Michael Shannon's shopping surprise

September 22nd, 2011

Michael Shannon was shopping for cookies when he found he was playing General Zod in 'Man of Steel'

The actor had screen-tested with forthcoming Superman Henry Cavill prior to being offered the role, but had to wait some time to hear back from director Zack Snyder about the part, only finding out when he was buying baked goods at a store.

He said: "I did a test with Henry Cavill and we did a scene together. That was intense and my palms started sweating a little bit. After the test, a couple of weeks went by and I was at the grocery store with my family when my phone rang.

"It was a private number and I didn't even know who it was. I answered it and he says, 'Hey, this is Zack. Want to be General Zod?' I was like, 'Yeah. Let me just get these cookies over here. Who is this again?' The whole thing was a real trip."

Michael is currently shooting the film - which is due out in 2013 - and he admits he has been surprised at the level of interest people are showing in it.

He told Collider.com: "It is surprising that people are snapping photos and stuff and then putting them on the internet. For me, it is like, 'Why would you want to do that?'

"It would be like knowing what your Christmas presents were before Christmas morning. It is taking all of the fun out of it. I know it is a long wait."