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Please Cast Christopher Dennis in "Superman."

by Eric Kohn
February 28, 2011 5:24 AM
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Wandering around a hectic Hollywood Boulevard last night on my way to meet indieWIRE colleagues Peter Knegt and Dana Harris for an Oscar viewing party at the Egyptian, I ran into Superman himself. That would be Christopher Dennis, one of the compelling subjects from Matthew Ogens's disarmingly thoughtful 2007 documentary "Confessions of a Superhero," which I reviewed here.

Like the rest of the people in the movie, Dennis is a struggling actor who dons a superhero contest and poses for photos with tourists, nudging them for tips. The movie explores his lifelong Superman obsession and the way it has continued to define his life, despite many setbacks. It's a delicate, moving story, one of the more sympathetic studies of fandom and the creative obsession of Hollywood dreamers in recent years.

Well, he's still at it. A few days a week, Dennis is selling rare stuffed dog toys at Pas in Print at 6510 Hollywood Boulevard, decked out in the same flashy costume he has faithfully worn for years. Although you can see the years of toiling at the bottom of the barrel on his face, Dennis appears no less committed than he has always been to living out his dream--or at least continuing ad infinitum to try and accomplish it.

Asked what he thought about the recent casting of Henry Cavill as Superman for the upcoming Zack Snyder reboot, Dennis didn't hesitate. "They should've cast me!" he exclaimed, with only the slightest hint of sarcasm.

As the documentary (embedded below courtesy of Snagfilms) proves, Dennis has a fascinating screen presence. It might be out of his range to play the real Man of Steel in a slick new blockbuster, but I wouldn't rule out a cameo. My suggestion: Somebody should start a Kickstarter campaign to get Dennis a brief role in "Superman." All those years in tights have to count for something.

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  • Matt Ogens | February 28, 2011 11:42 AMReply

    Thanks for the great words about Confessions of a Superhero.

    Matt Ogens
    Director, Confessions of a Superhero

  • Rick Allen | February 28, 2011 10:34 AMReply

    A wonderful documentary, and a sweet if eccentric guy. It would be fitting and terrific if the studio followed Eric's great suggestion here. Sign me up for the "Give Chris Dennis a Break" campaign.

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