Newswire: Michael Shannon fought the Lip Sync Battle, and won

Michael Shannon is a talented actor, adept at playing diverse characters ranging from frothing psychopaths to people who are just a little bit off-kilter. Last night, though, he broke out of his usual box—possibly by staring a hole through it—to appear on Spike’s Lip Sync Battle, which is quickly becoming the go-to TV spot for actors and actresses to play around with their public personas through the power of music.

Shannon opened with a spirited rendition of The Pixies’ “Here Come Your Man,” doing his best impression of frontman Black Francis, if Black Francis was 6’3” and once laid waste to Metropolis. But it wasn’t until his take on R.E.M.’s “The End Of The World” that the actor really showed off the musical heart beating beneath his intimidating mien. Darting around a wreckage-strewn stage—in what we can only assume was a …

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