Michael Shannon has added his voice to those who have criticized their own roles in superhero franchises.
The actor played General Zod in the DC cinematic universe. He made his debut as a villain in 2013 Man of Steel opposite Henry Cavill as Superman and will reprise it in flash lightstarring Ezra Miller in the lead role.
In a new interview with colliderShannon, 48, admitted that he’s not entirely satisfied with his role in the movie, which premieres June 16.
“I’m not going to lie – as an actor, I’m not very pleased. These multiverse movies are like someone playing with action figures,” Shannon said.
“It was like, ‘This is this person. This is that person. And they’re fighting!’ It’s not quite the character study situation that I really feel Man of Steel used to be.”
Shannon added that flash light is “all about Ezra .” [Miller]” and that his character was “basically there to present a challenge” to the star of the film.
Still, he commended Miller, who has been caught up in some controversy in the run-up to the film’s release, saying: “I think Ezra is lovely – so nice to me while I’m there.
“It’s hard to talk about, but I always give people a lot of delay in this business, because there are a lot of people in this business that have problems. And some people have more privacy than others.”
Shannon is the latest star to speak out against their own superhero roles. In an interview with New Yorkers this month about the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins said: “They put my armor on; they put beards on me. Sit on the throne, scream a little. If you’re sitting in front of a green screen, it’s pointless to act on it.”
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The 85-year-old Welsh actor has played the Norse god Odin in three films in the Thor series starring Chris Hemsworth.
Christian Bale, who plays supervisor Gorr in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), previously said acting in front of a green screen is “the definition of monotony”.
Back in 2014, Idris Elba talked about the difficult transition from playing Nelson Mandela in Mandela: The long road to freedom (2013) as Heimdall in Thor: Dark World.
“In between shots, I was stuck there, wig stuck to my head with glue, this damn helmet, while they reset,” he said. walkie talkie. “And I was thinking: ’24 hours ago, I was Mandela’… Then there I was, in this stupid harness, with this wig, this sword and these contact lenses. It tore my heart out.”
flash light hits theaters on June 16. Read independencethree-star rating of the movie here.