From theatre to Boardwalk Empire to Man of Steel, Michael Shannon has gone from outcast to centre stage. In a world exclusive he tells Jonathan Lethem about critics, what it’s like to play “the scumbag” – and why acting is a service industry We’re at a restaurant, a nice Brooklyn brunch place, Michael Shannon’s local place, where he is known. At the start, as if by way of an overture or an inoculation, I am treated to a Michael Shannon Rant. “I’m really bad – I read reviews. It’s been weird.