Jeff Labrecque
April 12, 2011 AT 02:26 PM EDT

Joan Marcus

There was a General Zod sighting in North Carolina last night. Michael Shannon, the Oscar-nominated actor (Revolutionary Road) who’s been cast as Superman’s nemesis in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel reboot, was honored with an Emerging Master Award at the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem. He shared his surreal first encounter with Snyder and described his audition where Snyder had to ask Shannon to play Zod a little more friendly towards Henry Cavill’s hero. Take a look.

Wouldn’t it be great if Snyder lets Shannon’s Zod keep the actor’s own accent?

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