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SOAP'S NEW STAR: Man of Sheil; SAM AUDITIONED TO BE THE NEW SUPERMAN..NOW HE'S STARRING IN RIVER CITY AS A LIVINGSTON FOOTBALLER EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: STEVE HENDRY

SAM HEUGHAN could have been flying up, up and away as Hollywood's new Superman but instead he's Shieldinch-bound.

The young Scot is joining River City as a flash footballer but he came within a rivet of donning the Man of Steel's famous cape in director Bryan Singer's new blockbuster.

Sam, 24, auditioned for the part of Clark Kent and his heroic alter-ego - famously played the the late actor Christopher Reeve - in Los Angeles last summer.

He spent almost three months in talks over the role before losing out to American hunk Brandon Routh.

But having made a name for himself in America - he has already followed in the footsteps of Colin Farrell and played Alexander the Great in a yet-to-be-released movie - Sam insists there are no hard feelings.

He said: 'Short of landing the role, it went very well. It was a superb experience and it was my first time out there.

'It was completely surreal, seriously talking about whether or not you are going to do this role for the next eight years.

'I remember one meeting with Bryan Singer when he said, 'Right, do Clark Kent. Now do Superman'. Even he thought it was surrealSam won't be wearing tights and a cape in River City but he will be donning the strip of Livingston Football Club as star striker Andrew Murray.

He said: 'It's a great opportunity for me. It's a great training ground for any actor.

'The set's brilliant and it seems a really well-run place with a lot of good actors. I'm really looking forward to itSam's set to bring a bit of bling to Shieldinch as Andrew has a love of fast cars and designer clothes.

He said: 'He's not just your standard footballer. There's a bit more to him.

'He comes from an upper-class family with a lot of money behind him and it's maybe a rebellious streak in him that he's not gone off to uni and got a proper job.

'All I can say is he is attracted to Shieldinch by someone he likes and once he arrives decides he wants to stay.'

Sam, who grew up in New Galloway, Dumfriesshire, studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow where he was nominated as Most Promising Newcomer.

He recently starred as a spy in the ITV mini-series Island At War, set in the Channel Islands during World War Two

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Fast worker: Sam's River City character may not be faster than a speeding bullet... but his flash car can move pretty quick; Screen hero: Reeve as Superman
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Date:Mar 6, 2005
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