Terence Stamp talks about sex, singing, 'Superman'
In this 2006 publicity photo released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, actor Terence Stamp portrays General Zod in the 1978 film “Superman.” (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Long before the new "Man of Steel," actor Terence Stamp delivered the screen General Zod of a generation. Stamp portrayed Superman's Kryptonian arch enemy opposite Christopher Reeve in "Superman" (1978) and "Superman II" (1980).
"I can't go out on the street in London without somebody saying, "'It's Zod!' It's fun for me," said Stamp in a recent interview, adding he'd yet to see "Man of Steel," which casts Michael Shannon as Zod.
Thirty-five years since "Superman," Stamp returns to theaters in the dramedy "Unfinished Song," which opens stateside this weekend after an overseas run with an alternate title, "Song for Marion."
FILE - This publicity photo released by The Weinstein Company shows Gemma Arterton, left, and Terence Stamp in a scene from the film, "Unfinished Song." (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Nick Wall)
Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave play English pensioners Arthur and Marion. He's a codger; she is full of life, but dying. And yet this is no odd couple. They are, instead, something rarely seen in entertainment: Earthbound, elderly soul mates. Forget high-flying romance. These two are real.
Eventually, Marion drags Arthur into an over-60s singing group, which has a repertoire including everything from the smoothest Stevie Wonder to Salt-n-Pepa's hip-hop classic "Let's Talk About Sex."
In this Wednesday, June 12, 2013 photo, English actor Terence Stamp poses for a photo during an interview in Los Angeles. Before "Man of Steel" and Michael Shannon, there was Stamp delivering what debatably remains the quintessential screen version of General Zod: perhaps the most frightening of all the screen villains to take on Christopher Reeves' Superman. Some 35 years later, Stamp is back onscreen -- sometimes frightfully, always delightfully grumpy as a pensioner who finds his lost voice, and heart, in a local seniors choir in the drama, "Unfinished Song." (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
"'Let's Talk About Sex,' I thought, 'Great! Absolutely,'" remembered the 74-year-old Stamp. "(Talk) is all I can do at the moment," he continued, laughing. "I'm past my sell-by date."