Henry Cavill has said he was inspired to become a movie star by a teenage meeting with Russell Crowe - now playing his dad in Man Of Steel.
Henry, an extra in the film playing rugby, said: "I thought we kind of look ridiculous, standing there, looking over at this famous actor. And I want to be an actor. So I thought I may as well go over and ask this guy about it."
The Tudors actor Henry says Russell, 49, told him "the pay was pretty good but they treat you like s***".
When Russell started being mobbed for autographs, the teenage Henry helped him to escape through the scrum and was later rewarded with a box of Russell goodies sent to the school, including a signed photo that read: "Dear Henry, a journey of 1,000 miles begins in a single step. Russell."
Now Henry has been cast as Clark Kent in the new Superman film and Russell as his biological father, Jor-El.
Henry, 29, only revealed their earlier meeting to Russell when they were training together and the older actor couldn't remember why his face seemed familiar.
He said: "We talked about how it's hilarious and great and wonderful; how he's playing that part, and this being the biggest moment of my career. And he's here.
"It's one of those moments where you think to yourself - just what are the chances?"
Man Of Steel is out in cinemas on June 14.