Michael Shannon: CGI made filming Man of Steel easier

December 5th, 2011

Michael Shannon is delighted he can rely on CGI in the new 'Superman' movie.

The Oscar-nominated actor plays General Zod in director Zack Snyder's upcoming comic book adaptation 'Man of Steel' and revealed he is thrilled he doesn't have to undertake all of the dangerous stunts himself thanks to the magic of computer generated imagery.

Speaking about Terence Stamp, who previously played the villain in 'Superman' in 1978, he told The Province.com: "Unfortunately for Mr. Stamp, they didn't have CGI back then. I'm being spared a lot of drudgery that he had to endure. From time to time I'm in a harness, but I don't think anywhere near as much as he was. It's no secret that a lot of the film is going to be assisted by computer designed animation."

While he is a fan of CGI, Michael admitted it can be "frustrating" to work with a green screen.

He said: "I guess it can be frustrating not having those tactile elements around you, being surrounded by the green but you're always trying to tell a story and be honest and you use your imagination regardless of whether there's a set or not."