Winfield resident Bob Adams earlier this month brought two longtime friends to Wheaton’s Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans that he co-founded—friends who happen to be stage and silver-screen actors, including “Man of Steel” and “Boardwalk Empire” star Michael Shannon, the Daily Herald reports.
According to the paper, Adams, 65, a Vietnam veteran, has provided consulting about portraying a vet to both Shannon and journeyman actor Guy Van Swearingen, and Swearingen (also a Chicago Fire Department lieutenant) has produced Adams’ play “Place of Angels” to benefit the shelter. (Swearingen and Shannon are currently performing in “Simpatico” at Chicago’s Red Orchid Theatre, which they co-founded.)
"It's pretty overwhelming to walk around and see this beautiful sanctuary for these people who have suffered so much," the Academy Award Shannon told the paper. "You see people on the streets and they're like turtles without shells. So vulnerable, and they need help so much. And Bob's helping them. It's a pretty special thing."
"You never know how life will go, but I don't imagine I would be where I am today and doing what I do today" if not for the arts, Adams added to the paper. "I really feel like both of these men were instrumental in moving the concept, moving me back into the veterans community."