Michael Shannon Talks THE ICEMAN, Walking the Line Between Fact and Fiction, MAN OF STEEL, GROUNDHOG DAY, His Preparation Process, and More

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Opening this weekend, in limited release, is director/co-writer Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman.  The drama is based on the book by Anthony Bruno that chronicles the life of Richard Kuklinski (played by Michael Shannon), a professional hitman who kept his work secret from his family.  The contract killer received the nickname “The Iceman” because he froze the bodies of his victims in order to disguise their time of death and throw the authorities off track.  The film also stars Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, Winona Ryder, Robert Davi, and Danny Abeckaser.  For more on The Iceman, watch the trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Michael Shannon.  We talked about the way he prepares for a role, making The Iceman, the balance between Hollywood-izing the subject matter versus also telling the real story, whether he still has to audition, and so much more.  In addition, he also talked about playing General Zod in Man of Steel, Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones, other future projects, losing his anonymity, and we even talked about his early work playing a Wrestlemania fan in Groundhog Day!  Hit the jump to either read or listen to what he had to say.

Toy Fair 2013: MAN OF STEEL Figures for Superman, Jor-El, General Zod, and Faora

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While director Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. have done a great job keeping most of the secrets for Man of Steel, one thing was always going to be a problem they couldn’t avoid: merchandizing.  No matter what a studio does to keep everything under wraps, once the toys start to be displayed, everything is quickly revealed.  And today is no different.

Thanks to Toy Fair opening their doors in New York City this morning, we’ve gotten some great new looks at the costumes for Superman (Henry Cavill), Jor-El (Russell Crowe), General Zod (Michael Shannon), and Faora (Antje Traue).   While we previous posted toy images of General Zod and Jor-El, they were the smaller action figures and the ones today are 1:6 scale statue’s, which feature more detail.   Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  Man of Steel opens in 3D on June 14th.

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