September 7, 2010: Clint Eastwood Knocked Back Superman Role

Clint Eastwood as Superman In 1977, when filming on "Superman: The Movie" was getting extremely close to rolling, director Richard Donner still had not found his Man of Steel. The casting net was cast far and wide with the role being offered to many big name actors of the time. Actors like Robert Redford, Paul Newman, and Steve McQueen were all considered for the role... and even Clint Eastwood.

The 80 year old Oscar winning actor and director recalled to the LA Times how he was approached about playing Superman...

    "Thank God that I didn't have to do that," Eastwood said of the role that eventually went to the late Christopher Reeve, whom he praised as "excellent" in the role. "I can remember - and this was many years ago - when [Warner Bros. President] Frank Wells came to me about doing Superman. So it could have happened. This was when they first started to think about making it. I was like, 'Superman? Nah, nah, that's not for me.' Not that there's anything wrong with it. It's for somebody, but not me."

You can read the full story at the LA Times website.



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