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Shannon: People are scared of me

Michael Shannon has revealed that people can be apprehensive of him - but are disappointed when they finally meet him.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who portrays true-life killer Richard Kuklinski in The Iceman, admitted that his 6ft 3in stature and intense gaze tend to give off a scary air.

"Apparently people are scared of me. But they don't tell me, and I don't feel scary," joked the father-of-one.

"I guess they're a little let down when they meet me because they're not scared."

Michael, who is best known for playing Federal Prohibition Agent Nelson Van Alden in Prohibition-era series Boardwalk Empire and John Givings in Sam Mendes's Revolutionary Road, revealed he's actually quite shy in real life.

"I was very shy when I was a kid. One of the reasons I started acting was because I get to escape into some other person. If you're uncomfortable with yourself, you can be someone else."

Since his big-screen debut in Groundhog Day in 1993, the 38-year-old - who will next star as General Zod in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot Man Of Steel - has done movies such as Pearl Harbor, Take Shelter and Mud. He insisted he'd be up for more light-hearted fare in the future.

"If you look at most of what I've done, there tends to be humour dispersed throughout like a little oregano in the soup," he joked.

"It's not like I'm totally joyless. I'm in Bad Boys II, one of the most financially successful comedies ever made, so it's not like I don't do comedy. I don't say no to many things, so as soon as the right part comes I'll say yes."

:: The Iceman opens in cinemas on June 7. Man Of Steel opens in cinemas on June 14.

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