Michael Shannon Means Business on the First Poster for 'The Iceman'

March 26, 2012
Source: Cinema Teaser

The Iceman

Though news on the project hadn't been heard since 2010, late last year, The Iceman got some new cast members in the form of David Schwimmer, Maggie Gyllenhaal (now replaced by Winona Ryder) and Ray Liotta. The film follows Michael Shannon as the titular killer, Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski, a mafia hit man who murdered more than 200 people, including at least 50 vagrants before he was 18 years old. His nickname stems from the fact that he sometimes froze corpses to disguise the time of death. Now we have our first look at Shannon in the film thanks to the first poster from Cinema Teaser (via The Playlist). Look!

Here's the phallic first poster for Ariel Vroman's The Iceman from Cinema Teaser (via The Playlist):

The Iceman - First Poster

Ariel Vroman directed The Iceman and also wrote the script with Morgan Land based on Anthony Bruno's biography The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer. Michael Shannon plays the titular serial killer who murdered more than 200 people while Ray Liotta, Chris Evans, David Schwimmer and Winona Ryder round out the supporting cast. It's not clear when the film is expected to hit theaters so stay tuned.

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Reader Feedback - 42 Comments


Ray Liotta in this? Then this is DTV right...right?

ryderup on Mar 26, 2012


i guess you thought "goodfellas" was direct to video too?

beevis on Mar 26, 2012


Humm. correct me if I'm wrong but, Shannon looks NOTHING like the Iceman..... Iceman is quite a bit fatter pretty bald or close to it and looks more like Jack Nicholson than Shannon...... I hope he's like 18 years old on that damn poster. Anyways, movie should be good if you can overlook this "smal" detail.

Lowrider_83 on Mar 26, 2012


 Joaquin Phoenix looked nothing like Johnny Cash, Frank Langella looked nothing like Richard Nixon, similar looks don't really matter.

Xerxexx on Mar 26, 2012


So true.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Mar 26, 2012



Xerxexx on Mar 26, 2012


the guys playing the temptations didn't look anything like their real counterparts - but the  movie was great.

beevis on Mar 26, 2012



Xerxexx on Mar 26, 2012


Actually, No one looks like Johnny Cash, except maybe that hired gun, Harry Heck who played in "The Punisher"..... Anyway, I thought Joaquim Phoenix was pretty close. And as far as Frank Langella, I thought he was a nice match as well. Difference here is that NO ONE looks like either Cash or Nixon. However, if you look at Richard Kuklinski, you'll see that there's at least half a dozen actors who could easily portray him. Nicholson still being my favorite. Actually, come to think of it, with a decent team, they could even use Frank Langella to portay him, or that actor who played Count Dooku in Star Wars episode 1,2,3... maybe.....

Lowrider_83 on Mar 27, 2012


 Most people only saw this guy during his interviews in prison. It would stand to reason that he could be thinner in the past.

Triangle Dimes on Apr 30, 2012


No, I actually do know that one god theatrical distribution. 

ryderup on Mar 26, 2012



Xerxexx on Mar 26, 2012


hells yea! it's michael shannon - he doesn't do enough movies. oh, and sorry to hear about the accident. hope you and your girl are feeling better.

beevis on Mar 26, 2012


 Michael Shannon as Richard Kuklinski once one reads this, its enough to sell them.

Xerxexx on Mar 26, 2012



beevis on Mar 26, 2012


seconded. hell, the words 'starring Michael Shannon' are enough of a sell for me, quite honestly. i do hope your recovery is going speedily, sir. may it be complete as soon as possible.

son_et_lumiere on Mar 27, 2012


No, that doesn't look like a penis euphemism at all..

Don Shanahan on Mar 26, 2012


Looks icy...

lifefoodfilm on Mar 26, 2012


Before I read the headline, I seriously thought this was the new look he'll be sporting in Superman as Zod. 

BTA1138 on Mar 26, 2012


i'll watch anything MS is in - but, the story sounds facinating too!...can't wait to see a trailer.

beevis on Mar 26, 2012


Have you seen the Iceman interviews? I accidentally played Arvo Part's "Spiegel im Spiegel" when the interviewer asked him about his was so bittersweet. The guy was on a whole different level.

Xerxexx on Mar 26, 2012


yea - but if were thinking about the same thing, he had some very disturbing things to say as well.

beevis on Mar 26, 2012


 Extremely disturbing. The guy was devoid of emotion, unless his family was brought up.

Xerxexx on Mar 26, 2012


uh, i HAVE to ask - why would it be important whether it is or isn't?

beevis on Mar 26, 2012


He really looks like Kuklinski. . . wow. Very intense. I'm looking forward to this. I have read a lot of stuff and seen a few documentaries about this guy. His actual life is something you could not make up in Hollywood. He was a certified cold blooded killer with no remorse even in his later years. He did some really frightening things. I think Michael Shannon will do a great job!

Diggy381 on Mar 26, 2012


exactly - the no remorse/feeling about the killing is what is disturbing to me. hey, i could kill if i was attacked.....but to contract kill - and have no remorse?.....that's psycho.

beevis on Mar 26, 2012


He was a serial killer. The contract killer stuff was just his playground.

Max Renn on Mar 26, 2012


I'll definately be looking forward to this , Shannon is a sick @#$% as is , i'm glad hes getting the roles he deserves

Horseflesh on Mar 26, 2012


Mafia are dicks.

Crapola on Mar 26, 2012


 Italian dicks to be exact.

Xerxexx on Mar 26, 2012


There's many mafia, some are Irish, Russian, they all exploit poor people, but somehow Hollywood makes people like them. Italians do have corruption in their blood though, for all the great culture they've given the world, there's so much wrong in their society. Mafioso rubbish being one of those wrongs. My favourite is how the pope was down with the Nazi's, not todays pope, who has his own problems with the nazi cubscouts, but the old one in WW2.

Crapola on Mar 26, 2012


 Its a crazy ass world.

Xerxexx on Mar 26, 2012


Honestly, sometimes I don't even want to get out of bed in the afternoon somedays.

Crapola on Mar 27, 2012


Bad reporting Ethan! Shame shame shame. He didnt get his nickname from freezing his victims, he got his nickname because his inability to feel any emotion when murdering anybody. He would be asked to prove his worth by going and murdering (in one case) a man walking his dog. He walked right up to him, shot him in the head, and walked back to the car. His associate Roy Demeo penned the nickname when he said Kuklinski was "Cold as ice". 

Kingpin on Mar 26, 2012


wikipedia supports the frozen body claim, but kuklinski himself tells the story of his nickname origin in Philip Carlos biography. fucking wikipedia. stupid.

AW on Mar 26, 2012


He may be an Academy Award nominee, but nothing will change the fact that when I look at him, all I remember is him playing the red neck in Bad Boys 2.  Damn you Michael Bay.

Carlo on Mar 26, 2012


No kidding. Son-of-a-bitch! Now I'm seeing it in my head. 

Quanah on Mar 26, 2012


Michael Shannon is an excellent choice for this! I watched the interviews with Kuklinski. Creepy guy. Perfect casting!

grimjob on Mar 26, 2012


Michael Shannon scares me in general. This just makes it worse.

Quanah on Mar 26, 2012


This book was amazing! One of the best mafia books ever written IMO...Michael Shannon will own this role! He definitely has the height, the looks to play the Iceman!

jah p on Mar 26, 2012


Amazing book! So excited to see Shannon in this! He really is one of the most underrated actors around. Glad to see this is really coming together.

David S. on Mar 28, 2012


i wish they would make a film about Roy Demeo. Would be a massive hit, bigger than Goodfellas or Casino IMHO

STR1482 on May 10, 2012

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