Christopher Reeve Called Playing Superman a “Calculated Risk”
The deeply beloved actor and humanitarian was born on this day in 1952.
“A lot of them said, ‘That is it, boy. Down the drain. Bye-bye. It’s boots forever. Take it while you can.’ But they hadn’t read the material. And I took the gamble that the material was actually straight enough and classy enough that I could get away with it,” Reeve said. “So it was a calculated risk that actually accelerated the pace of my career. If I hadn’t done that part — it’s like the difference between taking Route 1 and I-95, the Connecticut turnpike. I just got here faster. It doesn’t mean I am any better than I was. I’m still that same actor I’ve always been. I’m just a little more noticed.”
Reeve would play Superman in four films over the span of a decade. He noted in other interviews that he never felt typecast due to the role and made sure to take an assortment of projects because he was a serious, versatile actor.Watch the full interview below.Read more: Hollywood Reporter »
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