The Shape of Water's Michael Shannon is a bonafide free spirit, prone to manic outbursts and irreverent roles in intensely unsettling movies like Bug, Take Shelter, and Midnight Special.
But his latest performance, captured and observed the night before Guillermo del Toro's period-set creature feature gobbled up two coveted prizes at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards, is one for the ages ... or at least the first month of the new year.
It all went down while the iconoclastic actor attended an honorary event in Chicago Saturday evening celebrating David Bowie's Berlin trilogy, which also marked what would have been the mercurial musician's 71st birthday on Jan. 8.
The three experimentally ambitious Berlin albums, consisting of Low (1977), Heroes (1977), and Lodger (1979), were released consecutively while Bowie lived in West Berlin during the late '70s.
As you can see above, Shannon took to the stage with the Bowie cover band Sons of the Silent Age, sans shirt and shoes, to reveal his inspired impression of legendary punk rocker Iggy Pop. It was one of the soaring highlights of the night-long tribute to the life and legacy of Bowie, perfectly punctuated by Shannon's dead-on spotlight set.
Watch Shannon wail and writhe while belting out "Lust for Life," which Bowie produced, and tell us if you think this looks like more fun than the Golden Globes!