|"Racing with the thunder and rising with the heat, it's gonna take a Superman to sweep me off my feet"|
|Teri Hatcher had already
had nearly ten years experience in movies and television
when she was asked to read for the part of Lois Lane.
Though others were considered for the role, Teri's ability to do drama and comedy equally well coupled with her sex appeal and an underlying vulnerability made her the easy stand-out in the crowd. The casting of Superman, however, would be a closer call.
|Warner Bros. was looking
for an actor 6 feet 2 or taller with blue eyes and about
32 to 34 years old.
Kevin Sorbo, 34 years old, blue eyes and a lofty 6 feet 3, seemed ideal for what the production company wanted.
|Dean Cain, on the other
hand, just nicking the bar at 6 feet tall, brown eyes,
one quarter Japanese and not quite yet 26 years old,
seemed destined for the rejection list.
However, there was something about Dean the producers liked. He was called back to read four times.
|Deborah Joy LeVine (left)
said that the young ladies who hung around the auditions
seemed very taken with Dean. While that is no doubt true,
Kevin Sorbo would likewise attract the ladies, so the
real test would come down to ...
. . . chemistry. At the Los Angeles museum of radio and television where Lois and Clark was one of the featured new shows of the 93/94 season, LeVine said that Dean and Teri read together dead last at the auditions. Robert Butler, the director of the pilot, after seeing them together in the dailies commented, "What is it with these two? They've got it!"
|On-screen chemistry between actors is
a hit or miss proposition. It's either there, or it is
not. It's even a difficult equation to define, or, as one
critic put it, "I can't explain it, but I know it
when I see it."
However, chemistry can be so strong that the casting of an ideal type can be overridden in favor of something less than the ideal if the chemistry is formidable enough. This was the case when casting Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher.
|So, Sorbo would go on to
play Hercules, another legendary hero, and Dean Cain
would be Clark Kent and Superman.
Even though Dean was thought to be the wrong type to play the part, and so young that some felt he looked more like Superboy, he would eventually prove his critics wrong.
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