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Michael Shannon: Acting helped me

Published 01/12/2011 | 12:42

Michael Shannon says acting helped him deal with his problems
Michael Shannon says acting helped him deal with his problems

Michael Shannon has revealed he found acting a therapeutic way to deal with his problems.

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The Take Shelter star admitted to The Guardian he was a somewhat disturbed child who was referred to a psychiatrist, only to trash their office and refuse their help. He found acting a release.

Michael revealed: "It was basically a way to make feelings and impulses I was having appropriate.

"Onstage it was like: 'Please go ahead, scream, run around, beat your chest' and everybody says how wonderful you are."

But the 37-year-old actor - known for his dark roles - insists he is no longer trying to "exorcise any demons" through his work.

He said: "I'm actually a pretty composed person. I guess people imagine I spend my life thinking about crazy, sinister things but I don't, really. It's not like I'm trying to exorcise any demons."

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