Michael Shannon Tells the Trippy Story of His ‘Superman’ Casting

I’ve interviewed a lot of actors in my day, and one of my go-to questions is always, “Who did you screw to get this part?” I don’t exactly word it like that, of course, but it invariably leads to answers involving agents, phone calls, directors, video cameras, uncertainty, and eventually, elation. (For the most part, no actual screwing.) Following his inspired casting as the villain General Zod in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, Michael Shannon jumped to the top of the list of actors I want to pose this question to, but it turns out I didn’t even have to ask — and the answer is so awesome.

Shannon was at the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, NC the other day, and during a live Q&A he offered up this retelling of the events that led to his casting. They involve the Rose Bowl, hummingbirds, acid, a rogue AC, and a face-to-face with Superman himself, Henry Cavill. Bonus: It’s all told in Shannon’s rather surprising Looney-Tunes-meets-Chicago-paperboy voice. Video below.

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