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Michael now has two Podcasts

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A ‘lost’ Smallville and Justice League interview

Back when production of Smallville‘s fourth season was gearing up for production, VFK editor Ed Gross had the opportunity to speak to series star Michael Rosenbaum not only about continuing his role of Lex Luthor on the series, but his voice work as The Flash in Cartoon Network’s animated Justice League series. This interview has never appeared online before. The interview is being presented as it was written back then.

Talking to Michael Rosenbaum is an exercise in schizophrenia. On the one hand you’re seeing Lex Luthor from Smallville, on the other you’re hearing the voice of the Flash from the animated Justice League or you’re finding yourself joined by the likes of Kevin Spacey and Christopher Walken, whose voices and mannerisms the actor effortlessly slips in to. It would be a little disquieting if it wasn’t so much damn fun.

When Smallville began its run on the WB four seasons ago, Rosenbaum was continually asked how he was going to handle the comparisons to Gene Hackman, who had immortalized Lex in the Christopher Reeve films. “From watching the Superman movies, I was always a big Lex Luthor fan,” he explains. “You have to love Gene Hackman. You can’t get around that. I was scared to think people were going to say, ‘He’s not Gene Hackman.’ But I was really doing a character before the character was developed. Everybody was seeing Lex Luthor as a villain. So for me, I wanted him to have vulnerability and a reality to this character. I just wanted to play it real and go with the writing that they were giving me and just trust it. But, you know, in truth I just think I got lucky.”

Although he was born in New York, Rosenbaum was raised in Indiana, where, while in high school, he developed a passion to perform. He acted in school plays and continued to do so when he entered Western Kentucky University. Upon graduating with a Backer of Arts in theater degree, he moved to New York where he scored roles in a number of Off-Broadway and independent plays.

Beginning in 1999, he started to score voice work that has carried him through episodes of Batman Beyond, The Wild Thornberrys, Static Shock, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, The Zeta Project and, of course, Justice League. His film credits include Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), Urban Legend (1998), Eyeball Eddie (2000), Sorority Boys and Poolhall Junkies (both 2002), Bringing Down the House (2003) and the forthcoming Cursed.

This fall he commences the fourth season of Smallville, bringing Lex further down the inevitable road to darkness.

VOICES FROM KRYPTON:The world needs to know: is voicing the Flash as much fun as it looks?

MICHAEL ROSENBAUM: You know why it’s fun? I love the cast, obviously, they’re a lot of fun, we laugh a lot, do different impersonations and do goofy voices, because we’re all hams. The creators and Andrea Romano, who is the one sitting behind the plexiglass directing the actors, just speeds everything up and it’s fun. On top of that, it’s nice to go from the dark side – or playing a character who’s going that way anyway – and then coming here and doing the guy who’s doing all the one-liners. It’s always fun to be the funny guy; the guy who just makes you laugh. When everything’s bad, just leave it to Flash to crack a joke or hit on Hawkgirl. Actually, he should hit on Wonder Woman a little more. He calls her Dirty Diana [laughs].

VOICES FROM KRYPTON: In the final episode of Justice League in its initial incarnation – “Star Crossed” – there was a great moment when you reveal your secret identities to each other. I thought you played Flash’s awkwardness great.

ROSENBAUM: I leave it up to Bruce Timm and those guys. They know exactly how it’s going to be animated – obviously – so when they give me directions, I don’t quite get it, but then when I see it I go, “Oh, okay, that makes sense.” So it’s direction, too, and I’ve got to give credit where it’s due.

VOICES FROM KRYPTON: Obviously on Smallville you get to actually perform some amazing scenes in front of the camera, but when you’re in the recording studio acting out something like Old Time Radio, is that creatively exciting?

ROSENBAUM: I try to be as free as I can with everything that I do. I feel the more open I am and the more I lose my inhibitions, the better I am as an actor. It’s good to have fear, it keeps you driven and when your nerves are rattling, it actually fuels my fire. It’s the same both on screen and when you’re doing the voice. You start going and you start doing your lines and people are kind of laughing or it feels like it’s going right, it just gets better and better. If you’re off to a bad start, you have to somehow turn it around and think of something else. In a way I compare myself to a situation that I heard Rodney Dangerfield had had while making Caddyshack. He had never acted before. He was a comedian, so he was used to people laughing at everything he said. When the camera was rolling and he was doing his lines. You know [breaks into Dangerfield impersonation], “Hey, how you doing? Hey, waiter, nice hat.” [back to normal] But no one was laughing. When the director yelled “Cut!”, he looks at one of the costars and says, [back to Dangerfield] “I’m bombing out there. No one’s laughing.” [back to normal] “They can’t. They’ve got to be quiet, because they’ll be recorded and filmed.” It’s like that for me when I’m performing. That’s why I miss the theater so much; it’s that instant gratification; that moment when you say something, you feel that energy, whether it’s passion or it’s comedy. I do miss that. But you have to trust your instincts. The older I get, the wiser I get – I guess. I don’t know about wiser, but the more comfortable I get.

VOICES FROM KRYPTON: Why don’t we go with wiser?

ROSENBAUM: Probably a good idea.

VOICES FROM KRYPTON: Looking back at year three of Smallville, I’m curious what your feelings are about Lex’s overall arc.

ROSENBAUM: I just talked to Jordan Levin [who at the time was President of the WB] and Al Gough and Miles Millar, and I have a feeling that we’re going to get a little dirtier this year. I think things are just going to start coming out, which is nice. Although this sounds redundant, I think it’s inevitable that I become evil, but it’s also great because the audience is just, like, “Of course this is why he’s becoming bad.” I kind of have that opportunity to become more evil because they know what I’ve gone through. I’m almost being forgiven for becoming evil, which is really a nice take on it. I continue to be careful and try to be as ambiguous as I can with the character. I don’t want to give too much away, but I think this next season we’re really going to go into the relationship between me and Clark, get deeper into that. Probably dig into the past a little bit and they’re supposed to introduce some new characters, so we’ll see what happens.

VOICES FROM KRYPTON: One of the things I’ve found frustrating is that Lex and Clark are supposed to be best friends – why don’t they go to the circus or hiking together? Do something.

ROSENBAUM: Yeah, why don’t they go on a trip? A lot of the fans would like something like that.

VOICES FROM KRYPTON: All we’re getting are those little moments, not those scenes where you get to see them really bond.

ROSENBAUM: How about Magic Mountain or we go and take the Superman ride at Six Flags?

VOICES FROM KRYPTON: Now you’re being sarcastic [both laugh].

ROSENBAUM: I’m laying it on you pretty thick, Ed. To tell you the truth, I’ve thought about that, too. They’re best friends and all they do really is give each other advice and talk to each other when they have to or when something’s up. Yeah, why don’t they sit around and drink a few beers? You know what? I’m actually going to ask Al and Miles about that.

VOICES FROM KRYPTON: It’s just that the fall will ultimately be more powerful if you get the sense of a genuine friendship there.

ROSENBAUM: We could jump on the Luthor jet and fly over to Metropolis or have dinner and just hang out. You know, there are those fans who want Clark and Lex to get together. It kind of makes me laugh, but if we went out to dinner or on a trip, they would just eat that up and it would give them plenty to talk about.

VOICES FROM KRYPTON: When you look at the last two episodes of the season, you walk away with the feeling that you could do a spinoff called The Luthors and it would be just as interesting.

ROSENBAUM: It would really be a cross between Smallville and Dynasty. It would be pretty fun. Especially once I become evil: it would be a show called Luthor and it would be about all of these horrible things I do. It’s amazing what you could do with that, because all of these other characters could come into the picture. You could bring Batman in, because they obviously have a relationship; and, of course, Superman.

VOICES FROM KRYPTON: It’s just that the character is so interesting and the stuff between Lex and Lionel is pretty amazing.

ROSENBAUM:I give a lot of credit to John Glover. I always feel compelled to be more prepared. Not that I’m ill-prepared for other scenes or other actors, but I just feel that if I’m at my best, I’m only going to be better with him. We all goof around a lot, but I’m very passionate and John is very passionate, so when we work together, I guess we inadvertently create a little magic between us. We try to up the ante every time we’re together, because we’re going into season four and if you don’t try and make things more interesting, they become stagnant. Not to discredit the writers, but you’ve gotta keep doing your thing while they’re doing theirs. They’ve got to keep writing and we have to keep coming up with better stuff. It’s very collaborative. But we have such a good time. There have been times when we’re super close-up – actually I just approved a gag reel where there’s this close up in which he’s talking to me very intensely and I pretend that I’m going to kiss him and we all laugh. He just responds, “Michael, damn it!”

VOICES FROM KRYPTON: I thought a defining moment for Lex this season was “Talisman,” when Lex sets himself up as the hero of the story rather than the villain.

ROSENBAUM: To me it is pretty obvious, though I think very clever at the same time. It says a lot. It’s just a great foreshadowing into the future, saying that it’s going to take a strong guy to take care of business. I definitely saw that right away.

VOICES FROM KRYPTON: As far as playing Flash and playing Lex, is there something special knowing that you are transcending doing just another acting job and becoming part of the legacy of these characters?

ROSENBAUM: Of all of the things that I’ve done, this will stand the test of time. Twenty-five years from now when my kids are watching TV, I throw in this and they’ll be, like, “You were Lex Luthor?” I hope that they find it as cool as I do and I hope they find it as cool as a lot of people do. It’s history. It’s been around for a long time and it’s wonderful to be given the opportunity to play such a legendary character. If there’s one thing I’ll always appreciate and admire or look back on and say, “Wow,” it would be working on Smallville. And besides that, you just know that 25 years from now if nothing’s going right, you can do some convention somewhere. Did you ever see the movie Galaxy Quest? What a great movie, and I keep thinking, “You know what? Worse comes to worse, I gotta pay for the house, I know what I’ve got to do.”

Source: voicesfromkrypton.net – Smallville Justice League Lost interview with Michael Rosenbaum

Michael nominated in the Portal awards

mroIt’s summer time, and that means only one thing. It’s time for the Porties!

Airlock Alpha announces the 2011 Portal Award nominees, with 15 television shows, five movies and some of the biggest names in the genre competing for a spot in the winner’s circle of the 12th installment of the awards.

Leading the way are both a newcomer and a fan favorite: HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Fox’s “Fringe.” Both received seven nominations, including Best Series/Television.

They were followed closely behind by “Doctor Who” with six nominations, “Stargate: Universe” with five nominations and “Caprica” with four. Rounding out television nominees were “Warehouse 13” with three nominations, “The Walking Dead” and “V” with two, and both “The Cape” and “Smallville” with one.

Of those 10 shows, only half will return for eligibility next year, since the others were either cancelled or simply ended their runs.

On the movie side, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” led the way with seven nominations including multiple Best Actor and Best Actress nominations, and Best Movie.

“Inception” and “Thor” had three nominations each, while “The Adjustment Bureau” and “Tron: Legacy” earned one nomination each.

Elisabeth Sladen, who passed away this past spring after becoming an icon in the Doctor Who franchise, receives her first shot at the Gene Roddenberry Award, which honors lifetime achievement. She was nominated along with “Super 8” director J.J. Abrams, former Star Trek torchbearer Rick Berman, “Star Trek” mastermind Gene L. Coon, and author H.G. Wells.

Five classic television shows are trying to reach a hall of fame of their own with the Rod Serling Award. Looking to join a class that includes the original “Star Trek,” the original “Twilight Zone,” the original “Doctor Who” and last year’s winner “Star Trek: The Next Generation” are “Babylon 5,” the original “Battlestar Galactica,” “Quantum Leap,” “Space: 1999” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”

Fans will have a chance to choose from each category once per day for 30 days beginning June 25 right here at Airlock Alpha.

The Portal Awards, formerly known as the SyFy Genre Awards, were first handed out in 1999, and have since attracted hundreds of thousands of ballots from genre fans from all over the world.mro

Here are this year’s nominees:

BEST ACTOR/Television
Sean Bean, “Game of Thrones”
Joshua Jackson, “Fringe”
Andrew Lincoln, “Walking Dead”
Eddie McClintock, “Warehouse 13”
Matt Smith, “Doctor Who”

BEST ACTRESS/Television
Karen Gillan, “Doctor Who”
Summer Glau, “The Cape”
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Paula Malcomson, “Caprica”
Anna Torv, “Fringe”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR/Television
David Blue, “Stargate: Universe”
Robert Carlyle, “Stargate: Universe”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
John Noble, “Fringe”
Saul Rubinek, “Warehouse 13”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS/Television
Morena Baccarin, “V”
Jane Badler, “V”
Alaina Huffman, “Stargate: Universe”
Allison Scagliotti, “Warehouse 13”
Polly Walker, “Caprica”

BEST EPISODE/Television
Apotheosis, “Caprica”
The Doctor’s Wife, “Doctor Who”
Epilogue, “Stargate: Universe”
Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, “Fringe”
Winter Is Coming, “Game of Thrones”

BEST SERIES/Television
Doctor Who
Fringe
Game of Thrones
Stargate: Universe
The Walking Dead

BEST MOVIE
The Adjustment Bureau
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
Inception
Thor
Tron: Legacy

BEST ACTOR/Movie
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Inception”
Ralph Fiennes, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”
Rupert Grint, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”
Chris Hemsworth, “Thor”
Daniel Radcliffe, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”

BEST ACTRESS/Movie
Emily Blunt, “The Adjustment Bureau”
Helena Bonham Carter, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”
Ellen Page, “Inception”
Natalie Portman, “Thor”
Emma Watson, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”

GENE RODDENBERRY AWARD
J.J. Abrams
Rick Berman
Gene L. Coon
Elisabeth Sladen
H.G. Wells

ROD SERLING AWARD
Babylon 5
Battlestar Galactica (original)
Quantum Leap
Space: 1999
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

BEST SPECIAL GUEST/Television
Michael Gambon, “A Christmas Carol,” Doctor Who
Alex Kingston, “Day of the Moon,” Doctor Who
Christopher Lloyd, “The Firefly,” Fringe
Leonard Nimoy, “Lysergic Acid Diethylamide,” Fringe
Michael Rosenbaum, “Finale,” Smallville

BEST YOUNG ACTOR
Isaac Hempstead-Wright, “Game of Thrones”
Chloe Moretz, “Let Me In”
Daniel Radcliffe, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”
Alessandra Torresani, “Caprica”
Maisie Williams, “Game of Thrones”

BEST WEBSITE
Dark Horizons
GateWorld
i09
TrekMovie
Whedonesque

Source: airlockalpha.com – Game of thrones, Fringe lead 2011 Portal awards

Greg Beeman blogs about the Smallville finale

Greg Beeman has written a really nice blog entry about his time filming Smallville’s finale with Michael I have added the parts where he talks about Michael below be aware there are spoilers you can read the full entry at Beaming Beeman as well as other behind the scenes photos of all the cast:

mroOf course, the most exciting thing was to have Lex return after all this time. Michael really wanted to come back, but he was on a new show (FOX’s “Breaking In” – which had completed the pilot and was just about to begin filming episodes.) I hope I tipped the scales a bit when I called him and told him that I was directing and how pumped I was. Anyway – he soon committed to doing the finale’ and I’m sure you are all as glad as I was.

Of course, because of his new show he couldn’t shave his head as he had in the past – so a bald cap was in order. We were nervous about it, but it was very well done and I think looked good in the end.

Because of Michael’s shooting schedule on his FOX show he could only shoot for one day – A Saturday, about a week before we started filming the rest of the episode. Lex’s character wasn’t in those first red pages I read – but I know Kelly and Brian had plan “B” just in case. Nevertheless, Kelly and Brian rushed to polish the scenes and Michael showed up on a Friday to test the bald cap and get oriented. We filmed all his scenes in one day – a Saturday. (My favorite cool idea of these scenes was when we pull away from the window and the Luthorcorp logo crashes down revealing the “X” in the support structure)

I have to say – that day with Michael was probably the funniest day I’ve had in my career. Michael and I feel the same way about the SMALLVILLE crew – they are our family and we love them! Michael – over the years had learned to mimic and imitate almost everyone on the crew. We were all in a production meeting when he first arrived to much applause and hugs – and it wasn’t two minutes later before he was doing his famous imitation and the room exploded in laughter.

The scenes were no different. Tom and Michael fell right back into their on screen relationship. Even though the Lex/Clark scene and the Lex/Tess scene are mrovery intense and Michael came up with his usual genius subtle performance – Michael and I are both notorious cutups and together we’re twice as bad – between takes was non-stop, sidesplitting, raucous laughter, including us serenading each other with “Oh Sherry” from opposite sides of a massive soundstage. At one point -Michael in his white “President Lex” suit and black glove was standing in front of a green screen telling off-color jokes. I’m off camera yelling, “We’re rolling Michael…” “We’re rolling Michael.” But he still does, like, a five-minute standup act… Oh my God what a day!!!!

By the way my hat is off to Cassidy Freeman for her scene with Michael. They had never worked together, or even met (as far as I know.) She stepped up and crushed the scene – I think her work in that scene is subtle and intense. A long long time ago I read a quote from Robert DeNiro that, in life people put a lot more energy into hiding their emotions from each other than showing them – and that most actors get this wrong. I agree and I always try to direct performance with this intention – Feel the emotion, but then disguise it or re-direct it. The more layers an actors performance can have the better. Cassidy and I worked on the idea that there was an ongoing relationship with Lex and a great love and gratitude to him from her. But also all the pain and betrayal that she has gone though to get here. We talked about how she was entering the scene knowing she would probably never leave the room alive and that she had to disguise her true intentions throughout. Also, that even in the final moment of her death she still loves Lex. That’s a lot of complex stuff in a short scene. What always interests me most is not the dialogue but the moments between the lines – it’s in the pauses that you can read truth.

I have added the rest of the photos of Michael to the gallery just click the photo below to see them:
Beverley Matthews

Smallville finale: Michael Rosenbaum

mro Michael Rosenbaum back on set

Smallville title lettersIn the latest clip (below), Rosenbaum talks about being back amidst some amusing clips of filming that look like they will be perfect for the bloopers of the DVD set. There’s a clip of Clark saying to Lex, “You’re alive.” Rosenbaum said that though he hasn’t been on the show for a few years (his last episode was the season 7 finale, “Arctic”), “you put on the baldness, however you do that, and you just jump right back into it… and you feel like Lex again.” (This time, he opted for the bald cap instead of shaving his head like he did when he was on the show full-time.) He said it was good to be back and see the cast and crew, including director Greg Beeman, again and that he saw them more than he saw his family. He said, “The show needed the villain. I’m the villain.” That’s certainly the truth.

Smallville couldn’t have ended without him returning, and it’s going to be bittersweet to watch the series finale tomorrow night for many fans. The video ends with a message from him to the fans: “Thanks for watching us.”

Source: entertainment.gather.com – Smallville finale: Michael Rosenbaum

Michael discusses Smallville & breaking in

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:

Beverley Matthews

Michael talks Smallville & his career

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

After fox cancellations….suggestion

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