Zap2it caught up with Clark Kent’s ex-nemesis at the “American Idol” Top 12 party on Thursday night. Rosenbaum was fresh off of his first day on the set of “Breaking In.”
“Don’t you really want to ask the big question: Why are you at an ‘American Idol’ party? When I’m 38 years old?” he asks immediately. “My answer is it’s a FOX party. I didn’t even know it was for ‘American Idol.’ I just showed up, and there’s J.Lo pinching my butt cheeks.”
Once he answered that one, we got to the real big question. Why did he hold out so long before agreeing to come back to “Smallville”? It was a rough wait not only for the fans, but for the producers and his long-time friend Tom Welling.
“I always wanted to make it work,” he says, “but I was really busy. Adam [F. Goldberg], the creator of ‘Breaking In’ — he and I were creating a show that I created, that we sold to SyFy, so we’re still developing it. We also wrote a horror movie together. So we were just working a lot and I was doing a movie here or there.”
He sighs. “It’s so funny how the fans can get so intense.” He deepens his voice to an angry tone. “‘What is he doing that he can’t come back? George Clooney came back to ER, and he can’t? How big is he?’ I’m like, ‘Guys, God, relax.’ It’s not about that. So one day, I called the producers up, and I just said ‘Hey, I’m doing this new show, but I’d love to come back and finish what I started.'” He pauses and laughs. “Which I thought I finished three years ago, by the way, but, let’s do this. And they made it happen.”
Rosenbaum went to Vancouver about two weeks ago to shoot his final scenes, and he had a great time getting into character… with the help of a new accessory. “I had a bald cap that looked amazing,” he says. “I couldn’t shave my head because I was on ‘Breaking In.'”
He confesses that he did initially have a few reservations about going back to the “Smallville” set. “There were personal reasons why I quit ‘Smallville’ that no one really knows about, that I never really talk about. It was just personal things, that I just never talked about. It was nobody else’s business. But I never heard the end of it,” he says, chuckling. “Look, I always said I never thought it would last 10 seasons. I can barely have a relationship lasts 10 days. Ten years on a TV show? That’s a long time. But then they started calling me out. I finally said, ‘You know what guys? I want to do this. Let’s just do this.’ I want to do it the right way, I want to do it for the fans. I swear to God I did it for the fans. I never want to hear ‘Why didn’t you go back?’ I wanted it to end the way it should have.”
Now that all is said and done, Rosenbaum says he thinks that the final scenes between Clark and Lex are “excellent.” He was warmly welcomed back on the set by old friends. “It was so great. I went up there and guys that weren’t even working on the show anymore came to set to hang out. One guy brought me a joint,” he jokes. “I mean, it’s a real family.”
Rosenbaum and Welling had a great time working together again. “Tom and I had a wonderful time together,” he tells us. “We laughed a lot. I shot a couple of scenes with him.”
It wasn’t all laughter, though. Fans are going to have a very emotional finale experience come May — and they’re not the only ones. “I shot for 19 hours, and honestly, I had a tear in my eye at the end. I was like, ‘Man, this is really it,'” Rosenbaum says wistfully.
He did it for you, “Smallville” fans, and when “Breaking In” premieres on April 6 at 9:30 p.m., you’ll have the chance to repay the favor. “Hey, I came back, so now all I ask is I hope that my fans and everyone will tune into the new show,” Rosenbaum says. “I think ‘Breaking In’ is a lot of fun. I think it’s a really funny show. I love a good caper.”
And now, some news that is breaking in more ways than one: TVLine has confirmed that TV viewers will be getting a double helping of Michael Rosenbaum this spring, now that the actor — on top of his Smallville encore — has been booked for all seven episodes of the new Fox comedy Breaking In.
Rosenbaum cameos in the comedy’s pilot as Dutch, the “enterprising” (he peddles clean urine) boyfriend of Odette Yustman’s sexy safecracker. Producers were so pleased with the performance — as well as the character’s potential — that they set out to include him in the entire freshman run of episodes, which kicks off Wednesday, April 6
Production on the six remaining episodes began Monday in Los Angeles.
Breaking In stars Christian Slater as Oz, the head of a team of counter-security experts. Bret Harrison (Reaper) plays a new recruit who immediately is attracted to Yustman’s Melanie. As such, “We’re thinking about bringing Dutch into the office and making him a part of the team, and maybe play out that triangle a little bit,” exec producer Doug Robinson told me in January.
Also on the romantic front: Alyssa Milano (Charmed) appears in Episode 2 as Oz’s ex-wife, a potentially recurring role.
Yes, but what about Rosie’s return to Smallville for the two-hour series finale airing May 13? Fret not, superfriends: Rosenbaum wrapped his scenes last week in Vancouver, so you’ll get your long-awaited Lex appeal as planned.
Breaking In will air Wednesdays at 9:30/8:30c, leading out of American Idol.
Tribeca Enterprises have announced plans to release 26 films over the next year more than double the number released in 2010, Michael’s film Brother’s Justice is one of nine other titles to be released theatrically, on-demand video as well as other platforms throughout the coming year.
“Brother’s Justice. This Hollywood satire marks Dax Shepard’s directorial debut and is co-directed by David Palmer. The film follows Shepard as he makes the rash decision to abandon comedy in pursuit of his true dream: to become an internationally-renowned martial arts star. Winner of the audience award at the Austin Film Festival and an official selection of the Hollywood Film Festival, it features performances by Tom Arnold, Bradley Cooper, David Koechner, Michael Rosenbaum and Nate Tuck.”
I have uploaded screencaps from the new Breaking in promo and you can find them in the gallery:
After seven years and 160 episodes, Michael Rosenbaum thought he was finished portraying diabolical villain Lex Luthor on “Smallville.” Even though that was three years ago, the fans had been clamoring for his return ever since.
Rosenbaum finally relented, agreeing to appear in the two-hour CW series finale on May 13.
“I just felt like it was the right thing to do,” said Rosenbaum, a Castle High School and Western Kentucky University graduate.
“I felt the fans created the show and they followed me at such a level that I couldn’t say no. I was starting to hear voices. I felt after 160 episodes, that was it. But the fans didn’t think so. I’m doing it for them. I’ve got to make the fans happy. Lex is an integral part of the show. No one expects a show to last 10 years. I gave them seven years and I thought it was pretty commendable. Now it’s been on three more years. Clark is starting to look like he’s in his 30s.”
Lex and Clark Kent, portrayed by Tom Welling, are expected to meet in a final showdown.
“Obviously there’s unfinished business between Clark and Lex that have got to get resolved,” said Rosenbaum, who left the show three years ago for personal reasons. “Our future is depending on it.”
Unlike his earlier appearances, he plans to wear a bald cap.
“There are other projects that I am working on that require hair,” Rosenbaum said, laughing. “It takes four months to grow back.”
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