Re: Superman (casting, rumors, pix till release)
Michael Shannon small interview
OG: What can you tell us about the scale of ďMan of SteelĒ?
MS: Itís unlike anything Iíve ever done. Itís massive sets. Itís literally another world. Itís the first time Iíve acted on another planet.
OG: What is it like acting on a set like that?
MS: As much green screen as there is and Iím sure will be, theyíre actually building a lot of the sets as well. I had thought it was just going to be green screens everywhere and we would just be pretending everything. Thereís quite a bit of detail theyíre building and putting into it. Itís very helpful. The less green screen, the better ó I donít think youíd be able to find an actor on Earth who wouldnít have that sentiment.
OG: What drew you to the film?
MS: This is one of the biggest stories of all time: the Superman story. Its prevalence is enormous. And I remember watching the original films ó the [Richard] Donner films, and Terence Stamp in the role [of Zod], and the three Kryptonians ó it scared the crap out of me. It really left an impression on me. Someone asking me to follow in those footsteps seemed like the highest kind of challenge you could have as an actor. And I always like to be challenged.
OG: What can you say about the character of General Zod?
MS: Heís not one of these archetypal villains with horns coming out of his head and breathing fire or something. Heís a man, a Kryptonian man. Heís a general, thatís his main attribute. Thatís the way I approach it: playing a general. Iíve done military parts before, but Iíve only been up to sergeant, so this is a big promotion.