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The ironies of Christopher Reeves' riding accident

The ironies of Christopher Reeves’ riding accident — The star?s roles prove too close to reality including a paraplegic police officer and a CBS trilogy with him on horseback

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The ironies surrounding the riding accident that, at press time, had left Christopher Reeve paralyzed and breathing with the aid of a ventilator, continue to build. In addition to a recent HBO movie, Above Suspicion, in which the actor played a paraplegic police officer, the former Superman had also completed a trilogy of movies for CBS tentatively titled Black Fox, Blood Horse, and Good Men and Bad. Set in the late 19th century, the trilogy features Reeve on horseback. The network has not decided when or if they’ll air.

Sadder still, Reeve, 42, was involved in projects aimed at jettisoning his ”Man of Steel” image once and for all, including plans to direct a romance called Tell Me True. Says his publicist, ”We’ve been told it’s there for him when he can do it.”

Meanwhile, there’s been an outpouring of tributes from fellow actors. Geena Davis recalls working with Reeve in Speechless: ”One of my favorite images of Chris was a scene where he runs and catches a moving train. He didn’t want to use any tricks or a stunt double, he just said, ‘I can catch it,’ and he did. He ran like the wind.”