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The Roy Faires Collection - Interview with Christopher Reeve (1987)

Austin History Center

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  •  Roy Faires asks actor Christopher Reeve about the decision to make another sequel and his involvement in Street Smart (1987) 
  •  On how the story of Superman IV came about 
  •  Reeve discusses the philosophical appeal of the Man of Steel 
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In this unedtied interview for Austin’s KVUE-TV, Roy Faires sits down with the Man of Steel himself, Christopher Reeve, to talk about his latest film, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987). A critical and commercial failure, the film remains the lowest-grossing Superman film to date. Reeve reportedly regretted his involvement in the film, calling it “a catastrophe from start to finish.” Following Superman IV, the franchise went dormant for 19 years. (Reeve’s paralyzing accident in 1995 also made his starring in further sequels impossible.) In the interview, Reeve discusses the origin of the film’s story and the philosophical import of the Superman character. He also discusses his involvement in Street Smart (1987). Faires worked as a special project director and entertainment critic/reporter at KVUE-TV, Austin’s ABC affiliate, from 1976-1989.