Michael Shannon Elaborates On Getting The Role Of Zod And His Screen Test With Henry Cavill!

The actor who will bring the villainous General Zod to the big screen in 2013's Man of Steel talks about his first "surreal" meeting with Zack Snyder and having to perform a "chemistry test" with Henry Cavill...

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By Josh Wilding - 11/19/2011


Talking to Shortlist Magazine (via The Times of India) the Man of Steel star has looked back on his first surprise meeting with director Zack Snyder, calling it one of the "most surreal" experiences of his life. Why? Well, Michael Shannon says that he simply couldn't understand why Snyder was offering him such a role. "It was one of the most surreal experiences of my life because I was against this panoramic window, looking out on these beautiful hills, rose bushes and hummingbirds while Zack was saying, 'And then, on Krypton, this happens.'"

"By the end, I was kind of confused. I was like, 'Is this an offer or not?' We shook hands and he said he wanted me as Zod," he added. "I was thinking, 'There's something wrong here. This is one of the largest films around. I'm not Robert De Niro - I don't understand why this is being plonked on my lap.'"

Things somehow got even more surreal for the actor when he found out that he wouldn't actually get the role until appearing in a "chemistry test" alongside Henry Cavill - who as I'm sure you already know is playing Superman - which left him more than a little baffled. "Warner Bros said they needed to see me and Henry together first. They called it a 'Chemistry Test'. I was like, 'What, do Zod and Superman make out? You want to see if any sparks fly?'"

STARRING:

Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman
Amy Adams as Lois Lane
Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent
Diane Lane as Martha Kent
Michael Shannon as Zod

RELEASE DATE: June 14th, 2013.





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Theamazingbatman - 11/19/2011, 3:52 AM
THIS is old news.I saw this interview a month ago.
ComicBuzz - 11/19/2011, 3:57 AM
Yea this is old, not sure if I saw it on here or not though!
JosephKing - 11/19/2011, 4:10 AM
Simple logic:

Michael Shannon, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams are promoting their new movies.

A lot of interviews, a lot of (repeated) questions about Man of Steel, a lot of old/not-so-cool information for us. Maybe some good stuff, though.
Nemeres - 11/19/2011, 7:27 AM
It is old news, but it's a new interview. For the reader's benefit, t's got the new "do Zod and Supes make out?" joke. Totally worth it.
QuietStorm - 11/19/2011, 8:53 AM
He was a scene stealer in Bad Boys 2. It's been kinda cool ever since then to watch him change as an actor and see his roles grow larger. When i see him in Boardwalk Empire i think, Hey thats the kid who hopped out of trunk with his ear blown off screaming, "IVE GOT MY RIGHTS!!!" hahaha
Dev7 - 11/19/2011, 9:07 AM
I suspect we'll get some Amy Adams interviews soon talking about MOS with her new Muppets movie being released.
jaysin420 - 11/19/2011, 10:02 AM
I guess he doesn't watch Boardwalk Empire? lol

Agent Van Alden is like the creepiest, most intimidating character I've ever seen in my life.

He's going to own Zod, Ledger-style.
JULEZ13 - 11/19/2011, 2:52 PM
LMFAO at the last lines on his quote. This movie can't be released fast enough. I'm afraid of my reaction when the first trailer hits. I'm gonna go crazy.
thewolfx - 11/19/2011, 4:25 PM
the teaser better blow me the [frick] away

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