Superman

New this month Trivia: Christopher Reeve was initially turned down for the role of Superman because he was too thin. He put on 42 lbs after being cast.

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Trivia: To get the muscular build required to play Superman Christopher Reeve went on a training regime supervised by David Prowse who played Darth Vader in the first Star Wars trilogy.

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Trivia: The famous (or infamous) New York City blackout of 1977 occurred during location shooting for "Superman." According to director Richard Donner, cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth mistakenly believed he had caused the blackout by plugging in a spotlight to a lamppost while filming.

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Trivia: When discussing his grand plans, Lex Luthor makes a throw-away line and names a country to be blown up apparently at random. Not quite so random - it was changed in each country of release.

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Trivia: Not really a mistake, but I found it interesting that when Clark Kent turns into Superman he takes the time to comb his hair to the other side.

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Trivia: When young Lois Lane and her parents are riding in the railroad train and she sees Clark running past them on the road, her mother is played by Noel Neill, who played Lois on the 1950's TV series, and her father is played by Kirk Alyn, who played Superman in the 1948 movie.

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Trivia: If you look very closely when Superman is floating in Lex Luther's swimming pool, you'll notice a small floatation device placed under his cape to keep his head above the water. That's because Superman boots weighed a whole lot after they became filled with water. The floatation device made it easier for Clark Kent to swim during that scene.

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Trivia: Something for Cheers fans: John Ratzenberger (Cliff) is an extra, playing a control booth worker.

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Trivia: According to the commentary, the 4 minute helicopter crash scene took nearly 12 months to film. Director Richard Donner wanted perfection.

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Mister Ed

Trivia: Marlon Brando got the highest payment of all the actors in spite of his short time onscreen.

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oswal13

Trivia: Jeff East, who plays teenage Clark Kent, was dubbed over with Christopher Reeves' voice. The only time Jeff's actual voice is heard is when he shouts in excitement after jumping past the speeding train.

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