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Michael Shannon Sings ‘Russians’ by Sting on ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’

He is the gift that keeps on giving.

Michael Shannon Nocturnal Animals

Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals”

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Michael Shannon, two-time Academy Award nominee and occasional internet meme, has given us yet another reminder of the singular quality that makes him Michael Shannon. The “Nocturnal Animals” actor (who received an Oscar nomination for his role) was on “The Tonight Show” last night, treating host Jimmy Fallon and everyone in attendance with a rendition of Sting’s “Russians.” Watch below.

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Perhaps coincidentally, Sting was also in attendance at the Oscars a few nights ago, where he was nominated for his song “The Empty Chair.” Shannon’s impromptu performance was preceded by some of Shannon’s trademark humor — asked about his hobbies, the two-time Oscar nominee professes an affinity for taxidermy and skeeball. “I like a challenge,” Shannon said before belting the tune. Some relevant lyrics:

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“In Europe and America there’s a growing feeling of hysteria

Conditioned to respond to all the threats

In the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets

Mister Krushchev said, ‘We will bury you’

I don’t subscribe to this point of view

It’d be such an ignorant thing to do”

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