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“Man of Steel” star Michael Shannon talks about his new approach to playing General Zod

“Man of Steel” star Michael Shannon talks about his new approach to playing General Zod (photo)

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Michael Shannon is a lot happier to be wearing a motion capture suit on the set of “Man of Steel” than he is to actually have to wear General Zod’s planned outfit. While the updated retelling of Superman might not involve Zod wearing parachute pants like it did in 1980’s “Superman II,” Shannon’s two Zod costumes stay true to the comic book’s portrayal of the villain.

The “Boardwalk Empire” star chatted recently with Entertainment Weekly and explained that the main outfit he’ll be seen in on the big screen will be computer animated because it would be too big to wear otherwise.

“I actually wore it, I wouldn’t be able to move. It’s a very big…thing,” Shannon admitted. “I actually don’t know what it’s going to look like, I just know that it’s very cumbersome.”

The second outfit is a bit simpler, with “no paisley or anything.” But Shannon acknowledged that his interpretation of Zod is going to be different than Terence Stamp’s portrayal in “Superman II.” It’s just that the two of them will look a lot different from one another.

“I remember Terence Stamp doing it. He was phenomenal. I have to try and figure out a way to do something different,” Shannon said. “The flowy costumes don’t really…that’s not the style nowadays. Everything’s skintight.”

Shannon admitted that he’s not a big comic book reader, but Warner Bros and DC sent him a big tome of DC comic books to brush him up on his Superman knowledge. “It’s got the whole history of DC in it. It’s fascinating, actually. I looked at it with my daughter. She’s really fascinated by it,” he said.

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

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Lane 33: Twins

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Lane 27: Broken Windows

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Lane 69: Filthy Cars

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Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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