Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain Discuss Their New, Apocalyptic Film ‘Take Shelter’

Take Shelter is one hell of a punch to the gut.

Director Jeff Nichols’ tale of anxiety and nightmarish premonitions follows a small town couple Chris and Samantha (Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain of The Help and The Debt) as they struggle with Chris’ seemingly random, torturous visions. Whether he’s watching his mentality slowly breakdown or capturing a glimpse of the world’s end is unclear—but either way, Shannon goes all out in depicting his character’s suffering.

The movie garnered high praise after its debut at the Sundance Film Festival and built momentum after hitting Cannes and Toronto. This weekend, the movie finally hits a limited run in New York and LA (which will probably expand to a theater near you) and I had a chance to sit down with Shannon, Chastain and Nichols to talk about bringing the unique drama to life.

Obviously, I threw Shannon a Zod/Superman: Man of Steel question for good measure.



After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of UGO.com, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining Hollywood.com as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.