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Christopher Reeve has died

October 11th, 2004 (02:15 am)
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A good actor. Very underrated, forever typecast as Superman; I remember an theater audience laughing when his screen credit appeared in Remains of the Day. Then he had his accident, and his image changed again forever -- he wasn't that guy who was Superman any more; he was brave, an ennobled sufferer. Maybe his rekindled fame bemused him.

The funny thing is, during his years in the wilderness (and, let's face it, after the crapfests of SUPERMAN III and SUPERMAN IV), people forgot how good he was as Superman -- and as Clark Kent. I heard Reeve say once that he figured there were two possible explanations for why Lois Lane didn't immediately realize Clark Kent was Superman. A: she was very stupid. B: Superman was really, really good at his disguise. Reeve decided on option B.

He told that story on the occasion I saw him in person, at a speaking engagement at the University of Florida. He took some questions, but I didn't get to ask mine. I was torn between two possibilities. One was, "Out of all your screen kisses, how would you rate Michael Caine?" The other? I wanted to ask him if he'd seen this article from the October 2, 1996 issue of The Onion, and what he'd thought of it.

I wouldn't have been surprised if he'd had it framed.

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Posted by: the Jack (buggery)
Posted at: October 10th, 2004 11:48 pm (UTC)
I Love My Dead Gay Robin (Jason)

"Out of all your screen kisses, how would you rate Michael Caine?"

See, you were always one of us.



I can't thank you enough for the link to that Onion article. News of Christopher's death had hit me really hard, and I had no idea when my spirits would rise again -- that did it.

Posted by: a veteran pseudo-fictioneer (skalja)
Posted at: October 11th, 2004 09:29 am (UTC)
exploding[dog] superheroes

When did he kiss Michael Caine? (Who IS Michael Caine?)

Posted by: i'm a pirate! arr! (badficwriter)
Posted at: October 11th, 2004 09:38 pm (UTC)
Mistress

Michael Caine is a Brit who's starred in many, many movies both good and bad. The Swarm, Sherlock Holmes, Jaws 4, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are a few.

He was in the puzzle thriller Deathtrap with Christopher Reeves, where they play two gay men who kiss on-screen. If you ever choose to see it, you'll need to watch it over and over just to make sure you understand what's going on.

They also starred together with John Ritter in Noises Off, another movie about a play that's much funnier.

Somewhere in Time is my favorite romantic movie of his, but the time paradox in it is frustrating to me.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: October 13th, 2004 02:25 am (UTC)
wonder woman

Who IS Michael Caine?

Go rent The Man Who Would Be King and Zulu RIGHT THE HELL NOW.

Posted by: a veteran pseudo-fictioneer (skalja)
Posted at: October 13th, 2004 06:48 pm (UTC)

Aye aye, Cap'n!

Posted by: Novelist, lawyer, adventurer... (webpetals)
Posted at: October 11th, 2004 03:29 pm (UTC)
cute

I still can't believe Christopher Reeve is dead. I just bought one of his old movies the other day (Somewhere In Time), and was reminiscing about just how much of a heartthrob he was at the beginning of his career.

Anyway, thanks for signing my LJ. If you still want a cover flat, just go ahead and email me with your information. My address is: mondream@gowebway.com

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: October 13th, 2004 03:52 am (UTC)

Shameful confession: I hadn't even noticed that bit about the cover flats when I posted. *grin*

("Wait... the first ones who post get what?")

Posted by: Novelist, lawyer, adventurer... (webpetals)
Posted at: October 14th, 2004 09:43 pm (UTC)

Heehee...it's no big deal. I got the flats of my book cover in the mail, and I was offering them out. If you want one, just let me know. :-)

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