On Saturday evening, prior to participating in a Q&A after a screening of Unfinished Song at the Landmark Theatre, the indie film's star Terence Stamp -- who is perhaps most widely known for his performance as the evil General Zod in Richard Donner's Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980) -- had a funny encounter in the men's restroom.
Stamp's description of what happened during the Q&A, which was moderated by THR's Scott Feinberg, had Feinberg and the packed house howling with laughter:
"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!"
- Terence Stamp
- Superman II