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Smallville: Eric Martsolf talks to Dayplayer Dish


Eric Martsolf, who plays Booster Gold in Smallville 10x18, Booster, worked on the soap Passions with Justin and Lindsay Hartley, and later on DOOL with Lindsay. Eric was also in Justin's web series, Brawn and Glamour. Yesterday he talked to Dayplayer Dish about his varied career, and I transcribed what he shared about Smallville.

I've seen spoilers that suggest that Oliver doesn't return until 10x19, Dominion, Justin's Smallville directorial debut, but Eric said Justin was on set and in the makeup trailer during the filming of Booster, which I assume means he was in the episode. Have we had official confirmation either way?

[ETA: Reading what Eric said again, I think he meant that he and Tom were cracking jokes about Justin in his absence, while THEY were in the makeup trailer together. I don't think Oliver is in Booster.]

You can hear the entire interview at Blog Talk Radio HERE, or download it free from iTunes HERE.

On his friendship with Lindsay Hartley:

We're very good friends, and I'm very good friends with her husband, Justin, as well. We've never really lost that brotherly element that we had on Passions. We keep in touch, absolutely. And I was up in his area of the woods doing his show, for God's sake, a couple of weeks ago.

On playing Booster Gold:

This is pretty exciting, man. I'll tell you, my kids think I'm just the biggest deal in the world, because now Dad's a superhero... I got the call to audition for this character, and honestly, I had never heard of Booster Gold. Never heard of him, but apparently he's very much an established member of the Justice League historically in the comic books. He is in there. He arrived in the 80's, and he's been around ever since. And there's fan clubs out there. I mean, I let my fingers do the walking online, and yeah, he's got a whole entourage out there.

This episode is awesome as well, by the way. It ventures into the friendship between Blue Beetle and Booster Gold. They had this historic relationship, and the whole episode solidifies that whole thing. Plus I get to call Clark Kent out on his crap, too. I basically tell him, "You know what, you gotta stop with this Blur stuff. Stop hiding in the shadows when you save people, put on something bright, and start making some noise, man, because you gotta brand this thing, okay? You gotta call it something super, you know? You know what I mean?" So it's pretty funny.


On working with Tom Welling:

What a cool dude. I'll tell you, my first day, Vancouver is typically very cloudy, and the sun hardly ever comes out, at least around the time I was there, in February, and we drove to this very remote location, and I got out of the car, and the first person I see is Tom. He's got his umbrella, and his raincoat, he comes up, you know, "What's up, dude?! How you doin', man?!" He just couldn't have been more friendly. We started cracking up and making fun of Justin in the makeup trailer, having some good laughs at his expense.

It was like two kids in a candy store just having fun, because he loves the whole genre, too. Tom loves superheroes, and the reason why they are who they are, and he loves the methodology behind the superheroes. So it was really cool, because Booster has a lot of baggage, and he has a lot of interesting issues, which I won't really tell you about, but the episode dives into it.

We clicked, we totally clicked. He's a very good guy, and a talented director, too. He actually directed the episode that I was in. So he really cared about this one. He was like, "This one's gonna be great, dude. I'm just letting you know in advance, it's gonna be awesome."


On playing a character on DOOL who has some very human flaws:

It's fun to be the hero, trust me. I mean, I got my chance on Smallville to be that guy in every aspect of the word... But that's not what people really relate to, people also want heroes to be relatable. They want them to be people. I think Clark Kent is just as much of a hero as Superman is...

People are flawed, people make mistakes, and I think it's much more interesting to see someone doing good [when] the reason they're doing good is because they've seen the bad. They've gone down the bad path and they get it and they understand that that's not the right way to go. As opposed to someone who just sits on top of their almighty mountain and says, "I know what right is because that's all I've ever done." You can't know right if you haven't played a little wrong.


On the demands of being a series regular on a daytime soap:

It was a miracle I got to do Smallville. That was a two-week shoot, and I just happened to be off those two weeks, which hasn't happened since I started being Brady [on DOOL, in November 2008]. So it really has to, all the ducks have to line up in a row.

When I did Smallville, we did 1-1/2 pages a day, and that took about 10 to 12 hours to do 1-1/2 pages. We do about 130 a day over at Days, so it's completely different. It's nuts.


I love what Eric said about Tom. ♥

I know that what he said about Booster and Clark sounds like someone is telling Clark how to be Superman again, but I really don't think that's what he meant. I'm no expert on Booster Gold, but I have read the two TPBs by Geoff Johns, and Booster is all about self-promotion and personal gain (in the beginning, anyway). My take on Eric's quote is that Booster tells Clark he should capitalize on his powers to get wealth and fame, something Clark would never do. My hope is that we'll see Clark be a part of why Booster decides to discard his selfish motives for purely altruistic ones, but all I can do is wait and see what happens when the episode airs.

Here's a pic of Eric that was taken around the time that he was filming Smallville. I wonder if this was what his hair looked like as Booster (it is more blond than usual).



Follow Eric on Twitter at @ericmartsolf, and visit his official web site at ericmartsolf.com.

ETA2: Rich Sands from TV Guide gives us a Booster sneak peek, with quotes from Eric Martsolf and writer Geoff Johns, and an exclusive pic. Read all about it HERE.

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audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: March 28th, 2011 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the quotes!! I'm hoping you are right about the content of the episode. I am really hoping that Clark is the one to encourage Booster to have a little humility. If Booster is going to tell Clark that he needs to put on a shiny suit and get out there....I hope he does it in a way that is really bad advice. There is no way that Booster should be presented as being wiser than Clark at this point and I'll be angry if he is.
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: March 28th, 2011 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh Booster is ALL about self-promotion. Rewatch "The Greatest Story Never Told" from JLU. I'm pretty positive that that's what he meant.
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: March 28th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know you are totally right. LOL I'm gun shy with Smallville. However, my guess is the same as yours. I think Booster will probably be shown to be totally vain and full of himself. Clark will probably be the voice of selfless humility yet he will recognize that he does need to have enough confidence to put himself out there.

Superman is such an interesting paradox to me. Because Clark is so, so humble. And I love that about him so much. Naturally, he doesn't ::want:: attention and yet the public needs him so badly---they need to believe in him--so he has to step outside of himself and accept that attention to be the hero the people need. I love that about him.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 28th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is no way that Booster should be presented as being wiser than Clark at this point and I'll be angry if he is.

I just can't imagine that Geoff Johns would do that. It's not who Booster is. A lot depends on exactly where his timeline intersects Clark's in the Smallville universe, but I seem to remember GJ saying we would be seeing early Booster, rather than who he is now in comics continuity.

I really want to love this episode. *fingers crossed*
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: March 28th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me too. I'm really excited for it.

(I'm also more excited for "Kent" than I was before now that it seems clear that Clark is going to be truly shown as the light in Jonathan's life. I'll admit I had no desire to return to the AU at all but I like the idea of us truly seeing without a shadow of a doubt what we have all known: that Clark has been the light for the Kents. If the AU establishes that Jonathan, Martha and Lois are lost without him...I'm ok with that.)

double_pumpkin From: double_pumpkin Date: March 31st, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're right. Awhile ago, Geoff Johns did speak about Booster Gold's introduction.
Booster Gold's all about the spotlight. He's all about getting on the front page. He says someone needs to be on the front page and it's going to be me, if it's not going to be you. (Comic Con, 7/2010)

It’s very Booster 1.0, meaning he’s in the early stages of his career as a hero -- and is pretty self-serving. (Kryptonsite, 12/24/2010)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 26th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to be so late replying, but I wanted to say thank you for those specific quotes!
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: March 28th, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for pointing out that Booster is all about promotion and commercialization, because I had a feeling some people were gonna call foul on that bit of dialogue. All one has to do it watch Booster's episode of JLU "The Best Story Never Told" to get that feeling about him, lol. But this was a great interview, thanks so much for posting. Love what he said about Tom :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 28th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you see it the same way. And I can't believe I still haven't watched that episode of JLU! I have the DVDs right here on my shelf.

*runs off to watch right now*
chris_43 From: chris_43 Date: March 28th, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for transcribing Martsolf's interview. I completely agree with your synopsis on Booster and how what he is saying to Clark will be presented in the episode. It makes complete sense to the character.

Some great stuff about Tom, down to those welcoming quotes and I love hearing that they were roasting Justin. LOL I'm glad Tom thinks so highly of this episode and I really can't wait for the episode now. I'm a big GF fan and love his writing, but I couldn't get behind introducing two more DC characters so late into the final season. I'm always hopeful that GF will give something great and unlike some who didn't like Absolute Justice because it wasn't enough about Clark, my superhero lovin heart still thought it was fantastic.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: March 28th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope you are right about how we should read into what this guy, EM, says of the Clark/BG interaction. I'm so SICK of everyone lecturing Clark!I don't really like GJ (he doesn't like much to write for Clark/Superman, that's clear to me) so I hope he won't take advantage of the episode to sing BG's praises at Clark's expense.

I love what EM says of Tom. Thanks a lot for the transcript!
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: March 28th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the transcript. What's not to love about Tom? *sigh*

As many others I really hope that we don't get another lecture for Clark. He doesn't need them any more, and Clark should be the one doing the inspiring. Regrettably, I have no faith in any SV writer, especially not Johns, who essentially sidelined Clark in AJ.

I also hope that Tom is right about Booster being awesome. After all, it seems that he thought Patriot would be "huge", and as we know the writing was atrocious...

Finally: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Have a great day, and let me tell you that I appreciate your unrelenting Tom compilations very much.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: March 28th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I love the kind things he says about Tom.

I am just not digging AT ALL the things he is saying about the episode. Do we really need someone else to come along and tell Clark how to do things? Well, I guess so...

So, thats all I'm going to say about that.

Oh wait, not its not, I don't think Geoff Johns really cares about Clark Kent on Smallville, and I think thats been evident since last seasons Absolute Justice.

Eh, whatever, I'm on vacation. I shouldn't be getting annoyed at the usual SV fuckery.
netlynn From: netlynn Date: March 28th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why have I never heard of Booster Gold? Am I the only person on the planet who hasn't?

I do love to hear people talking about Tom and how utterly wonderful he is.

huzzlewhat From: huzzlewhat Date: March 28th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with you on the optimism about Booster Gold. Because Booster is all about self-promotion. The man sold sponsorship space on his uniform, for goodness' sake! It makes complete sense that he and Clark would have that kind of debate, and while Booster might give Clark a lecture, I'm not sure his take would be the right one — I mean, I don't entirely trust Geoff Johns to do SV right, but I do trust him to do Booster right, and Johns knows that Booster is a self-promoting gloryhound.

And I love Martsolf's quote:

People are flawed, people make mistakes, and I think it's much more interesting to see someone doing good [when] the reason they're doing good is because they've seen the bad. They've gone down the bad path and they get it and they understand that that's not the right way to go. As opposed to someone who just sits on top of their almighty mountain and says, "I know what right is because that's all I've ever done." You can't know right if you haven't played a little wrong.

This, to me, is what makes SV's Clark the one that finally broke through my Batman-preference and allowed me to adore Clark/Superman. It's SV's strength in a nutshell, and it's thrilling to me that someone's getting it like this in the final season. That a guest star is using this language is significant, I think, and may tell us more about the conflict/debate between Clark and Booster than "Booster lectures Clark."
la_belle_isa From: la_belle_isa Date: March 28th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the Tom quotes as always!

*sigh* It looks like the show is a lot more fun to watch when you're a comic book reader, which I'm not.
dawnybee From: dawnybee Date: March 28th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the write-up!

This is the first episode I've been excited about in a long time,if not for the entire season. I love Booster and I didn't know anything about Eric prior to the casting, but seeing his Youtube videos and reading his tweets, it looks like once again, the casting gods have done their job well.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: March 29th, 2011 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, YOU!!!!
tasabian From: tasabian Date: March 29th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh, I love Tom being the official SV greeter with his raincoat & umbrella - and making fun of JH in the make-up trailer!
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