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Michael Shannon speaks candidly about getting the part of General Zod in Man of Steel

04.12.2011

Apart from being a really great actor, I realized that what I also like about Michael Shannon - just yesterday confirmed as villain General Zod in Zack Snyder's MAN OF STEEL - is his aloof, "I don't give a f*ck" manner of being. Some people say he's a little unhinged, but I say he's just being real. It's that attitude and that sort of toughness, however, that certainly does come bursting through in his best performances. It's that certain something that makes him a scary on screen presence. Which is great, and the very reason I think Shannon is going to kill as Zod.

Fortunately for us, /Film came across a video clip of Shannon speaking at the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where we can see all that awesome Shannon-ness for ourselves. Here, the actor talks about how he came about getting the role, the process, and all that good movie stuff. Check it!

MAN OF STEEL - starring Shannon, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, and Kevin Costner - is currently scheduled for a December 2012 release.

Extra Tidbit: Check out William Friedkin's BUG for an absolutely terrific Shannon performance.
Source: /Film

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1:46AM on 04/14/2011
Great! We're going to have Zod with a Lisp!
Great! We're going to have Zod with a Lisp!
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11:00PM on 04/12/2011
i don't care if this turns into the next BB. i have absolutley no interest in a superman movie with Zod. Call me when Darkseid or Lobo makes an appearance.
i don't care if this turns into the next BB. i have absolutley no interest in a superman movie with Zod. Call me when Darkseid or Lobo makes an appearance.
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4:58AM on 04/13/2011
I don't mind Zod... But I want a REAL Darkseid movie... More importantly a DoomsDay movie.
I don't mind Zod... But I want a REAL Darkseid movie... More importantly a DoomsDay movie.
5:21PM on 04/12/2011
This might end up being good, but frankly I'm tired of seeing Zod and Luthor in the film franchise.

New villains please.
This might end up being good, but frankly I'm tired of seeing Zod and Luthor in the film franchise.

New villains please.
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3:44PM on 04/12/2011

SHANNON DESERVES IT

but where's Brandon Routh?

Screw Henry Cavill... ugh. He's probably a good dude and what I've seen from him he's a solid actor - but there was no reason for him to replace Routh.

I'll be waiting for this one on TV because of that.
but where's Brandon Routh?

Screw Henry Cavill... ugh. He's probably a good dude and what I've seen from him he's a solid actor - but there was no reason for him to replace Routh.

I'll be waiting for this one on TV because of that.
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9:08PM on 04/12/2011
sorry didn't know Henry Cavill is the new Christopher Nolan around here.
sorry didn't know Henry Cavill is the new Christopher Nolan around here.
2:11PM on 04/12/2011
Shannon is cool as f**k! He's gonna do a good job in this I know it. Still not big on a Brit playing this part but oh well.
Shannon is cool as f**k! He's gonna do a good job in this I know it. Still not big on a Brit playing this part but oh well.
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1:26PM on 04/12/2011

Acid trip?

I wouldn't mind going on one with him. Trippin' balls with Michael Shannon. For a brief moment, I was kind of bummed that we'd be getting the General Zod treatment again but that all went away as I reminded myself that it was THE Michael Shannon who would be playing such an iconic character. He is certainly going to have fun with this role as well as deliver a captivating performance. THAT, I am sure of. My brother sat next to him on a plane a couple of year's ago and said he was chill as hell
I wouldn't mind going on one with him. Trippin' balls with Michael Shannon. For a brief moment, I was kind of bummed that we'd be getting the General Zod treatment again but that all went away as I reminded myself that it was THE Michael Shannon who would be playing such an iconic character. He is certainly going to have fun with this role as well as deliver a captivating performance. THAT, I am sure of. My brother sat next to him on a plane a couple of year's ago and said he was chill as hell and didn't mind talking.
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11:12AM on 04/12/2011

Can't wait to hear him say...

These humans are beginning to bore me.
These humans are beginning to bore me.
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11:04AM on 04/12/2011
This is great casting! Can't wait!
This is great casting! Can't wait!
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9:50AM on 04/12/2011
I like his laid back approach. I could be wrong but comes off as a guy you can just sit and shoot the shit with about stuff that us everyday people can relate too.
I like his laid back approach. I could be wrong but comes off as a guy you can just sit and shoot the shit with about stuff that us everyday people can relate too.
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9:05AM on 04/12/2011
Boardwalk Empire. Check it out & all doubt should pass . . .
Boardwalk Empire. Check it out & all doubt should pass . . .
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8:19AM on 04/12/2011
Having Shannon as General Zod is great casting.

I am just still shocked how Snyder and us fans are getting such a great actor for such an iconic role in the new Superman movie.
Having Shannon as General Zod is great casting.

I am just still shocked how Snyder and us fans are getting such a great actor for such an iconic role in the new Superman movie.
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6:27AM on 04/12/2011
I already knew he was a great actor but after that he also seems like a really cool guy. I wish him all the best as General Zod.
I already knew he was a great actor but after that he also seems like a really cool guy. I wish him all the best as General Zod.
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4:46AM on 04/12/2011

Nice interview

Besides being a top actor he's a really funny guy. Shannon is now the main reason I'm interested in "Man of Steel"

"Bug" is terrific, easily Friedkin's best work since "To Live and Die in LA"
Besides being a top actor he's a really funny guy. Shannon is now the main reason I'm interested in "Man of Steel"

"Bug" is terrific, easily Friedkin's best work since "To Live and Die in LA"
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3:46PM on 04/12/2011
Bug was a near mess of a movie, but Shannon's performance was great.
Bug was a near mess of a movie, but Shannon's performance was great.
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