Michael Shannon Contemplates His Future In Comedy And Maybe ‘SNL’

For such an intense actor, Michael Shannon has found himself in a unique place for the past few weeks as the star of a viral comedy video. His foul-mouthed dramatic reading of an infamous sorority email was a massive hit for Funny or Die, but things haven’t change too drastically in the life of the “Iceman” star.

“It’s mostly the crew at work,” Shannon told MTV News’ Josh Horowitz. “They come up to me and say, ’I saw your thing. It was funny.'”

With a growing comedy reputation, it wouldn’t be completely surprising to see Shannon go on to host an episode of “Saturday Night Live,” but the actor does worry about the difficult schedule.

“’SNL’ sounds like a real gauntlet. It sounds like an intense week of life. These guys have to write. They stay up for seven days straight, right? They’ve got to rehearse a lot,” Shannon said. “I’m not trying to talk anybody out of it. Lorne Michaels, now’s the time.”

“The Iceman” opens in theaters on May 3.