New Lex Article at IGN.com

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  1. Superman4ever Registered

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    I thought this was so cool!

    http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/701/701987p1.html

    Superman Returns: The New Lex Luthor
    Let us introduce you.

    by Steve Head
    April 18, 2006 -

    He's one of the all-time, quintessential arch enemies. He's maniacally determined. He has a quick mind, a sly sense of humor, an eye for style (albeit outlandish), and no conscience. As nemesis extraordinaire in Superman Returns, Lex Luthor will implement a series of threats that reach beyond Metropolis. Beyond America. And if it all goes to plan: kill Superman. Sounds like the perfect role for Kevin Spacey. It's "the kind of character that's more fun for him," says director Bryan Singer. "Each thing he's doing is so funny, or so strange, or sinister, that it's just fun and for him. It's a joy."



    For this new incarnation of Lex Luthor, Spacey was the first choice, right from the start. "We'd always written that role with him in mind," says Singer. "He's an old friend and this is a great opportunity for all the obvious reasons."

    Spacey, whose prior collaboration with Singer was his Oscar-winning performance in The Usual Suspects, was almost unable to commit to Superman Returns due to a scheduling conflict. The filmmakers worked overtime, reworking the shooting schedule to adhere to Spacey's six week window of opportunity. "Bryan would prefer to shoot in continuity, but and we didn't have that luxury," says producer Chris Lee. The producers also tried to shift the shooting schedule for Hugh Laurie, who was originally cast as Perry White, but it didn't work. For Spacey, however, they were fortunate. "We made it work. And I think he'll be the definitive Lex."

    In fact, when Spacey arrived in Sydney, Australia, they started filming him, proto. "He'd just gotten off the plane and everything," says Singer. "He was a total trooper about it.

    As Lex, Singer says Spacey is "Very thoughtful about it" and cares a lot about creating his own version of the character. Kate Bosworth, who stars as Lois Lane, and who co-starred with Spacey in Beyond the Sea, says his philosophy about playing a character that's been played by other actors is: "You should just know the heart and soul of the character. You take it and make it your own and that's what the defines the character now. It's what you do now."

    For Lex, style, of course, is key. He has his "pimp" look, says production designer Guy Dyas. He has his "safari/hunting" look, says costume designer Louise Mingenbach. However, what Spacey made his own was Lex's hairstyle, or lack thereof. No curly wig, a-la Gene Hackman. Spacey went for the chrome dome. "He shaved it off," says Singer. "Which was, I'll tell you, very strange."

    "He never wears that curly wig," says Dyas. The original script had a line that referred to a curly wig. "Bryan was concerned that if we went too comical with Lex it would take away all of the fear of his character. The idea that he was going to be sort of a clown dressed up in a curly wig, and do the whole campy Gene Hackman thing, didn't work for Bryan at all. [Spacey's decision to go bald was] a great decision. He's a very scary individual. He plays the role so beautifully, it's incredible. He's chilling on screen."

    The first time Singer saw Spacey as Lex Luthor, "I completely didn't recognize him. I was walking towards my trailer in the park, and I'm looking this guy staring at me standing by a tree. I thought he was a crewmember, someone I'd never seen before. I keep walking and he's staring me at me all the way and I'm like, 'AHHH!' It was him!"

    Now, you might ask, what sort of malevolence is Lex devising to bring down Superman?
    Without delving into spoiler material, one thing we can tell you is: Lex sort of… kind of... perhaps maybe wants a piece of that valuable Kryptonian crystal he's been hearing about. To that end, he puts together a team. Kal Penn, (who plays Lex's go-to computer guy, Stanford) will only say, there's "five of them. It's sort of a unit. There's inner workings here and there, but I won't say." However, to keep you on your toes, Parker Posey (who plays Lex's gal-pal Killy) says, Lex is "someone who can go under disguise and be anyone he wants to be."

    Lex will incite trouble, and lots of it. "There will be no lack of intensity," says Singer."It'll probably be PG 13. I don't think you'll be disappointed at all in the level of intensity."
     
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    NICE. All who called a Hackman portrayal, say I....Seems like Spacey is going to take Lex to the next level. Can't wait to see this.
     
  3. Superman4ever Registered

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    Yeah it sounds great. Along with this, the Weta statue and the Showest description he is sounding/ looking like a total badass! :up: :)

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    That's just a crazy look that gives me chills...:D
     
  4. Metropolis_Man Mister Doctor?

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    Great article! I like the bit in the hidden text. I can't wait to see whats going on with that. Nice work.
     
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    Oh, and did everyone catch that bit about Stanford? :o
     
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    "He never wears that curly wig," says Dyas. The original script had a line that referred to a curly wig. "Bryan was concerned that if we went too comical with Lex it would take away all of the fear of his character. The idea that he was going to be sort of a clown dressed up in a curly wig, and do the whole campy Gene Hackman thing, didn't work for Bryan at all. [Spacey's decision to go bald was] a great decision. He's a very scary individual. He plays the role so beautifully, it's incredible. He's chilling on screen."
     
  7. Metropolis_Man Mister Doctor?

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    Where hes the computer tech guy?
     
  8. Naite22 Registered

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    Good find!

    Do you guys think that we'll see the GREEN CRYSTAL!!!???.. so far it is no where to be seen in pics or anything.. I really think that they should have it in returns.. But we've only seen Lex holding clear crystals...
     
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    Sweet. It sounds like we'll finally get the "dark" Lex we've been waiting for. I've always thought of him as evil, but a psychopath? Sounds like it: "Psychopath: A person with an antisocial personality disorder, manifested in aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior without empathy or remorse."
     
  10. Metropolis_Man Mister Doctor?

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    I think I'm definately going to favor this Lex much more than Hackmans. I still would like to see the social LexCorp Lex instead of the antisocial guy. Thats just my pick though, I think Spacey's version is going to be very scary and will come off very well on screen.
     
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    that's definitely one of the better articles in recent months, great find, dude. Still find myself spacing out (seriously, no pun intended) in anticipation of this movie :supes:
     
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    from the spoiler paragraph, it sounds like we'll be getting some of the brilliant Lex Luther Super-Planning we saw in the first film (stealing the missle codes, etc.)
     
  13. batman44 Go Speed GO

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    I had a feeling Kal was gonna be a computer guy. Kinda funny, I remember when I said that awhile back, some people got all defensive. N E Ways, I can't wait to see Spacey portray Lex, I expect great things with his performance.

    Nice article, thanks for posting.
     
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    I mentioned this before, but I'll do so here since I feel it applies.

    An acquantence came over recently and we were discussing Superman Returns. His interest really has jumped up lately and I was surprised at how excited he actually seemed to be now about the movie.

    However, one of his complaints was that Spacey is too recognizable, and people won't see Lex but instead Spacey.

    Of course, I told him that Hackman was pretty big in the 70's from many good movies (French Connection, The Conversation, etc.) but that didn't stop people from buying into his characterization.

    Plus, arguably the most acclaimed and respected actor of all times was playing Superman's real dad!
     
  15. batman44 Go Speed GO

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    ^ Well, Spacey is that kind of actor that just melts into a role.
     
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    ^ I agree! It was one of the best decisions the production has made and I think the thing you hear the least complaints about.
     
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    Yup! I also love the quote, from Kitty, at the very end (
    Parker Posey says, Lex is "someone who can go under disguise and be anyone he wants to be."
    ). I think that quote foreshadows a lot of what's to come with Lex’s characterization in this movie. I’m thinking mad scientist meets corporate mogul, and giving us a much adorned public image.

    Adding to the equation a world that doesn't need a Superman is going to lead to one great showdown...
     
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    Cool, I just hope they dont play that goofy music when they first introduce Lex that was in STM.
     
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    I hope not. I repressed that. The only thing I was mostly enjoying during the Hackman moments was Valerie Perrine and her ample cleavage. Looks like we won't be getting any campy side kicks like Otis, either, thank God.
     
  20. Showtime Your Friend In Time

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    The Otis Theme.
     
  21. Metropolis_Man Mister Doctor?

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    YES!! I like your words. I didn't even think of Lex's (
    disguises
    ) as being the good public image. I was thinking of different looks and costumes and what not. Man, can't wait to see it.
     
  22. Showtime Your Friend In Time

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    Isn't there a strange Lex figure that has dreadlocks?
     
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    I think that's just a prototype. But that figure is supposed to be a henchman of Lex's...and I think Mattel is keeping a secret on what it will look like, so they just used the Spacey head scan and put sloppy dreads on it.

    Anyway, Lex looks like a complete badass in this flick. And I'm glad to hear he won't be like that Ronald McDonald clown from the first few movies... :up:
     
  24. Showtime Your Friend In Time

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    You mean Bozo the Hackman? He was good in his time, I quite enjoyed him in the Superman movies, but when I watch Otis now I cringe.
     
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    Maybe it was because I just saw the movies last year for the first time...but there was maybe a scene or two where I didn't cringe, out of all four movies, the rest of the time I was gritting my teeth.

    I think Spacey adds a sinister presense, and these manical eyes that would bring such power to the role of Lex Luthor.
     

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