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“Man Of Steel” star Michael Shannon talks General Zod, fighting with Jor-El and making people kneel

“Man Of Steel” star Michael Shannon talks General Zod, fighting with Jor-El and making people kneel (photo)

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Michael Shannon might have been on the set of “Man of Steel” for several months now, but he hasn’t had much time in front of the camera with the film’s lead Henry Cavill. Still, the “Boardwalk Empire” star admitted in a recent interview promoting “Take Shelter” than he thinks Cavill will make a great Man of Steel.

“He seems very appropriate for the part, he’s a big fella and he’s very handsome and charming, so it’s certainly understandable why they cast him,” he told Digital Spy of the Brit.

But when they asked if they thing Cavill will be a better superhero than Christopher Reeve, Shannon couldn’t give the gossip site that vote of confidence. “I’ll always have a soft spot for Christopher Reeve because he’s the original,” he said.

The one actor Shannon has filmed a couple of scenes with is Russell Crowe, who plays Superman’s biological father Jor-El in the movie. Crowe posted an update about the scene on Twitter, and Shannon confirmed that the duo are buddies in real life even if they won’t be on the big screen.

“Me and Russell, we get along real well, actually. He’s a real nice fella,” Shannon said.
“We worked on it for a long time, we rehearsed it for a long time, then you shoot it and it’s done. It’s kind of strange to put all this work into something that’s going to be maybe a minute long [on film]. If you’re going to fight with someone, he’s a good fella to fight with. He knows what he’s doing.”

There is still a decent amount of “Man of Steel” to keep filming, but one scene that Shannon doesn’t think is going to make the cut is a retake of the classic “kneel before Zod” scene in the 1978 original.

“There’s not a sure thing that there’ll be any kneeling in the film,” he told Empire. “It’s not a dead issue, but it’s not a certainty. Maybe I’ll make people stay on their tippy toes, just to change it up. ‘Stand on your tippy toes before Zod!’ Yeah.”

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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