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11 October, 2004 / Erik

USATODAY.com – ‘Superman’ star Christopher Reeve d…

USATODAY.com – ‘Superman’ star Christopher Reeve dies at age 52

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My favorite film performance of his was in a remake of His Girl Friday calledSwitching Channels with Burt Reynolds and Kathleen Turner. He played a sort of overcompensating perfect man that tries to tempt Turner’s character into a domestic life in New York. Dressed always in a light blue suit with yellow tie, his character is a conscious lampoon (complete with a fear of heights) of the Superman persona he’d build up over the preceeding years.
Director Richard Donner noted that he completed all the work the FX guys did for the flying shots; it was really his perfomance that sold people on the crazy idea that a man could fly.

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