Actor Michael Shannon Discusses Fanboys and His Prep For General Zod In Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel

Actor Michael Shannon Discusses Fanboys and His Prep For General Zod In Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel

Actor <em>Michael Shannon</em> Discusses Fanboys and His Prep For <em>General Zod</em> In <em>Zack Snyder's </em><em>Man Of Steel</em>

Michael Shannon is all thumbs-up for fans camping out in bushes and snapping set photos. Plus what he's reading to prepare for his role.

The 37-year old Oscar nominated actor recently sat down with the Toronto Sun to discuss a bevy of items; chief amongst them being his role as General Zod in Man of Steel:

On director Zack Snyder:
Shannon says director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) "makes it a lot of fun. He runs a real loose set no matter how much pressure he might be feeling because of the budget and the expectations ... It's a lot of pressure. People have a lot of expectations."

On fanboys and set photo leaks:
"The thing I've learned about the fanboys is that they don't wait for you to be prepared for anything. They're already in the bushes, snapping photos of us and putting them online and dissecting the whole thing. But I think that kind of enthusiasm is great. It's better than nobody caring. You put all that work into something and everybody yawns or nobody bothers to come to the theatre -- that would be a lot more difficult to deal with."

On what he's reading to prepare for the role of General Zod:
"I'm reading Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs. I'm reading those, trying to see what it's like to wake up everyday in those shoes," he says of the Civil War general and 18th U.S. president.

"For me, (Zod) is a very complex character. He doesn't have horns coming out of his head; he's not breathing fire. He's a citizen of a different civilization. He's from another planet. That's a lot to wrap my head around. And he's a general too. I've done a lot of military-themed work, but I've never been higher than a sergeant, so it's quite a promotion."

Man of Steel is an upcoming American superhero film under the development of Zack Snyder, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer. Based on the DC Comics character Superman, the film will be a reboot of the Superman film series. Using Chicago as a backdrop, and with production to be based in west suburban Plano, the film entered principal photography in August 2011, for a planned theatrical release on June 14, 2013 by Warner Bros., which also includes IMAX venues.

"Clark Kent/Kal-El is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone's imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question - 'Why am I here?' Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha and Jonathan Kent, Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as 'Superman', not only to shine as the world's last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves."

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