurance at the time. So he just stitched me up. That was my main concern.

GQ: If you could have it removed today, would you?