10 Potentially Great Movies Ruined By One Character
8. August "Gus" Gorman - Superman 3
The absurdity of Richard Pryor as August "Gus" Gorman in Superman III is painfully apparent from the movie poster, which depicts Superman carrying him as he flies through the air. Pryor is pulling a silly face, and if you look closely enough you can almost get the impression that Superman is looking slightly embarrassed. August "Gus" Gorman's role in the film is essentially little more than a product of the desire to shoehorn Richard Pryor into the movie to capitalise on his success. It's a character so out of place that it feels as if someone were deliberately trying to sabotage the production. That Pryor isn't remotely amusing in the role hardly helps matters, and his unfunny comic relief turn earned him a Razzie. A far more interesting and successful aspect of Superman III is the conflict Superman himself goes through as he confronts his shadow self. With Gorman out of the picture, it could've been an altogether different film, the kind of "darker" version of the character Man of Steel strove for but fell short.