Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Shannon on the State of Agent Van Alden’s Soul

When we spoke to Michael Shannon this time last year, he expressed some disappointment that his devoutly Christian Boardwalk Empire character, Agent Nelson Van Alden, had fallen so quickly from grace. During the second season, Van Alden has tried to delay payment on his sins, mainly by hiding the woman he impregnated in hopes of passing the baby on to his sterile wife. In the end, he lost everything — and after his dramatic escape last episode, we're not sure if he's going to embrace single parenthood or resume his descent into depravity. Shannon, who's currently shooting Man of Steel, spoke to us late last night about the state of Van Alden's soul leading up to Sunday night's finale. Read More...


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