Let’s get one thing straight: Michael Shannon is a national treasure.
Whether or not you recognize the Oscar-worthy actor’s name, you’ll certainly know his face, whose intense and arresting demeanor reflects that of a coal-country native (Shannon was born in Lexington, Ky.). Best known for his roles in “Take Shelter,” and, most recently, “The Shape of Water,” Shannon never shies from taking on addled and villainous characters.
The stoic 43-year-old may also be one of our most overlooked style icons. Look no further than these pics for evidence of his cultivated aesthetic and discerning taste.
On-screen and off, Shannon refuses to fade into the background. What better way is there to stand out than with red corduroy trousers?
“Army” green: Can there possibly be a less popular color on the film-festival circuit? Yet, somehow, Shannon makes the case for it.
Fashion can also send a message: In this case, letting people know you stand for the vigilante justice of a human-Atlantean superhero.
It takes a brave man to show up in a freshly cropped pair of “jorts.”
Who else can pull off a Christmas sweater in earnest?
Ultimately, style is about interpreting what you feel on the inside through different cuts, textures and accessories. Here, Shannon delivers what one may assume is his true and utterly rare self.
So, go ahead, Michael. Express yourself.