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Published On: Sat, Jun 1st, 2013

Michael Shannon still can’t believe he’s General Zod in ‘Man of Steel,’ saying the film is ‘really special’

While promoting the overseas release of Iceman, Michael Shannon discussed his role of Zod, the upcoming film Man of Steel and letting it all sink in.

Talking with The Independent Shannon still can’t believe he’s part of a Superman film.

“It’s a nice feather in my cap, for sure. It’s not anything I ever imagined I would be a part of and I’m still trying to process it really,” he said.

Michael Shannon Zod photo Man of Steel“When I started acting, I never thought I would be in a Superman movie so it’s pretty neat. I did some big blockbusters before, but never this prominent a role.”

The Boardwalk Empire star confirmed he had no hesitation at taking the role.

“I can’t fathom how people would say no to Man Of Steel. I thought they were pulling my leg… Then I got on set, and realized they were serious. I had no qualms about doing it. I loved it. It was a blast.”

Michael Shannon is General Zod, the key cast for ‘Man of Steel’ includes Henry Cavill in the dual role of Superman/Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner as Superman/Clarke’s adoptive father Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane as Superman/Clarke’s adoptive mother Martha Kent, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Ayelet Zurer as Superman’s Kryptonian mother Lara Lor-Van, Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick, Michael Kelly as Steve Lombard, Richard Shiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton, and Russell Crowe as Jor-El; Superman’s Kryptonian father.

Shannon concluded with praise of the final product, “I don’t think Zack has anything to worry about. I got to see it and I’m really bowled over by what he did. I think it’s really special,” he said.

Man of Steel opens June 14.

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