It was important to have a similar energy in my performance. To make the character too different would have just been about my ego because it didn`t need to be drastically different.
(Talking about wearing the Superman costume): "Very confining. But once you get past that - which is sometimes hard - it`s also very empowering. First time I put it on, I felt... stronger. Like a different level of who I am. It makes playing the character much easier."
So I think it was to Bryan`s credit that he was able to let go of some of those things because you create these scenes and you think you become creative, even I, acting things, you become very creatively taken by it.
(When asked if he`s ready for the changes that will follow in his life upon being cast as Superman): "I have no idea. But I am prepared to be prepared."
And the spirit of Superman is great to have around.
My interests were in fantasy more than comics growing up.
That`s definitely a part of who Superman is and definitely who Clark on the farm is. It translates to how calm he is. I feel like I`m pretty calm most of the time and relaxed, which gives presence to the character.
You want to keep it in there because you feel like it`s yours but to be able to see that sometimes some stuff needs to go and I think it`s for the benefit of the film.
And then once in Australia, I really hit the weights hard.
I`m kind of looking for something with a lot less action and more talking and listening.
And also it was a process of, we lifted weights as well, in an effort to train my body to then be able to lift heavier weights when I got in Australia. So that was the first couple of months.
Christopher Reeve did such an amazing job that to give him some kind of accent or more bravado would have been wrong. Audiences wouldn`t have responded to that either.
I could finally quit my job as a bartender and stop dreaming that I might be Superman and know that I was. Then I started thinking about how cool it was.
If I become defensive and upset right away, then that`s going to adversely affect how I deal with it and it`s probably not going to be good press for me and probably be bad just because I`m angry. Just be open and pleasant.
I am, of comics I was never as big of a fan as I probably could have been I suppose but I`m definitely a fan of science fiction fantasy.
But as far as, for I think it will be amazing you know where I find myself years from now because of this film. It`s just amazing, I think everybody`s going to kind of know this film and because of it, me. So I you know it`s crazy.
I`m very excited to see where the characters and their relationships go. But in the end, it really boils down to the people who have more power than me, who control the money.
There are things about growing up in a small town that you can`t necessarily quantify.
One of the most amazing things I got from the film, so much green screen, there are so many moments and it really taught me about how important it is to have an intention when flying, when going somewhere and having an intention.
But so long as we can keep this crew of fantastic people together and can continue to make real breakthrough films in this category, as well as characters that stay true to what we`ve done in this first film, I`d be more than happy to be a part of it.
I`m kind of slowly becoming a star. I`ve kept my sanity. I`ve learned along the way, all these months that I`ve been here and slowly doing interviews and the suit picture getting released on the Internet-all this has come very gradual, which has really helped me to get it straight in my head and not go over the top. I know that that`s a minuscule amount of exposure that`s going to happen. It`s going to be all over the place and it`s going to become ridiculous at some point. The other thing that I realize is that it`s not me so much as the character and the icon of Superman.
I`ve found the best way is to not be scared of the attention but to be grateful for it and open to it. It makes my days better rather than being annoyed that people want my attention.
(Talking about his work with a movement coach to capture Superman`s physical presence): "We worked on posture. Spine straight, hips forward, neck in line - just a clean motion moving through the world. (On the bright side) I slouch less."
I was at first but I mean I thought at first that I wanted a little bit of that in there but the reasoning behind what they cut and what they kept really makes sense and it really played for me when I saw it yesterday, it all worked and was understood.
Well physically preparing for the role, definitely and then continuing to stay physically fit throughout filming, getting up, 4.00 4.30 in the morning.
(On being asked if he ever thought playing Superman would be bad for his career): "No. I mean, I was wary of what being Superman meant to my life, the possibilities of what it might mean, but then I think of all the positives and that kind of takes it all away. There are a lot of negatives to not do it, too."
People will like me, I think, because I do a good job in the film, but I also realize that the appeal isn`t just me. It`s the character. It`s the film. It`s what Superman stands for and brings to the table. Not just me.
As I said before, I`m prepared to be prepared and I think that remains the same, you know there`s no way to really know what it`s going to feel like. I think for each individual it`s different.
I`m really excited to be a part of it and sharing the legacy, any documentary I look up at the sky and Kevin Burns did and Bryan did and showed me again you know the history that`s in this character and you know.
I think Superman`s journey is to become comfortable on earth. Of course he`s got his role as earth`s greatest protector but he also wants to be as happy as he can and if that happens to be with Lois then he`s going to find a way.
I knew very early on that there would be quite a bit of attention: Superman is known all over the place.
I mean it allowed me to do that which was fantastic because we really get to see the character mature and deal with some things that are, that I think as an audience member, really pull us in.
It was a great mantel to be able to take on really, an amazing legacy. And you know to finally see it, because I just saw the final product yesterday as well, is really amazing to be part of something like this.
Well no, I think we won`t have that problem but as far as paparazzi I`m speaking, I will deal with that.
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