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Smallville: Michael Rosenbaum talks to Zap2it - I worship at the television altar
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Smallville: Michael Rosenbaum talks to Zap2it
Carina MacKenzie from Zap2it spotted Michael Rosenbaum at Fox's American Idol Finalist Party, and (because she loves us) chatted with him about his return to Smallville and his new show, Breaking In. A few of my favorite quotes:

It's so funny how the fans can get so intense. "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."

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.

Tom and I had a wonderful time together. We laughed a lot. I shot a couple of scenes with him.

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."


Read the entire interview (there's lots more, including an update on his project for Syfy) at Zap2it HERE.

Michael is an amazing man, and he has given Smallville fans an incredible gift by returning for the finale. Of course I can't wait to see him onscreen with Tom again, and I'm even more excited about his return to series television in Breaking In!

ETA: Read another short interview with Michael at Give Me My Remote HERE.

In other news, Erica Durance made The Bullseye in the March 11, 2011 issue of Entertainment Weekly: "Erica Durance as Lois Lane on Smallville: Get this supergirl her own show!" Here is my scan of the page. Click for BIGGER.

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jeannev From: jeannev Date: March 4th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'd love to know what those reasons for leaving were.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 4th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
So would I. We've suspected as much for a long time, especially after some of the cryptic remarks James Gunn has made, but Michael has always been so discreet when discussing the show. I think the fact that he said something now shows just how much some of those nasty remarks by "fans" got to him.
dawnybee From: dawnybee Date: March 4th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
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.


Why is he leaving us hanging? Now I'm curious.

I think people will be quick to say its Al and Miles but they departed when he did, he could've made a quick deal to come back if they were the reason he was leaving. Plus after Sundance, after the writers strike, I had a feeling he was open to coming back (he gave a radio interview saying that they were in talks) which was a huge change from when before that he was quick to talk about how he was leaving. I think it was the back surgery, distance from friends, family an assortment of truly personal reasons why he left.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 4th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you're right. I'm sure his reasons were many and varied, and probably included how Lex was being written and just not wanting to shave his head anymore, but I imagine the most compelling ones were those you mention. Those are the things that I would expect to be most important to Michael. The fact that he had to have a second round of back surgery after he left speaks volumes, I think.

Still, James has implied more than once that he personally thinks the show treated Michael badly. I can't help but wonder if that last round of negotiations before he walked away is what sealed the deal (and I'm not talking about the money).

Mostly I just think Michael wanted to make it clear that in making the decision to leave the show in the first place, and to return now, his primary motivation wasn't his ego or his paycheck. I've always admired his discretion in not gossiping about the show, but of course now people are going to speculate. Including me, obviously. :)
tasabian From: tasabian Date: March 5th, 2011 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I think it was the back surgery, distance from friends, family an assortment of truly personal reasons why he left.
Lacroix has mentioned back problems several times, when defending Michael on imdb. It's hard to tell in context if by "persona' reasons" he means reasons personal to him or personal issues with the show/network.

Edited at 2011-03-05 05:11 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 5th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's hard to tell in context if by "persona' reasons" he means reasons personal to him or personal issues with the show/network.

It is. I can't help but be curious, but of course he has every right to keep his personal matters private. In fact, I kind of hate that he felt the need to explain himself at all. :(
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: March 4th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for posting this. Some of those comments on the Zap2IT article are.....hmmm.

I hope that everything is going well for Michael now and I'm really looking forward to seeing him on the finale.

I'm so glad that Erica is getting some positive attention right now. I love that people have taken notice of how great she's been on the show. However, is it bad that I wish they had chosen a picture of her looking a little more....Lois Laney as opposed to in that silly Isis costume? LOL
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 4th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some of those comments on the Zap2IT article are.....hmmm.

Wow. There weren't any comments yet when I posted this last night. Clearly there are people in this world who live to spread hate and discontent. I think the allegations made in those comments are ludicrous, but I really don't care what the financial arrangements were anyway. That's for the agents and attorneys to worry about. :)

You just can't win when it comes to fandom and the internet. People completely surrender to their baser instincts, or say whatever they think will get them the most attention. As Tom so wisely said when asked about Superman Returns, "There were so many rumours out there, and it's the kind of situation where if you speak about it you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. I'd rather be damned if I don't."

When I turned to The Bullseye, I was pretty excited to see Erica featured so prominently, not only for her sake, but also the show's. But I rolled my eyes at the image they chose.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: March 5th, 2011 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad that he's giving interviews & hope for lots more! Love the Tom-mention.

Nice boost for ED!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 5th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad that he's giving interviews & hope for lots more!

Me, too! His interviews are always so charged with energy and humor, and such a treat to read. I hope that eventually he'll have some set pics and stories to share.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: March 6th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad MR will be there to finish Smallville. Now, if I would just catch up on it. Well, what are hiatusi for?

ED would be great in anything. A lead in an ensemble would be great for her because she's such a generous actor.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 9th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay, you can start catching up now. :)

I would love to see any of the Smallville actors in another show, and I will miss Erica. She's so funny and likable onscreen, and seems so sweet in her interviews. I think she'd be great in a comedy.
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