At a recent Q&A for his latest cinematic contribution Unfinished Song, veteran thespian Terence Stamp, best known to Superman fans as both the original General Zod and, later, the voice of Jor-El in TV's Smallville, recounted an amazing story about a restroom encounter he had just had with a group of moviegoers grumbling about the quality of the new Superman film compared to the original film series.
I spent an hour and a half driving down here from Ojai, and the first thing I wanted to do when I got out was take a leak. I go into the men's bathroom and there's a whole load of guys — obviously, Man of Steel [the Superman reboot] had just turned out. So I take a pee, and I start washing my hands, and there's about 10 or 12 guys there, and they're talking about Man of Steel. And one says, 'Well, I don't know. If they'd have, like, peeled the buildings off the screen I wouldn't have been surprised, you know?' Another says, 'It was all so loud.' Then the guy down at the other end, who was only a little guy, said, 'Yeah, yeah!' And he said, 'It really wasn't as good as the first one, was it?' And I just couldn't resist, and I said, 'You're a very discerning man.' And as soon as they heard the voice they said, [screaming in shock] 'Oh my God! It's General Zod!' I swear to God, it just happened!
Sadly, Stamp passed up a once-in-a-lifetime to order the men to "pee before Zod."
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