harry lennix (man of steel)

Harry Lennix as General Swanwick in ‘Man of Steel’

*The new Superman film is almost in theaters, and it features one hell of a cast.

Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” features Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/ Superman, the villainous General Zod, played by Michael Shannon, Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Russell Crowe, Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Laurence Fishburne as her editor-in-chief, Perry White.

With a screenplay written by David Goyer, Clark Kent is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race.

Also included in the cast are Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy, and Harry Lennix as U.S. military man General Swanwick.

The veteran actor is no stranger to large cinematic productions. He played an intricate role in the final two installments of the Matrix series, and he was also in Robert Townsend’s “Five Heartbeats” and Spike Lee’s “Get on the Bus.”

During an interview with Blackfilm.com, Lennix talked about his character, working with Zack Snyder, and being a big fan of Superman.

How would describe General Swanwick?
Harry Lennix: He is a company man and by-the-books general. He wants to play by the rules. He wants to do everything accordingly, but this is a highly unusual circumstance, and the rules don’t apply here. He finds himself adapting to the contingency as oppose to following protocol. At best, I would say he’s a straight arrow.

Having played authority figures before, what makes this role different?
HL: Superman makes the difference. The fact is that there is no other figure in all of the superhero kingdom that is close to Superman. The characters can be somewhat similar but the circumstances are different. For example, when I was in ‘The Matrix’ films, my character didn’t interact with Neo, so I didn’t have that exchange. In this film, I get to do so with Superman. I think that in itself makes it different than the other authority figures I’ve played.

How was working with Zack, Henry, and Amy?
HL: Zack is great. He’s a guy who knows what he wants. He knows how to get it. He’s very cool in a sense that I never saw him get ruffled and he’s dealing with all these huge budgetary things. There are a lot of bells and whistles and toys that he got to play with, and I thought he handled that beautifully. He could also talk to you about the nuances of the circumstances of the character. Of course, Amy (Adams) and Henry (Cavill) were perfectly professionals and very, very nice. I enjoyed working with both of them and would love to do it again. They were excellent people.

Were you involved in any of the CGI scenes?
HL: A little bit. I didn’t get to fly around, but when you are interacting with someone who does, then yes, you have to go with it. Basically what you are doing is using your imagination. You have no idea what it’s going to be in the end, but you do have an imagination. You have to help the circumstance that is being described.

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