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Michael Shannon and Ramin Bahrani on How Shannon Improvised His Last Line in 99 Homes

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In Ramin Bahrani’s new movie 99 Homes, Michael Shannon delivers one of his most frightening performances yet as a real estate shark who preys on a construction worker (Andrew Garfield) and his mother (Laura Dern) in the midst of the 2007 to 2009 housing crisis. We sat down with Bahrani and Shannon at the Sundance Film Festival this week to discuss how they drew upon Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko and why Bahrani dedicated the movie to Roger Ebert.

In our last video segment from the interview, Bahrani and Shannon talk about how Shannon improvised his last line for the movie’s closing scene.

Interview booked by Raquel Bruno. Executive produced by Ayana Morali.