As an actor, you are always looking for subtext, for layers, for what’s going on underneath.
I think of Superman as the ultimate vanilla hero. He’s this perfect refugee, this perfect immigrant from another planet who embodies the American dream.
Growing up in eastern Germany, I knew of Superman, but he didn’t resonate emotionally with me.
It never really worked out for me in my own country. They said, ‘You’re not famous enough for the lead roles, and you’re too present for the supporting roles – you’d overpower the lead.’
I wanted to play the piano, but my fingers weren’t long enough, so I took up the guitar.