Here's my entry into Sati's blogathon, which asks one to choose a minor character who deserves his or her own spin-off.
Dex in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Note: SPOILERS below.
Before his character is introduced, Dex's brother-in-law Bobby (Brian F. O'Byrne) is killed in a failed robbery that is planned by the two lead brothers: Andy (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Hank (Ethan Hawke) Hanson.
Dex (Michael Shannon) and his sister Chris (Aleksa Palladino) meet Hank to discuss the financial affairs of his dead brother-in-law. They want a financial settlement for Bobby's death.
Dex dismisses Chris and intimidates Hank, even getting his address from his driver's license. All Dex wants is $10,000 to settle the matter and take care of his sister. While he threatens going to the cops, he admits that he doesn't like them.
They schedule a meeting in two days. Andy and Hank go to the meeting together, and everything is turned upside down when Andy pulls a gun, frisks Dex and shoots him on the spot. That's all we see of Dex.
I want to see Dex get his own movie because Michael Shannon delivers a chilling performance in only two brief scenes. He gives Dex a cold, hard grit infused with twisted wit. This is a character who gets things done - not always legally - and wants the best for his family. He dies in the film, but I say give him own crime drama.
The spin-off would have the same tone of the original film, but it would focus on Dex's own back-handed dealings. It would delve into his damaged life and the challenge of living under tough circumstances in New York. I'm not sure of the specific plot, but I know Shannon would nail the performance again, as he gives minor characters the stuff that leads are made of.
Michael Shannon would totally own this too. Awesome choice. I really need to watch this film again. I never did get to finish it.ReplyDelete
Thanks! Oh, you definitely need to watch it again. :)Delete
Love the idea! I saw the movie years ago so I only have a vague memory of a character but Shannon being the lead can only be a good sign, I also hope he gets back on the track soon 'cause his most recent work was rather disappointing.ReplyDelete
Thanks! Yeah, he needs to pick better projects. Though, he does have another Jeff Nichols film coming soon.Delete
Hey, I was curious who you'd pick Josh! Bummer I have not seen this film yet but it's one I've been hoping to see. I like Michael Shannon and he seems to be good no matter how small the role he got.ReplyDelete
Btw, I ended up coming up w/ 5 characters (+ 1 TV) for my entry ;-)
Hope you get to see it at some point, Ruth!Delete
Nice. I'll check out your post soon. :)
Great entry Josh! It's a fabulous film with excellent performances but you're spot on; Shannon makes this small role so much larger and if love to see a full movie of this guy.ReplyDelete
Thanks Mark! Glad to hear you're a fan of the film and his performance as well.Delete
Great choice buddy! Shannon works best with these kinds of characters. A film fleshing this man out would give him all the legroom he needed to nail something special.ReplyDelete
Thanks pal! Shannon's career has taken a different turn lately, but I'm hoping for good things in Jeff Nichols' latest.Delete
Oh man, this is an excellent spin-off idea. It's amazing how much Shannon conveys in just two scenes. I love him in this movie.ReplyDelete
Thanks man! Shannon thrives in roles like these. He's just so natural, so intimidating, so charismatic.Delete