[Movies] Terence Stamp Says Man of Steel Made Him Sad
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.21.2013
But he hasn't seen it yet...
In an interview with EW.com, Terrence Stamp, who played General Zod in Superman II, said that Man of Steel made him sad, even though he hasn't seen the movie yet.
Stamp was more upset at the fact that the character of General Zod was being "remade" by Michael Shannon.
He said: "When I heard they were remaking it, or they were doing a version of it, I was kind of sad in a way. Because it was the benchmark for all of these comic book movies. There's never been anything quite as good as those Dick Donner movies. And since then, big movies have become computer generated. They've become unemotional, and so I was sad. I thought it would be diluted, in other words. And that it would be a personal dilution because it was such an incredible moment for me to come back, and to come back and play my first comic book villain. I was sad, but the truth is, I'm sure it's vastly different…. But, hey, you know, they wanted to pull on the Kryptonite boots? Good luck to them. They're big!"
He also talked about his thoughts on Richard Donner being fired and replaced by Richard Lister during Superman II's filming, along with the decision to remove Marlon Brando's Jor-El from the movie.
He added: "They brought in this director, who was a very, very good director. But I was astonished that he'd step into another director's shoes. I thought, that's really beneath Richard Lester. He's bigger than that. And none of us wanted to go back. And we didn't go back, actually. It was only when Chris Reeve went back that we thought, well, who am I? I've been out of work for eight years. I can't annoy the business, you know? So we all went back, but it was flat. Because it was without Richard Donner. And, incredibly, they replaced all of Brando's stuff because he was trying to get a percentage that they had promised him. And to to weaken his case, they replaced Marlon with this English actress [Susannah York], Superman's mom. It didn't seem possible. So it was very unhappy. Fortunately, we didn't have to do much. We had to do the last sort of eighth of the movie, frankly."