I also do want to talk about your working with Zack Snyder, because the thing is, he is primarily known as a visual director. He’s known for his style, but what is he like to work with as an actor, kind of collaborating with him and getting into the character and going scene by scene?

Well, he gets right in there with you. I mean, he doesn’t ask you to think about anything that he hasn’t already thought of himself. The characters are a mystery that you’re trying to solve together, and he’s a real collaborator. I mean, he’s very inquisitive and he wants to know, you know, he wants to know your approach and why you think whatever is happening in any particular scene is happening and why you think... He’s just constantly asking you interesting questions.

Like what?

Well, you know, it’s hard to say. In a scene, like in the beginning, when I’m on Krypton and I’m talking to the council, you know, it wasn’t about, “Oh just come in and be a badass.” It was about the history of the struggle and my history with these people and having a specific relationship with each one of them, a history with each one of them and then the relationship between Zod and Jor-El, which is a very fascinating relationship, I mean, if you think about it, these two are friends and the evolution of that relationship, but it wasn’t like, Zack didn’t direct with a stylistic approach, like, “Oh, I want this scene to sound like this or look like that. I want you to act like this or act like that.” It was a very grounded approach about, these are real people and we want to see what’s happening to them.

And you mentioned that it was a collaborative process. What kind of stuff did you personally inject into the Zod character?

It’s hard to put a name on it. I mean I, it’s hard to put a name on that, it’s kind of nameless. It’s not like, I mean, the character came from my imagination, from my subconscious, you know. I mean, I guess, more than anything, I just brought my concentration to it. I thought about it a lot and I took it seriously. I took it as seriously as I would take any other acting job I’ve done, even though it’s ostensibly a comic book movie, I never approached it like it was a comic book movie. I approached it as seriously as I would approach a movie with Jeff Nichols or any other project I work on.

I think that’s incredibly interesting point, because the superhero genre is growing at a fast rate, more and more talented actors like yourself are becoming a part of it. How do you perceive that tide as changing?

Well, I don’t think it behooves anybody to look down on it. I mean, these are the most popular films being made right now and they’re not going anywhere, you know? So, rather than turn your back on them, why not try and make them even stronger or incorporate real thought-provoking, resonant content into them, which I feel like Man of Steel can provide a variety of different experiences. If you just want to have a thrill ride, it’s in there. If you want to be more contemplative and kind of ruminate about certain things going on in the universe, you can do that too.

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