History Creator / ChristopherReeve

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.
16th Oct '15 8:16:45 PM bombadil211
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* LargeHam: Although he's primarily known for nuanced dramatic performances, he'd occasionally show off a sillier side and overact his heart out to get a laugh (his performance of ''Hamlet'' on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' being a good example).
19th May '15 5:01:18 PM nombretomado
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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 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, 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 AcademyAward-nominated UsefulNotes/AcademyAward-nominated Chilean film ''Film/{{No}}''.
19th May '15 5:05:33 AM MechWarrior
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* BitterSweetEnding: He died when he was only 52 years old after living with his paralysis for ten years, but at the end he had at least regained some movement in his fingers and toes and had regained more feeling throughout his body allowing him to differentiate hot and cold temperatures again.

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* BitterSweetEnding: BittersweetEnding: He died when he was only 52 years old after living with his paralysis for ten years, but at the end he had at least regained some movement in his fingers and toes and had regained more feeling throughout his body allowing him to differentiate hot and cold temperatures again.
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