In the movies, the role of Superman’s father goes to an actor often more legendary than the Superman himself. Marlon Brando played Jor-El in the original Superman: The Movie. In Man of Steel, we get Russell Crowe as Jor-El, the Gladiator himself sending his son away to earth. 

A father himself, Crowe shared stories of infant accidents from the babies who played newborn Kal-el. “On this movie, I got farted on first,” Crowe said. “That was okay. Pissed on, that was a little inconvenient, then the topper happened happened. Under those hot lights, it was after lunch, to be expected, and I got a handful of the essential Kryptonian material.”

These are normal mishaps to most new parents, but Crowe said he’d avoided those with his own children. It took playing a superhero’s father to get the bodily fluid hazing due any parent. 

“In my own experience as a father of two, I've managed to dodge all the piss and the poo even though I'm pretty slick with a nappy,” Crowe said. “I had a very interesting experience being a father on this movie. I think [director] Zack [Snyder] employed four babies as the recently born Kal-El, so I learned a lot. I had new experiences as a parent on this movie that I hadn't previously had. So thank you, Zack.”

Man of Steel opens Friday.