Michael Shannon felt 'ridiculous' shooting Man of Steel

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 June 2013
Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon admits he had to be reassured by director Zack Snyder while shooting new Superman movie 'Man of Steel' that the final film would be "badass"

Michael Shannon felt "ridiculous" shooting 'Man of Steel' in a motion capture suit.

The actor stars as Kryptonian General Zod in the upcoming Superman reboot and he admits he initially struggled with the amount of CGI (computer-generated imagery) required in the filming process, which included his entire costume being added after shooting had wrapped.

He said: "Literally the first short I did, I was supposed to be coming out of a spaceship, which was basically some wooden stairs they'd built and painted neon green. I walked down them in my unitard, acting like I'm General Zod.

"After the take I walked over to the monitor and Zack [Snyder, the director] was sitting there, and I watched it back and smirked.

"Zack said, 'What's wrong?', and I said, 'That's one of the most ridiculous things I've ever seen in my life.' "

However, Zack was able to convince Michael of how grand and "badass" the final shot would look once the effects were added - although it didn't ease Shannon's initial apprehension.

He added to The Guardian newspaper: "Zack's like, 'Yeah, but two years from now, it's gonna be one of the most badass things you've ever seen in your life.' And it is. But it takes a lot of faith, because the first day you're there and you wanna go home and cry, because you just think no-one's ever gonna take this seriously."

'Man of Steel' also stars Henry Cavill as the DC Comics superhero, Russell Crowe as Jor-El and Amy Adams as Lois Lane and hits cinemas this week.

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