Michael Shannon On Preparing For General Zod In MAN OF STEEL
Courtesy of Warner Bros., CBM has a studio interview with actor Michael Shannon who portrays General Zod in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. Visit our Superman section for all the latest news on the massive remake.
"To follow Terence Stamp's iconic performance in the original, it is a [daunting] but I just focused on one day at a time. It's interesting that when we started with this, we did a lot of training together and I think that kind of helped loosen things up a little bit. It is a very physical movie at the end of the day. That's a good way to find your way 'into it' [as an actor].
I don't know if Zod is misunderstood or just 'not understood.' It's all a matter of perspective, like if you're an Earthling you're not going to like General Zod very much because he's basically willing to wipe you out in order to save his people. But if you're a Kryptonian you're probably like, 'Wow, that General Zod, he sure is doing the best he can.' It's all a matter of perspective.
One of my favorite sequences to shoot was when I'm explaining to [Henry Cavill's Superman] what's happened [to Krypton] and telling him how much I want him to be apart of our mission, it was surprising how emotional it was. It's not what you expect I think from a movie like this."
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MAN OF STEEL: "The Battle Of Smallville"
Running Time: 2 hrs 23 min
Release Date: 14 June 2013 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner,Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni, Richard Schiff, Harry Lennix
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by: Christopher Nolan (story), David S. Goyer screenplay)
"Man of Steel follows the Last Son of Krypton on his epic journey to become mankind's shinning beacon of hope for a brighter future. With the beliefs and values instilled by his adoptive parents Jonathan (Kevin Costner) and Martha (Diane Lane) Kent, a young Clark (Henry Cavill) sets out to find his place in the world. But when the nefarious General Zodd (Michael Shannon) arrives on Earth, Clark will have to choose between being a normal human or Kal-el,son of Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and humanity's greatest protector and champion. Filmed in IMAX and shot in Vancouver, Chicago and Plano, Illinois, Man of Steel will be released on June 14, 2013 by Warner Bros. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) with a screenplay by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) the Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Rises, Inception) produced feature film will surely be the summer blockbuster of 2013."
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