Oh, son of Jor-El ...
It's hard not to like Terence Stamp. His turn as the original Zod from Christopher Reeve's Superman II is infinitely quotable and the gravitas Stamp brought to the role easily entered him into the echelon of greatest villains of all time.
So how Stamp dealt with a number of fans who were discussing Man of Steel was nothing short of glorious.
Here's the set-up. Stamp had just arrived to a Q&A for his latest indie flick, Unfinished Song, but, before he was ready to answer questions, he first needed to use the facilities. While in the restroom, Stamp encountered some Superman fans and gave them the story of a lifetime. In Stamp's own words:
I spent an hour and a half driving down here from Ojai, and the first thing I wanted to do when I got out was take a leak. I go into the men's bathroom and there's a whole load of guys -- obviously, Man of Steel [the Superman reboot] had just turned out. So I take a pee, and I start washing my hands, and there's about 10 or 12 guys there, and they're talking about Man of Steel. And one says, 'Well, I don't know. If they'd have, like, peeled the buildings off the screen I wouldn't have been surprised, you know?' Another says, 'It was all so loud.' Then the guy down at the other end, who was only a little guy, said, 'Yeah, yeah!' And he said, 'It really wasn't as good as the first one, was it?' And I just couldn't resist, and I said, 'You're a very discerning man.' And as soon as they heard the voice they said, [screaming in shock] 'Oh my God! It's General Zod!' I swear to God, it just happened!
It's not something you hear often but, boy howdy, what we wouldn't have given to be in that bathroom ...