2011 Movie News Archives

September 27, 2011: Michael Shannon Talks Zod and "Man of Steel" Script

Michael Shannon BlackBookMag.com has published an interview with actor Michael Shannon, where he talks about the "Man of Steel" script and compares his character in "Boardwalk Empire" to how he's approaching Zod.

    For something like Man of Steel, if that script was mediocre, would you have still done it just because it's Superman?

    I would still want the script to be ready to go. One of the main things on that is that Chris Nolan and David Goyer were in there writing the script, and those guys know what they're doing. It can't just be because it's Superman. There's no promises anybody's going to automatically love the movie just because it's Superman. There still has to be quality in all aspects of it. And yeah, I felt very confident making the decision to be involved because of the script, and because of Zach's work as well.

    How do you go from playing someone like Donnie who's so grounded in reality to someone like General Zod who's obviously a complete fabrication? Is it the same kind of approach as an actor?

    Yeah, because it ultimately comes down to the imagination. Even if you're playing a real person or someone from a walk of life you may be able to identify with, there's always an aspect that's left up to the imagination. Like I was saying earlier with a lot of things that Donnie's done that I've never done. I've never robbed a crack house, I've never even picked up a hitchhiker, and I've also never had a conversion experience, or shot up heroin. But even though those things are grounded in Earth reality, it doesn't mean that I necessarily have all the information without using my imagination.

Read the complete interview at BlackBookMag.com.

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