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Tsuris for Zurer

The Israeli actress who plays Superman’s Kryptonian mother hits the interview circuit

Ayelet Zurer in 'Man of Steel,' which she called a wonderful experience' -- from the 'fabulous wardrobe' to working with Russell Crowe (Courtesy official Facebook page for Ayelet Zurer)
Ayelet Zurer in 'Man of Steel,' which she called a wonderful experience' -- from the 'fabulous wardrobe' to working with Russell Crowe (Courtesy official Facebook page for Ayelet Zurer)

Ayelet Zurer is considered one of Israel’s most successful film actress exports, landing sizable roles in movies like “Vantage Point” and “Angels and Demons.” Now, playing Superman’s biological mom in the much-anticipated new film, “Man of Steel,” she’s embarking on her first big blockbuster debut.

Zurer snagged the role of Lora Lor-Van, a high-ranking historian on the planet of Krypton who arranges a mating with Superman’s scientist father, Jor-El, played by Russell Crowe. With the help of robotic surgeons who remove genetic material from the couple and place it into a birthing matrix, Superman/Clark Kent is born.

The Tel Aviv-born actress has been working the press junkets with a slew of the Hollywood A-listers featured in the movie, including Kevin Costner and Amy Adams. Zurer’s slightly less than perfect English was recently a topic of discussion on Channel 10’s “Good Evening with Guy Pines,” where one Pines presenter commented that Zurer stumbled over her words during a recent interview.

In said interview, Zurer says her character “reminds her of women in war,” as her character must watch helplessly while her superhero son is sent off to the primitive land of Earth.

“She’s an incredibly brave woman in a very sad circumstance,” she said during the interview. “Which is to me, extremely human.”

Pines and his fellow commentator also poked fun at the American pronunciation of Zurer’s name, where the Z in her name is pronounced in  American style, rather than as Tz, as it’s said in Hebrew.

Zurer moved to Hollywood after acting in a range of Israeli films. She won her first international film role in 2005, playing Eric Bana’s wife in Steven Spielberg’s “Munich.”

According to Pines, she’ll return to Israel on June 17 for the local “Man of Steel” premiere.

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