History Creator / ChristopherReeve

7th Aug '16 11:27:03 PM NoxSky12599
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* HorsingAround: Reeves was competing at a horse trial when his horse suddenly stopped one or two strides out from a cross-country jump, catapulting Reeves head-first into the fence. No one knows why the horse stopped--Reeves shouldn't have been riding him if he didn't have confidence in him--but the horse apparently either lacked confidence in himself or had his own ideas as to whether that particular obstacle was safe to jump.

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* HorsingAround: Reeves Reeve was competing at a horse trial when his horse suddenly stopped one or two strides out from a cross-country jump, catapulting Reeves Reeve head-first into the fence. No one knows why the horse stopped--Reeves stopped--Reeve shouldn't have been riding him if he didn't have confidence in him--but the horse apparently either lacked confidence in himself or had his own ideas as to whether that particular obstacle was safe to jump.



* TrueCompanions: He and Creator/RobinWilliams had a very close relationship starting from when they were at Julliard together. While there, they promised each other that whoever made it first would take care of the other. When Reeve had his accident and was about to have a risky surgery that could have killed him, Williams burst into his room pretending to be a Russian doctor and made Reeve laugh for the first time since becoming paralyzed which made Reeve realize that he still had the will to live. Williams was a constant supporter of Reeve, even helping to cover his friend's medical costs, and after both Reeve and Reeve's wife passed away, swore that he would take care of their now-orphaned son.

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* TrueCompanions: He and Creator/RobinWilliams had a very close relationship starting from when they were at Julliard together. While there, they promised each other that whoever made it first would take care of the other. When Reeve had his accident and was about to have a risky surgery that could have killed him, Williams burst into his room pretending to be a Russian doctor proctologist and made Reeve laugh for the first time since becoming paralyzed which made Reeve realize that he still had the will to live. Williams was a constant supporter of Reeve, even helping to cover his friend's medical costs, and after both Reeve and Reeve's wife passed away, swore that he would take care of their now-orphaned son.
24th Jul '16 7:53:37 AM rjd1922
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* DisabledCharacterDisabledActor: After his accident, all of his roles became this by necessity. He was, though, the original inspiration for the creation of the trope page.
* DyeingForYourArt: He trained with David Prowse (the body of Darth Vader in the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy), and dyed his blonde hair black[[note]]his hair in his screen tests was blackened with ''shoe polish''[[/note]] in preparing to play Superman.

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* {{Determinator}}: Vowed that he would walk again and was even able to regain quite a bit of movement and feeling in his body.
* DisabledCharacterDisabledActor: After his accident, all of his roles became this by necessity. He was, though, the original inspiration for the creation of the trope page.
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* DyeingForYourArt: He trained with David Prowse (the body of Darth Vader in the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy), and dyed his blonde hair black[[note]]his hair in his screen tests was blackened with ''shoe polish''[[/note]] in preparing to play Superman.[[invoked]]



* TheDeterminator: Vowed that he would walk again and was even able to regain quite a bit of movement and feeling in his body.
17th Jun '16 6:03:18 AM Movienut376
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** By all accounts, Reeve was wearing the proper gear (helmet, etc) and was riding properly and not showboating or showing off; this was simply a random accident. Which makes it all the more tragic.
10th Apr '16 7:20:33 AM erforce
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After the success of the first two Superman films it appeared that Reeve was poised to become one of Hollywood's next great leading men (Creator/JohnWayne himself reportedly proclaimed him as such), but his career unfortunately proved turbulent with his artistic standards and desire for roles that would help offset any potential Superman typecasting leading him to turn down roles in ''Film/AmericanGigolo'', ''Literature/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'', ''Film/{{Splash}}'', ''Film/FatalAttraction'', ''Film/PrettyWoman'', ''Film/RomancingTheStone'', ''Film/LethalWeapon'' and ''Film/BodyHeat''. Instead he starred in a mixed bag of films like ''Film/SomewhereInTime'', ''Film/StreetSmart'', ''Film/TheRemainsOfTheDay'' and the remake of ''Film/VillageOfTheDamned'', while the ''Superman'' series was gradually misused by the producers who dismissed Donner and replaced him with Creator/RichardLester, who had a fatal contempt for the comics, which drove the franchise into the ground. His villainous role in ''Film/{{Deathtrap}}'' is probably Reeve's best non-Superman performance.

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After the success of the first two Superman films it appeared that Reeve was poised to become one of Hollywood's next great leading men (Creator/JohnWayne himself reportedly proclaimed him as such), but his career unfortunately proved turbulent with his artistic standards and desire for roles that would help offset any potential Superman typecasting leading him to turn down roles in ''Film/AmericanGigolo'', ''Literature/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'', ''Film/{{Splash}}'', ''Film/FatalAttraction'', ''Film/PrettyWoman'', ''Film/RomancingTheStone'', ''Film/LethalWeapon'' and ''Film/BodyHeat''. Instead he starred in a mixed bag of films like ''Film/SomewhereInTime'', ''Film/StreetSmart'', ''Film/TheRemainsOfTheDay'' and the remake of ''Film/VillageOfTheDamned'', ''Film/VillageOfTheDamned1995'', while the ''Superman'' series was gradually misused by the producers who dismissed Donner and replaced him with Creator/RichardLester, who had a fatal contempt for the comics, which drove the franchise into the ground. His villainous role in ''Film/{{Deathtrap}}'' is probably Reeve's best non-Superman performance.
9th Apr '16 6:54:15 PM JustKnown
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* HorsingAround: Reeves was competing at a horse trial when his horst suddenly slammed on the brakes one or two strides out from a cross-country jump, catapulting Reeves head-first into the fence. No one knows why the horse stopped--Reeves shouldn't have been riding him if he didn't have confidence in him--but the horse apparently had his own ideas as to whether that particular obstacle was safe to jump.

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* HorsingAround: Reeves was competing at a horse trial when his horst horse suddenly slammed on the brakes stopped one or two strides out from a cross-country jump, catapulting Reeves head-first into the fence. No one knows why the horse stopped--Reeves shouldn't have been riding him if he didn't have confidence in him--but the horse apparently either lacked confidence in himself or had his own ideas as to whether that particular obstacle was safe to jump.
9th Apr '16 6:52:13 PM JustKnown
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* HorsingAround: Reeves was competing at a horse trial when his horst suddenly slammed on the brakes one or two strides out from a cross-country jump, catapulting Reeves head-first into the fence. No one knows why the horse stopped--Reeves shouldn't have been riding him if he didn't have confidence in him--but the horse apparently had his own ideas as to whether that particular obstacle was safe to jump.
9th Nov '15 6:21:40 AM gallium
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After the success of the first two Superman films it appeared that Reeve was poised to become one of Hollywood's next great leading men (Creator/JohnWayne himself reportedly proclaimed him as such), but his career unfortunately proved turbulent with his artistic standards and desire for roles that would help offset any potential Superman typecasting leading him to turn down roles in ''Film/AmericanGigolo'', ''Literature/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'', ''Film/{{Splash}}'', ''Film/FatalAttraction'', ''Film/PrettyWoman'', ''Film/RomancingTheStone'', ''Film/LethalWeapon'' and ''Film/BodyHeat''. Instead he starred in a mixed bag of films like ''Film/SomewhereInTime'', ''Film/StreetSmart'', ''Film/TheRemainsOfTheDay'' and the remake of ''Film/VillageOfTheDamned'', while the ''Superman'' series was gradually misused by the producers who dismissed Donner and replaced him with Creator/RichardLester, who had a fatal contempt for the comics, which drove the franchise into the ground.

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After the success of the first two Superman films it appeared that Reeve was poised to become one of Hollywood's next great leading men (Creator/JohnWayne himself reportedly proclaimed him as such), but his career unfortunately proved turbulent with his artistic standards and desire for roles that would help offset any potential Superman typecasting leading him to turn down roles in ''Film/AmericanGigolo'', ''Literature/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'', ''Film/{{Splash}}'', ''Film/FatalAttraction'', ''Film/PrettyWoman'', ''Film/RomancingTheStone'', ''Film/LethalWeapon'' and ''Film/BodyHeat''. Instead he starred in a mixed bag of films like ''Film/SomewhereInTime'', ''Film/StreetSmart'', ''Film/TheRemainsOfTheDay'' and the remake of ''Film/VillageOfTheDamned'', while the ''Superman'' series was gradually misused by the producers who dismissed Donner and replaced him with Creator/RichardLester, who had a fatal contempt for the comics, which drove the franchise into the ground.
ground. His villainous role in ''Film/{{Deathtrap}}'' is probably Reeve's best non-Superman performance.
31st Oct '15 10:22:57 AM kchishol
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Even his real life had heroic moments such as when he went to Chile, which was under the murderous tyranny of Augusto Pinochet, to help a group of artists that were under arrest. Later, he appeared in commercials for the 1988 referendum for the "No" side to urge the people to vote to strip the dictator of his power, which can be seen in the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-nominated Chilean film ''Film/{{No}}''.

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Even his real life had heroic moments such as when he went to Chile, which was under the murderous tyranny of Augusto Pinochet, UsefulNotes/AugustoPinochet, to help a group of artists that were under arrest. Later, he appeared in commercials for the 1988 referendum for the "No" side to urge the people to vote to strip the dictator of his power, which can be seen in the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-nominated Chilean film ''Film/{{No}}''.
17th Oct '15 5:13:29 AM kchishol
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His most famous role came after the producers had a frustrating hunt for the SuperHero and Reeve himself was rejected three times before director Creator/RichardDonner and producer Creator/IlyaSalkind finally had a face to face meeting with this unknown actor. At that, he was signed on with an exercise regime supervised by David Prowse (better known to the world as the guy wearing the [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader costume]]). In the film, Reeve proved a more valuable asset than anyone could have guessed with such skill making the world feel that they could believe a man could fly considering he piloted a glider for a hobby and thus knew how to make his flying scenes seem real. Even more amazingly, Reeve showed that ClarkKenting can really seem to work if you are a good enough actor. At that, Reeve instantly eclipsed his top billed co-stars, Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/GeneHackman, as the true star of ''Film/{{Superman}}'' and a leading light of the rise of the modern fantasy film. For instance, after the ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' did their gloriously wacky ''Franchise/StarWars'' episode, the only way to follow up on that classic was to have the other fantasy superstar, Reeve, do the next one.

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His most famous role came after the producers had a frustrating hunt for the SuperHero and Reeve himself was rejected three times before director Creator/RichardDonner and producer Creator/IlyaSalkind finally had a face to face meeting with this unknown actor. At that, he was signed on with an exercise regime supervised by David Prowse (better known to the world as the guy wearing the [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader costume]]). In the film, Reeve proved a more valuable asset than anyone could have guessed with such skill making the world feel that they could believe a man could fly considering he piloted a glider for a hobby and thus knew how to make his flying scenes seem real. Even more amazingly, Reeve showed that ClarkKenting can really seem to work if you are a good enough actor. At that, Reeve instantly eclipsed his top billed co-stars, Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/GeneHackman, as the true star of ''Film/{{Superman}}'' and a leading light of the rise of the modern fantasy film. For instance, after the ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' did their gloriously wacky ''Franchise/StarWars'' episode, the only way to follow up on that classic was to have the other contemporary fantasy superstar, Reeve, do the next one.
17th Oct '15 5:12:33 AM kchishol
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His most famous role came after the producers had a frustrating hunt for the SuperHero and Reeve himself was rejected three times before director Creator/RichardDonner and producer Creator/IlyaSalkind finally had a face to face meeting with this unknown actor. At that, he was signed on with an exercise regime supervised by David Prowse (better known to the world as the guy wearing the [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader costume]]). In the film, Reeve proved a more valuable asset than anyone could have guessed with such skill making the world feel that they could believe a man could fly considering he piloted a glider for a hobby and thus knew how to make his flying scenes seem real. Even more amazingly, Reeve showed that ClarkKenting can really seem to work if you are a good enough actor. At that, Reeve instantly eclipsed his top billed co-stars, Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/GeneHackman, as the true star of ''Film/{{Superman}}'' and a leading light of the rise of the modern fantasy film.

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His most famous role came after the producers had a frustrating hunt for the SuperHero and Reeve himself was rejected three times before director Creator/RichardDonner and producer Creator/IlyaSalkind finally had a face to face meeting with this unknown actor. At that, he was signed on with an exercise regime supervised by David Prowse (better known to the world as the guy wearing the [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader costume]]). In the film, Reeve proved a more valuable asset than anyone could have guessed with such skill making the world feel that they could believe a man could fly considering he piloted a glider for a hobby and thus knew how to make his flying scenes seem real. Even more amazingly, Reeve showed that ClarkKenting can really seem to work if you are a good enough actor. At that, Reeve instantly eclipsed his top billed co-stars, Creator/MarlonBrando and Creator/GeneHackman, as the true star of ''Film/{{Superman}}'' and a leading light of the rise of the modern fantasy film.
film. For instance, after the ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' did their gloriously wacky ''Franchise/StarWars'' episode, the only way to follow up on that classic was to have the other fantasy superstar, Reeve, do the next one.
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