I was thinking of him in Superman yesterday when he tells the council--"neither my wife nor I will attempt to leave Krypton." He may have been sleepwalking through it, but it was an effective performance and provided some emotional peaks. Lucky he didn't try to camp it up.
"Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow." Frankenstein