Screencaps from the trailer to Michael’s new film “Back in the Day.”
In last week’s podcast, Michael was asked about directing the Smallville episode “Freak”:
Q: “Were the actors instantly responsive?”
Michael: “You have to prove yourself. It was day one. I had to get performances, it was the biggest scene of the episode: Allison Mack, I had to have in tears; Tom’s intense. I could tell they were supportive. And then the next day, I took in some of the dailies “Watch this little scene right here" and I think their eyes sparkled: "Oh, he’s really looking out for us.” And when you get their trust, you can really do anything.”
From yesterday’s podcast: Michael describes his reaction to shooting the Smallville Pilot.
Michael: “It’s usually personality that’s gotten me where I am. I never considered myself “Wow, look at that handsome hunk walking down the street.” I never was that guy obviously. So then I shaved my head, and I had this big Matrix nodule thing on the back of my head, this nodule or whatever. So I’m like, wow, this is a pout, I’m standing here next to this six foot five hunk of a man model, Tom Welling and I’m like, where do I fit? There’s this beautiful Asian girl here…oh my god, they’re ALL pretty people!”
"And then I realized that Lex doesn’t have to be a hunk, does he? And I just stuck to my guns. I remember after the pilot though, I still thought I was going to be fired. At least, I got a pay cheque!"
From today’s podcast, Michael tells the story of director David Nutter showing him scenes they’d just shot from the pilot of Smallville.
Michael: “He played the opening of the pilot and then the scene with me where the car falls off the bridge and Clark rescues Lex and I had a tear in my eye….it was the first time I didn’t mind looking at myself on film.”
Michael was interviewed in a new podcast today!
On working with Tom:
"We worked together. We wanted to help each other out. I made a joke. I said: "Listen, Man. If we’re going to make it on this show, if it’s going to be a big success, there’s only room for one ego….and that’s me.” (laughs) We both laughed. And you know, from then on, I think we had one little tiff that lasted two seconds. We never fought. We got along.”
On making scenes work:
"Tom was a good leader and we got along really well…I think the great thing was, we really got a kick out of each other. I made him laugh, every day. …if a scene wasn’t working, I’d say to the director "let’s take five, let’s figure it out." So would Tom. Tom would say: "This isn’t working, man. I feel stupid." And then we’d talk about it and get it right and then we’d make it work."
Michael: “I had a karaoke machine in my trailer awhile. Usually, I sing by myself. Sometimes, I open the door and start singing. Finally, someone opens their door, either Tom Welling or Allison Mack, and they look at me and go, “What are you doing?!" I’m, like, "I’m singing, man, come on!" Every now and then I get Tom to sing with me, or maybe Allison…or Steve in wardrobe. We keep it entertaining."
Thank you for all the support Smallville fans have given this blog. As a way of saying thank you I’m holding a contest. This is for my followers, so you have to be following this blog to win. You can like, reblog and/or leave a message on this post and you’re entered. Every time your name appears in the notes you’ll get a number. At the end of November I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winner and 5 runners up.
The winner will get what’s in the picture above
1.) A Smallville Season 2 Companion Guide
2.) A behind the scenes picture of Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum from the Pilot, autographed by Michael Rosenbaum
3.) An autographed picture of guest star Tom Wopat
4.) A behind the scenes picture of Tom Welling from the episode Leech
5.) A behind the scenes picture of Allison Mack and Justin Hartley from the episode Collateral
6.) An episode still of Erica Durance and Sam Witwer from Bloodline
7.) Two Smallville Magazines
8.) A copy of TV Guide from 2005 with an article about Smallville
9.) A selection of Season 3 trading cards
10.) A selection of Season 5 trading cards
If you tell me your favorite actor from the show I’ll do my best to send you Smallville Magazines with them on the cover and include them in the selection of Season 5 trading cards (if possible). I don’t think postage will be too expensive, so it doesn’t matter where in the world you live, you’re still eligible.
Runners up will receive their prize via email
1.) A Smallville Season 8 poster featuring Clark/Tom Welling. It’s very high resolution. If you get it printed up it’ll be about 2’x3’ (or 60cmx80cm)
2.) A PDF of the shooting script for the episode Crush.
Again, you must be following this blog to be eligible. The contest ends November 30th. The winners will be announced on December 5th.
Thanks again, and good luck.
FYI Smallville fans
From the Paley Panel, 2004
Tom on Michael: "He has his own sort of discipline, we’ll call it that. He’s a perfectionist."
Annette: "I thought you were going to say pervert!"
Tom: “Well, that too.”
Two weeks ago at Dallascon2013, Michael told a story about Tom playing a prank on him:
Michael: "We had a lot of funny moments. We constantly made each other laugh, Tom Welling & I. We were constantly cracking each other up. I mean, you saw the out-takes, right? It was just nuts. One day, he put a giant bowl of chili in my toilet bowl. I’m walking to my trailer and Big Al (crew member) walks out and says "Hey, Michael! Sorry about that, brother!" I walk into my trailer and see chili all over the floor. It looks like crap! And I go "Al, what are you doing? Did you just crap in my…you didn’t even hit the toilet!" Everyone’s laughing and I look over and Welling is just red-faced, matching his stupid cape. So that’s the kind of relationship we all had."
Michael: “We go out there every day with the attitude of, “How can we make this scene better? How can we make it more real, or enhance the dialogue, or whatever it is?” It’s all about getting the job done, and we’re all about that. We’ll also goof off on the set. It’ll be 11:00 at night, and Tom will suddenly make faces, or I’ll do a John Malkovich impression during his close-up. The directors don’t know what to think, but on film, it works out. It’s all about having fun.” (2002)