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This is a fansite for the amazing Michael Rosenbaum, actor, writer, director, voice-over artist, and all round talented and driven man. You may know him from his work as Lex Luthor on Smallville but if that is all you have seen you are really missing out!! Michael has visited the site and really liked it he also approved of our raising awareness of multiple sclerosis. Here at Michael Rosenbaum Online you will find everything you need to know about this talented actor, writer and comedian including a section for fans and a comprehensive gallery with over 63000 images and videos.

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  • “With all the horror in the world and all the crap that`s going on, for an hour and a half you go eat some popcorn and laugh with your friends. That`s what a movie is all about.”

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May 2010 – I will not post videos or photos that invade Michael's privacy this does not include set photos, fan taken photos or any photographs from events. However I have long been against paparazzi pictures and videos of celebrities that invade their privacy and will therefore no longer post them here or in the gallery.

breaking in

mroOK now we need to pull together to save this incredible show so go to facebook and twitter and lets show Fox that the fans want this show and this is something that will count no matter what country you are in! This is an incredible show with so much potential we cannot let them cancel it without a fight! So go to Save Breaking in on Facebook and Twitter click like, and #SaveBreakingIn to let Fox know we want this show to stay!

mroCan Breaking In come back from the dead a second time? Well, it is possible. I hear that Fox may reconsider the bombshell Tuesday night cancellation of the midseason comedy starring Christian Slater. Fox is in discussions with Breaking In producer Sony Pictures TV about possible ways to bring the show back next season, though no decision is expected to be made until after the upfronts last week. If it comes back from a second cancellation, Breaking In will become an instant TV legend as I can’t think of another show that has done it more than once. For those who don’t know the back story, Breaking In was Fox’s highest-testing pilot last season but the network ended up passing on it last May, instead giving series orders to Raising Hope, Running Wilde and Traffic Light. Sony TV didn’t give up, extending the options on the cast when they expired. Fox proceeded to order additional scripts and eventually picked up the show to series in November. Breaking In debuted strong, with the premiere ranking as the highest-rated Fox live-action comedy telecast in over 3 years with the best lead-in retention for a sitcom airing after American Idol in 4 years. The series, created by Adam Goldberg and Seth Gordon, subsequently slipped but remained consistent and, with such a short midseason run, was considered almost a lock for a second tryout next season.

Source: deadline.com – Breaking in to get another chance

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Breaking in Needs you!!!

Fans are already rallying around to save Breaking in from being cancelled by Fox! Please go to this site and sign the petition and tell everyone all about it on twitter and facebook and everywhere else!

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Michael did a really funny and entertaining interview with Attack of the show where he talks about Smallville and Breaking in

Source: g4tv.com video interview

I have also uploaded screencaps from this interview to the gallery click the picture to see them:

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I have uploaded the screencaps from last night’s episode of Breaking in to the gallery another brilliant episode and Michael totally stole the show again I just loved it click the picture to see the goodies:

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mro For seven years, Michael Rosenbaum played TV’s evil genius du jour as Lex Luthor on “Smallville,” but after 150 plus episodes and countless Bic razors, Michael retired his villain cackle for good. Well, almost. Lex rises again in this Friday’s two-part series finale since the fans, and Michael, wouldn’t rest until Clark his lifelong nemesis were reunited.

In the years between Metropolis trips, Michael filled his time — and resume — with a smattering of indies and a scenestealing role on Fox’s just (sadly) canceled “Breaking In.” I caught up with Michael prior to the show’s untimely demise to talk about his long overdue return to comedy and penchant for on-air stripping, before talk turned to pre-fame Michael.

That’s when I truly got a sense of what a fantastically complex and dynamic guy he is — something Michael owes in part to his mother.

PopWrap: After playing Lex Luthor for so long it has to be nice to try out a 180 degree different character.
Michael Rosenbaum: Oh my god, it’s such a treat. With Lex, it was Armani suits every day. Now I can just frost my tips and tuck my jeans into my Uggs and go to work. I like mixing it up, which is what was so hard playing a character for so long. I was itching to do something else – that’s why I got into this business: to be anyone but me.

PW: Plus it doesn’t hurt that you have to constantly manhandle Odette [Annable].
Michael: It’s so difficult, man. To have to kiss her takes a lot of preparation. I just have to imagine that it’s someone else [laughs]. Honestly though, she’s not only stunning, but like the coolest chick. She’s just like a cool sister.

PW: That you make out with.
Michael: Well, I am from Indiana. So … it’s not unheard of.

PW: Dutch not only has an awesome girlfriend, but one of the coolest wardrobes on television. One that’s unrivaled in its absurdity.
Michael: I actually get excited when I find out what’s going to be in my closet every day. Same with the costume designers – they’ll come up to me and say, “wait till you see the winner we have for you today!” One day it’s a onesie jumpsuit with fireballs on it, other days I’m shirtless and they oil me up…

PW: Or covered in sushi.
Michael [laughs] Oh god. From here on out, I’m naked three or four more times.

PW: Which might be the best promotion possible for your fans.
Michael: [laughs] I don’t know about that, we might lose fans if you put it out there too much. It’s fun. I keep reading scripts and I’m always shirtless … sometimes with nunchucks. My buddy Adam Goldberg created the show and is like, “isn’t that funny?” and all it means to me is I have to go to the gym. Comedy is just not worrying what you look like – take it from the lubed up guy covered in sushi. If people laugh, then it’s worth it.

PW: The “Breaking In” season finale is a “21 Jump Street” homage, if we were to meet Michael in High School, who would he be?
Michael: I was the shortest kid out of almost 400 kids in high school. No joke. I was five feet tall, under 100 pounds as a senior. I couldn’t get nailed in woodshop [laughs]. I only grew six inches after graduation. It was grueling. You look back and I remember thinking “I’m gonna get out of here, I’m going to do something” and I was fortunate enough that the hard work paid off. I was pretty lost in high school, didn’t know what I wanted to do,

PW: When did the acting bug bite you?
Michael: I did “Grease” senior year where I played Vince Fontaine. I’ll never forget it, I was so nervous, but it got me out of my shell. I remember the next day this popular kid goes, “hey, you were pretty funny.” Now that was a big deal because I was nerd. It was my “ah ha” moment. When I realized, if I’m not myself, that’s better [laughs]. It took that to really catapult me to the next level where I knew I wanted to do it. So I went to college and focused on that. It definitely resonated and made me feel accepted at something. It gave me enough confidence to do it again. And again. And again.

PW: A lot of funny people say that painful childhoods made them funnier — would you agree? mro
Michael: I remember always knowing there was something odd about me, and in fifth grade we had a talent show. If you did it, you could get three A’s in any subject. And I wasn’t very good in school. My dad was really smart. 1420 SAT’s and I wanted to take music 10 times. So my mother dressed me up as Pat Benatar for the talent show, and I sang “Shadows of the Night.” She put lipstick on me and fake boobs — now remember, I’m a Jew in Indiana. The class just sat there, mouths agape, while I sang. They just didn’t know what to think of me. I thought it was funny, no one else did. But come one – it was fifth grade and I just sang “Shadows of the Night” in full drag.

PW: So we have your mother to thank for “Sorority Boys” and “Sweet November?”
Michael: [laughs] Right! She contributed for sure. I was always a bit of an extravert and for a long time people didn’t get it, but eventually – thank god, they did.

PW: Oh, I think people more than “get it” — especially after eight years on “Smallville.” Did the endurance of that show surprise you?
Michael: I never would have expected it in a million years. If you looked up irony in the dictionary, you’d see a picture of 100 pound me in high school next to the name Lex Luthor. I think anyone who knew me, thought it was a joke. I remember shaving my head and learning the lines and thinking, “they’re going to fire me. No one will believe me as Lex Luthor. No way! This evil genius? Come on. There’s no way.” I was nervous also because fans of the genre stuff are so fiercely loyal. They don’t like when you mess with history. But I was fortunate that they created this character so well for so long. It’s pretty crazy to think that we’re at the end of it now. But it’s great because thanks to “Smallville,” I’ll never just be “the funny guy.” I think if I did it backwards, it wouldn’t have worked. Had I done all this comedy and then tried to play Lex, people might not have bought it.

PW: There was some question as to whether you’d come back for the finale — did you finally say yes for the fans or because you wanted to be involved?
Michael: Both. Partly because I didn’t want to let them down. I never wanted to hear “why didn’t you go back?” At the same time, a big part of me just wanted to go back, wrap it up and say good-bye. For a long time, I didn’t know when the show would end — I kinda thought I’d be getting Medicare by the time “Smallville” actually ended [laughs]. But once it hit me that this was the series finale, I had to be a part of it. This show started with Lex and Clark, it had to end with Lex and Clark. I always thought deep down it would work out so I could return. And that was one of the best days of my life. Emotional & nerve-wracking — it felt like day one again.

PW: Are you happy with how the show ends?
Michael: Very. But at the end of the day, it’s amazing that we get paid to do this – acting is such a gift. The fact people want to see me play a mythological evil superhero genius is incredible. I feel very lucky.

“Breaking In” airs tonight at 9:30 on Fox, while the two-hour “Smallville” series finale airs Friday at 8pm on The CW

Source: nypost.com – Michael Rosenbaum talks Smallville finale, his career

mro Comedy showrunners, you’re on notice: You need to hire this guy ASAP Rosenbaum was long the best thing about ‘Smallville,’ but he demonstrated some serious comedy chops as a sweetly obnoxious douchenozzle in this slight comedy. He killed in every scene he was in, so much so that I’d watch a show that was just about that fauxhawked doofus. But seriously, someone needs to take full advantage of Rosenbaum’s comedic and dramatic skills. Now.

Source: tvsquad.com – After Fox cancellations

mro Yes you heard it right the brilliant and funny Breaking in has been cancelled by Fox! They didnt learn from their mistake with Firefly and let this series find it’s feet. Earlier Michael Rosenbaum tweeted this and confirmed the terrible news:

“Breaking In cancelled. Had an amazing time & love my talented pal [writer] Adam F Goldberg. Thanks for support guys. I truly loved this cast. A sad day.”

But you can do something if you are on Twitter follow @SaveBreakingIn and if you are in the US watch the show tonight do not record it or download it and maybe Fox will come to their senses and save our Dutch!

The wonderful cast of Breaking in have let us see the filming process from their point of view and started giving us video diaries!

I have added screencaps from this to the gallery just click the picture to see them:

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mro After 10 super seasons, Smallville flies off into the sunset next Friday (May 13, 8/7c, The CW). To make the two-hour event even more epic, fan fave — and Breaking In scene stealer — Michael Rosenbaum is back as Lex Luthor to mess with Clark one last time and to give fans what they’ve been asking since he left the show three years ago. In this exclusive interview, he runs down what we should expect from Lex… and the show’s very last episode.

TV Guide Magazine: OK, what took so damn long?
Rosenbaum: It just never quite clicked, and I felt like I had accomplished what I needed to. I’m so flattered that the fans wanted me back, but I was busy. I was doing other things, working on me, growing my hair. [Laughs]

TV Guide Magazine: How did that go for ya?
Rosenbaum: [Laughs] I got a new agent about a year ago and I said that I wanted to take a general meeting with every executive in town, because if you just tell them my name, they will associate me with Smallville. Let me go in there and charm them. And that’s what I’ve been doing, trying to reestablish who I am.

TV Guide Magazine: So why come back now?
Rosenbaum: I was about to do [Breaking In] and realized that if I don’t do this now, it’s never gonna happen. And the fans will never forgive me. I owed them. And you know, I wanted to do it.

TV Guide Magazine: And how was it?
Rosenbaum: I am so thankful that I did this. It was probably one of the best days of filming I have ever had. I didn’t want it to end.

TV Guide Magazine: Like old home week, huh?
Rosenbaum: People, former crew members — who weren’t even working on the show anymore — came to see me. It was like a big family, their arms were open wide and welcoming. And I was so nervous. I’ve said this before, but I was like “Oh my God, can I do this? It’s been three years. I have hair now…is the bald cap gonna work?” Everything came together, the bald cap worked, the scenes I did were really fun and good and layered, and Tom was great. It was like I never left. And that is true…I know people sugarcoat things, but I would tell you if someone was an a–hole.

TV Guide Magazine: Sounds awesome.
Rosenbaum: This was actually one of the best experiences. I wish it had worked out earlier, but this was clearly the right time. I left, then I came back for one last time. And I think fans will really like the episode. And I will never have to hear, “Why didn’t you go back?” I think that would haunt me.

TV Guide Magazine: What does Lex do?
Rosenbaum: Hmmm…his plan of cloning spare parts worked, only there’s a big twist. And there is a first-time ever scene with my sister Tess [Cassidy Freeman]. I also have a great scene with Clark [Tom Welling] that will launch them each into their destinies as adversaries.

TV Guide Magazine: This was your first time meeting Cassidy? We love her.
Rosenbaum: Yeah. And she is great! I was like, attracted to her! We were working on a scene and firing back-and-forth, and people were saying how it was like we’d been working together for years! I remember three years ago, her agent, who was my old agent, called and said, “Hey would you talk to Cassidy? She’s replacing you.” And I said, “First of all, nobody replaces me.” [Laughs] I said, “She’s not a replacement, she’s a new character…and yes, I will talk to her.” And when she asked for advice, I just told her to go up there, they’re all amazing and that she was gonna love it. Three years later, we’re finally meeting face-to-face.

TV Guide Magazine: This scene with Tom…is this the roots of President Lex Luthor?
Rosenbaum: You know, I’m not gonna answer that. [Laughs] You’re just gonna have to wait.

TV Guide Magazine: Hey, had to try. Congrats on Breaking In, by the way.
Rosenbaum: Aww, thanks. You’re too kind. I adore this freaking cast. Talk about support! They always make fun of me, because when we’re in a take, sometimes I’ll say, “Hey guys, I’m gonna do a series,” which means I’m gonna do a line three times in a row, in different ways, change it up a little. So now a lot of the cast will be like, “I’m gonna do a Rosenbaum!” [Laughs]

TV Guide Magazine: Bret Harrison says you’re amazing at improvising.
Rosenbaum: You know, that is very nice. Bill Murray is amazing at improv. I am just…that is very nice. I’m working at it. Bret Harrison and my grandmother are very great.

TV Guide Magazine: Well, you’re killing it as Dutch on the show. Are you more comfortable doing comedy?
Rosenbaum: I have to say yeah. You know, I’m quirky…I like to mix it up. I love playing this douchey character with frosted tips and Uggs.

TV Guide Magazine: What episode do you remember most fondly from your years on Smallville?
Rosenbaum: The one with the old lady, I think it was in “Hourglass” where I become the president in the future. The one with the foreshadowing, I touch the daisies and they turn into skeletons and blood rains from the sky. I always liked that, I remember it vividly, working with [director] Greg Beeman, who is one of my closest friends.

TV Guide Magazine: Do you have a favorite moment?
Rosenbaum: Wow, there’s so many. I think one of my favorites was the finale, being with the crew again, working with Tom one last time. It was certainly emotional.

Source: tvguide.com – Michael Rosenbaum opens up about Lex’s finale return to Smallville