Michael Shannon Says Ezra Miller Is In A Horrible Situation

Michael Shannon says he gives Ezra Miller "a lot of slack."

By Zack Zagranis | Updated

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Michael Shannon has a lot more compassion than his DCU alter-ego General Zod. During a recent Vanity Fair interview, the 48-year-old actor discussed Flash co-star Ezra Miller and the sympathy he has for their situation. “I always give people a lot of slack in this business because there’s a lot of people in this business that have issues,” Shannon said regarding the turmoil in Miller’s personal life.

While Michael Shannon confessed to Vanity Fair that he was only on the Flash set for a brief time, it was long enough for Ezra Miller to make an impression on him. “I was in and out of there in a couple of weeks,” Shannon told the magazine, “I thought Ezra was lovely—very kind to me when I was there.”

The Kentucky native refrained from giving any sort of opinion about Ezra’s alleged crimes but instead focused on Miller’s lack of privacy while dealing with their inner demons as a public figure. “Any time somebody is out in the spotlight getting picked on, I feel for them,” Shannon said before adding, “Even if it’s warranted, it’s still a horrible situation.”

Michael Shannon was diplomatic enough not to go into any details about just what Ezra Miller was dealing with when he acted alongside them. Regardless, Ezra’s public mistakes have been well documented online. The Flash star has been accused of everything from leading a cult to assault to grooming children.

Given his compassion for Ezra, Michael Shannon will be no doubt be pleased to know that the 30-year-old actor is taking steps to address their problems. When asked about Ezra Miller during a Q&A for Entertainment Weekly, Flash director Andy Muschietti said, “They’re taking the steps to recovery,” before adding, “They’re dealing with mental health issues.” Muschietti also remarked that Miller was “Very committed to getting better.”

Michael Shannon discussed more than Ezra Miller in the interview. The Star also talked with Vanity Fair about his most recent series, George & Tammy, about the relationship between country music legends George Jones and Tammy Wynette, as well as his confusion about Zod returning in The Flash.

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Michael Shannon as Zod in Man of Steel (2013)

 “I was like, Didn’t I die at the end of Man of Steel?” the actor says he asked Andy Mushietti. Michael Shannon initially wondered if his character would be a zombie or some other kind of undead monster before Mushietti presumably explained the concept of a multiverse to him. The actor also explained that he only took the role after first getting Zack Snyder‘s blessing to do so.

The actor expressed his love and admiration for Snyder and admitted that all the controversy surrounding Justice League really upset him. Again showing how fair-minded he can be, Michael Shannon made sure to add that there are two sides to every story and that not having all the facts means that he shouldn’t form too strong of an opinion about the whole situation.

The biggest confession from the actor may have been that sometimes he wonders how much longer he will continue to act. “I don’t know how much longer I can do this.” Michael Shannon told the magazine, “Like how many different people can I be?” Hopefully, for fans of the actor, Shannon doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon.

Michael Shannon will join Ezra Miller onscreen when The Flash comes out on June 23.