Author Marc Tyler Nobleman has published an interview he conducted with actress Leueen Willoughby on his website Noblemania.com. Fans of the movie “Superman II” will recognize Leueen Willoughby as the Daily Planet employee who watches the fight between Superman and the three Kryptonian villains from a window with Lois Lane (played by Margot Kidder).
Here are a few excerpts from the interview…
Is there one story about your Superman experience that you tell more than any other?
Yes! I tell the story about how Christopher Reeve decided he was going to do a bit of funny business with his Clark Kent hat – taking it off and fumbling it onto a coat rack. During a break in shooting, he worked and worked on getting it just perfect. When it came time to shoot the scene, he had it down perfectly and made it look like a clumsy Clark Kent move.
What was your impression of Christopher Reeve?
I thought he was a very nice man. He seemed to be polite, pleasant, and, despite being exceptionally handsome, not the least bit egotistical. [The] accident later in his life was tragic. When he said he would walk again, I thought that if anyone could succeed, it would be him. I based that on his discipline and work ethic as an actor. But sadly, it was not to be.
Memories of any other actors on set?
One day we were all waiting while some special effects were being set up. The “bad guys” were sitting opposite me. Terence Stamp said to no one in particular “I haven’t worked for four years and now I’m here making an idiot of myself.” He said this, I think, because he was having a lot of trouble with the flying. The harness was fitted around the actors’ midsection and they had to balance themselves when flying. He was having trouble crashing through the windows of the Daily Planet and landing on his feet. I think that was why he felt he was making an idiot of himself. I wanted to tell him he was not and that one of the stunt guys could probably give him some help, but he was a famous actor and I was a bit part player so I said nothing. I regretted that later.