Michael Shannon fundraiser for Kentucky Theatre is cancelled

jkegley@herald-leader.comApril 20, 2013 

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A fundraiser for the Kentucky Theatre featuring Lexington-native actor Michael Shannon has been cancelled due to a change in the actor's schedule.

Shannon was scheduled to headline a fundraising event organized by Friends of the Kentucky Theatre at Portofino restaurant Friday, followed by a screening of his new movie, Mud. The non-profit group is trying to raise $1.5 million for upgrades at the historic theater.

However, he notified the group that HBO had altered his filming schedule for the show Boardwalk Empire, on which he is a recurring character, and he could no longer make it.

"Shannon said he is an ardent fan of the Kentucky Theatre and will continue to look for opportunities to support it," Friends of the Kentucky Theatre said in a news release.

The ticket price and service charge will be automatically refunded to anyone who bought tickets to the fundraising event, the release said. The screening of Mud will still take place at 8 p.m. Friday.

Shannon's film credits include Revolutionary Road, for which he was nominated for an Oscar as best supporting actor in 2009; Bug with fellow Kentuckian Ashley Judd; and World Trade Center.

This summer, Shannon will portray comic book villain General Zod in the Superman movie Man of Steel.

Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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