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July 19, 2006 15:46 ET

"Superman Returns" Director Bryan Singer Pays Super Tribute to Friend Darren Romeo

BRANSON, MO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 19, 2006 -- In a never before released video of Bryan Singer, director of the smash summer blockbuster "Superman Returns," Singer states that his old friend, Darren Romeo, the sole protégé of Siegfried & Roy, is what comes to mind when he thinks of Superman.

"When I think of Superman, the first image that comes to my mind is probably Darren Romeo...," jokes Singer in the video. "And had he been better looking and a bit taller... then who knows, history might've been different."

The video was taped to celebrate Romeo's "Magician of the Year" Award in 2004 presented by Hollywood's famed Magic Castle. Singer, who's been known to have a great sense of humor, playfully stars in this tongue in cheek message to Romeo, which was taped in Sydney, Australia during the shooting of "Superman Returns." This footage exemplifies the wonderful friendship and great sense of humor that these two artists share. The video is funny, candid, and heartwarming and can be viewed on Darren Romeo's website at:

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About Darren Romeo

Named after music legend Bobby Darin, Darren Romeo, better known to his fans as "Romeo," grew up to the songs of his namesake and other music legends. However, his first love was magic. It wasn't until high school that Romeo discovered his passion for singing, through leading roles in musicals including "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Pippin."

It was his musical theatre dramatics that eventually led to his unique approach to the performance of magic. Acknowledging that there's something magical about music, Romeo set out to meld the two disciplines. Though he explored all types of music, Romeo was tremendously influenced by the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber whose compositions are featured in several pieces in Romeo's show.

Romeo was named Magician of the Year 2004 by the Academy of Magical Arts Awards, Magic Castle, Hollywood, California and Best Show 2004 by the BransonCritic Awards. In 2004 Romeo was also honored for his exceptional contributions to magic and performance by The Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.). With a growing fan base, accolades as Best Show 2005 by the BransonCritic Awards and more -- fate, destiny and the future appear quite bright for this talented entertainer. Romeo can be seen these days on national media outlets such as "Entertainment Tonight," "Access Hollywood," "Extra," "The Insider" and Details Magazine.

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