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Comment: have you heard about the time George Reeves was making a public
appearance and one of the fans shows up with a rifle.
As the story goes George cooly went up to him and said something along the
lines of "not here the ricochet may hurt someone". The man then laid down
the weapon or put it back in his car and is then subdued.

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When I first saw the title of this post, I thought it would be referring to this classic UL of Reeves' alleged suicide. There are, or course, many stories out there (didn't find any specific ones on Snopes' main site) about kids who were injured after tying a red towel to their shirts and jumping off the roof thinking that they could fly. The OP seems to have merged these two tales.

Logic would dictate that if Reeeves had an encounter with a fan who was unable to distinguish the character from the actor, that he would have told the man, "I'm not really Superman." The only reasons I can see for him not doing that are a)his contractual obligations prevented him from breaking character, even at the most dire times; or b)Reeves thought (or knew) it to be a joke and played along.

I am intrigued, however, by the Superman curse and wonder if Snopes has ever discussed it.

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Logic would dictate that if Reeeves had an encounter with a fan who was unable to distinguish the character from the actor, that he would have told the man, "I'm not really Superman."
But that's the whole point of the anecdote told in the OP -- logic would not necessarily dictate that you try to negotiate with a crazy person in a straightforward manner.

Rather than taking the logical approach of saying "I'm not really Superman" (which would work on an ordinary person but not necessarily on someone too deluded to distinguish between an actor playing a role, a fictional character, and a real person), this tale has George Reeves quickly coming up with a clever alternate solution that defused the situation without having to rely on the fan's questionable ability to deal with issues of identity and reality.

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