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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  • ryderup
    Ray Liotta in this? Then this is DTV right...right?
    • beevis
      i guess you thought "goodfellas" was direct to video too?
      • Lowrider_83
        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.
        • Xerxexx
           Joaquin Phoenix looked nothing like Johnny Cash, Frank Langella looked nothing like Richard Nixon, similar looks don't really matter.
          • Isildur_of_Numenor
            So true.
          • Xerxexx
          • beevis
            the guys playing the temptations didn't look anything like their real counterparts - but the  movie was great.
          • Xerxexx
          • Lowrider_83
            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.....
        •  Most people only saw this guy during his interviews in prison. It would stand to reason that he could be thinner in the past.
      • ryderup
        No, I actually do know that one god theatrical distribution. 
  • Xerxexx
    • beevis
      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.
      • Xerxexx
         Michael Shannon as Richard Kuklinski once one reads this, its enough to sell them.
        • beevis
        • son_et_lumiere
          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.
  • No, that doesn't look like a penis euphemism at all..
  • Looks icy...
  • BTA1138
    Before I read the headline, I seriously thought this was the new look he'll be sporting in Superman as Zod. 
  • beevis
    i'll watch anything MS is in - but, the story sounds facinating too!...can't wait to see a trailer.
    • Xerxexx
      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.
      • beevis
        yea - but if were thinking about the same thing, he had some very disturbing things to say as well.
        • Xerxexx
           Extremely disturbing. The guy was devoid of emotion, unless his family was brought up.
  • beevis
    uh, i HAVE to ask - why would it be important whether it is or isn't?
  • Diggy381
    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!
    • beevis
      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.
    • Max Renn
      He was a serial killer. The contract killer stuff was just his playground.
  • Horseflesh
    I'll definately be looking forward to this , Shannon is a sick @#$% as is , i'm glad hes getting the roles he deserves
  • Mafia are dicks.
    • Xerxexx
       Italian dicks to be exact.
      • 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.
        • Xerxexx
           Its a crazy ass world.
          • Honestly, sometimes I don't even want to get out of bed in the afternoon somedays.
  • Kingpin
    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". 
    • AW
      wikipedia supports the frozen body claim, but kuklinski himself tells the story of his nickname origin in Philip Carlos biography. fucking wikipedia. stupid.
  • Carlo
    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.
    • No kidding. Son-of-a-bitch! Now I'm seeing it in my head. 
  • grimjob
    Michael Shannon is an excellent choice for this! I watched the interviews with Kuklinski. Creepy guy. Perfect casting!
  • Michael Shannon scares me in general. This just makes it worse.
  • jah p
    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!
  • David S.
    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.
  • STR1482
    i wish they would make a film about Roy Demeo. Would be a massive hit, bigger than Goodfellas or Casino IMHO




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