EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Michael Shannon Talks Playing General Zod in 'Man of Steel'

Saturday, 20 April 2013 16:00
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Opening in theaters on June 14th is the highly anticipated reboot of the Superman franchise entitled Man of Steel, which was helmed by Visionary director Zack Snyder (Watchmen). The new film was produced by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), and based on a story he developed with screenwriter David S. Goyer (Batman Begins), who wrote the script. The new movie features an all-star cast that includes Henry Cavill (Immortals) as Clark Kent/Superman, Academy Award-nominees Amy Adams (The Fighter) as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne (What’s Love Got to Do With It) as Perry White, Diane Lane (Unfaithful) as Martha Kent, and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) as General Zod, as well as Emmy Award-winner Richard Schiff (TV’s The West Wing) as Dr. Emil Hamilton, and Academy Award-winners Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves) as Jonathan Kent, and Russell Crowe (Gladiator) as Jor-El.

IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down with Michael Shannon to talk about Man of Steel while the actor was doing press for The Iceman, which opens in theaters on May 3rd. The Academy-award nominee discussed his role as General Zod in Man of Steel, that his accent will be different than Terence Stamp's in Superman and Superman II, his approach to the role, why he didn't portray Zod as a villain, and comparisons between his character and General Patton

To watch our exclusive video interview with Michael Shannon about playing General Zod in Man of Steel, please click on the video player above. 

If you don't have time to watch the exclusive video interview, you can read what Michael Shannon had to say about playing General Zod in Man of Steel right here:

IAR: How is you interpretation of General Zod in Man of Steel going to be different than what we've seen of the character in previous films, on television, or in comic books?

Michael Shannon: I don't know. I mean I'm no Terence Stamp, that goes without saying. I don't have the same accent he had. I just approached it as ... to me the key way into the character was that I'm playing a general. So what is a general? I didn't think, oh, I'm playing the villain, or the bad guy, or the killer, or whatever. I was like, I'm a general. There are a lot of generals that you can study and try to figure out what that experience is like. Because a general actually in theory is not an evil person. We have a lot of Generals here in the United States. They are capable of great violence and destruction, but it's usually in the name of their patriotic cause. Zod is a patriot in the same way that General Patton was a patriot. That was kind of the way I looked at it. 


A young journalist (Cavill) raised by his adoptive parents (Lane and Costner) after he was transported to Earth in infancy from the dying planet of Krypton finds himself in the position to save humankind after Earth is attacked. 

Man of Steel opens in theaters on June 14th.

To watch our exclusive video interview with screenwriter David S. Goyer about Man of SteelGodzillaThe Invisible Man, and the legacy of Blade, please click here.

To read our exclusive interview with Richard Schiff about Man of Steel, please click here.

To watch what our exclusive 2011 Comic-Con video interview with Henry Cavill about Man of Steel, please click here.

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