Reeve turns creative energies to directing
First effort airing on HBO
April 9, 1997
Web posted at: 4:10 a.m. EST
From Correspondent Michael Okwu
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- It was like any other film premiere --
the stars posed, paparazzi swarmed -- but it represented a
Dozens of celebrities were on hand to celebrate Christopher
Reeve's directorial debut in "In the Gloaming," an HBO drama.
"How lucky that out of something that was a tragedy in my
live, I've had such a nice, new beginning," says Reeve, who
was paralyzed in a 1995 horseback riding fall.
"To see him find a new creative outlet was an astounding
experience," says one of the film's stars, Glenn Close. "He
is a triumphant human being."
"He really offered a great life raft for actors who have to
go places that are very difficult," says co-star David
"In the Gloaming," which is Scottish for twilight, is the
story of a young, AIDS-stricken man who comes home to die.
Estranged from his family, his presence compels them to
confront emotional barriers and forge a new beginning. The
film airs on April 20.
New avenue for Superman
Although a serious subject, in the days before the film's
premiere, Reeve showed his sense of humor is still intact.
When asked why he decided to make the film, he responds,
smiling, "because the location was only 10 minutes from my
Actually, Reeve says, he specifically wanted his first
directing stint to be on an intimate film, one that would
allow the actors to shine. And the job never tired him, he
"I found I was energized by it," he says. "And I could do an
eight- or nine-hour day without a problem."
Reeve insists the 1995 riding accident has not changed him or
"I think it intensifies things," he says. "I was always a
person in motion all the time. I've had to learn stillness,
and particularly in this movie I was able to talk to Robert
Sean Leonard (who plays Danny) and say, 'Don't be so afraid
of the stillness. Don't be afraid of the quiet.'
"When you can't move your body, your mind and your spirit
take over, and you also find that you must learn patience,"
Reeve capped a 27-year acting career most recently in
"Village of the Damned," John Carpenter's remake of the
classic horror film, and in HBO's "Above Suspicion." He also
turned a few heads in the critically acclaimed "Remains of
But according to Reeve, there's no point in looking back at
the acting accolades.
"I'm very lucky that this new career in directing has opened
up," Reeve said.
And it's in this new career that Reeve is now harnessing his
energy: "I'm focusing on the next phase of what I can do,
instead of regretting what I can't."
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