Published on September 21, 2020

The latest edition of The Industry podcast examines the failures of Superman IV, and why Christopher Reeve agreed to appear as Superman one last time after walking away from the role that made his career.

But the episode also offhandedly mentions some very surprising roles that Reeve walked away from—including one that made Richard Gere a star. If you want to start with the podcast, you can listen on Apple or Spotify or here:

In his 1998 memoir, Still Me, Christopher Reeve looked back on his life before and after the horse-riding accident that paralyzed him in 1995. He recalled that after the success of Superman in 1978, “some producers would not cast me because I had played Superman, others cast me because I had.”

Here are five roles Christopher Reeve passed on — and one he wanted but couldn’t get.

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