Do you remember this “lost” Christopher Reeve Superman audition?

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A few days ago, my father asked me to transfer some video from a VHS tape. The tape is from 1985 and frankly, I’m amazed the video is still viewable. It’s been through a lot of moves, temperature changes, and a few drops. Oh and it’s video tape. That media doesn’t last forever. While transferring, I came across a Saturday Night Live sketch, also from 1985, with Christopher Reeve. The sketch involves him auditioning for the role of Superman in Richard Donner’s Superman film. Jim Belushi plays Donner and Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays his assistant. Part of the hilarity is that the “men” auditioning are asked to do superhuman things as part of the audition. Check out the video below!

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6 thoughts on “Do you remember this “lost” Christopher Reeve Superman audition?

  1. Wow, this is great. Superman: The Movie is my favorite film of all time and I’ve not seen this SNL clip before :) Christopher Reeve really was exceptional, wasn’t he?!

  2. Rob Daviau says:

    Cool because the first person auditioning is Gary Kroeger who in fact plays a young teen Clark in the Superman movie.

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