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Man of Steel: Russell Crowe on playing Jor-El

Legendary Aussie actor reveals why playing Jor-El was so important

The highly-anticipated 'Man of Steel' digs deep into Superman's origins… and Russell Crowe reveals how fatherhood made him feel a certain connection to the role of Jor-El.

At the heart of Superman's origins, there's a tragic tale of lost family and doing anything to protect the ones you love. It's a tale that's been recounted a number of times in the films, on TV and even in the comic-books. But it seems that it's the one aspect of 'Man of Steel' that resonated with Aussie actor Russell Crowe… and it may even be the reason he took the role of Jor-El in the first place.

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In an interview with ComicBookMovie, Russell Crowe reveals how fatherhood informed his reading of the script… and how he felt a bond with his character, Jor-El.

"When I first read the script," he explained, "it was one of those things where that's how it was connecting me. That's the question that Jor-El faces, that's the situation that he's in. You can take the political situation on Krypton and the civil war and the rescinding of the individual's right to choose and all of that stuff… but really, the biggest personal battle is to take your naturally born, infant son and send him away. If you don't do it in this moment, he dies along with the entire history of your planet as it exists. It was an interesting thing."

It's easy to understand how this would resonate with the 49-year-old actor, especially as a father himself. But it seems that it's not all about deeper meanings… and his part in 'Man of Steel' might just have made him the coolest dad on the block.

"Just recently, we did a screening in Sydney and my boys were there… it's like, finally - I've made a movie that they care about."

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But when it comes to taking on the role of the Dad of Steel, there's a lot more to it than meets the eye… and while he wasn't expecting to have to clamber into a spandex suit, it seems he was more than up to the task.

"When I said yes," he explains to the folks at Extra. "I didn't realise that I was getting the spandex as well… which was a bit of a 'holy sh*t' moment. Right up to the last minute, whenever you're putting it on, you say 'hold up, a couple more push-ups!' But you know what, I have to admit, I really enjoyed wearing it. There's something kinda cool about that four layers of spandex."

I'm not sure we can ever think of spandex as 'cool' but we'll let that one slide, Russell.

'Man of Steel', starring Henry Cavill and Michael Shannon, is out in the UK 14 June 2013.

Do you think Russell Crowe will make a good Jor-El? What about Kevin Costner as Jonathon Kent?