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Brian Austin Green on SHoE Podcast
I just finished listening to the SHoE podcast for Smallville 9.02 - Metallo, with special guest co-host Brian Austin Green, and it is one of the best episodes of SHoE I have ever heard! It's almost two hours of discussion, about the episode and a wide range of other topics, and it is fascinating, insightful, and funny. BAG offers a wealth of BTS info about the making of the episode, expresses his appreciation for the Smallville cast and crew, and talks at length about his character and how he approached his performance. He also talks about his acting career, his views on fandom, and his recent appearance on SNL. He's open, honest, and completely down-to-earth. Smallville fans should definitely check it out!

You can download the podcast at the Starkville House of El Podcast web site, or it's available for free on iTunes (look for episode #130).

I've transcribed a few of my favorite BAG quotes below. I'm not including what he said about himself, because I really want everyone to go and listen to the whole podcast, but here are a few choice thoughts and observations he shared about others. I found what he had to say about Tom especially interesting.

Some people do enjoy coming on the sites just to tear into other people, and just to kind of rip apart a group of people that have this common bond of loving something, and I feel like if you didn't like the episode, or you don't like the show, just don't watch the show. Go watch a show that you like.

I worked with Erica in pretty much every scene that I had, and she is, aside from being just a really phenomenal, focused actress, she's really one of the sweetest people I've ever worked with. She was on set every day, on time, knew what she wanted to do, and she showed up there to do her job and to perform and to do the absolute best with everything that she could. She couldn't have been more welcoming and supportive of me, and just sweet toward everyone in general.

It was really impressive. I mean, again, I was seriously on set thinking, I wasn't expecting to come and do Smallville, and have it be on such a grand scale. You know? I didn't know. I mean, I know that just with a network like the CW alone, that they're much more limited than say, Sarah Connor was, in what can be spent, and the time that can be taken to shoot stuff. You know, Tom Welling and I were talking one time, and he was saying that he's really proud of the fact that, like, these little movies are made every week, and that they get as much in for so little money as they do. And I agree. It was really impressive.

[Tom] runs the set. I mean, he's very, he's an intelligent guy, and he doesn't rule with an iron fist, but I mean, he's there, watching the monitor, and making sure that stuff is working and making sense. He definitely plays a big part, from what I could tell, in what's sort of being done now, and I think he had a big hand in sort of the change of the season, and the feeling of it all, and really working at bringing it back to something that people apparently wanted. Something different.

You know, when I was shooting, it was right before Comic-Con... I had been in Vancouver, and was shooting, and I was talking to [Tom] about it, and he was like, 'Yeah, you know, I think I might go,' and I was like, 'Dude, you should absolutely go. You have no idea what you're missing. It would mean so much to the fans for you to be out there, for them to see you, and for you to really see who you're making the show for...' And he was kind of excited, but he's, he is really private, I mean, he's just kind of got sort of his own thing going, and it's not for lack of connection with the fans, he's kind of in his own space, and he's very focused on what he's doing. And then I went back to shoot after Comic-Con, and he came up to me, and he was like, 'Man, you were so right.' He said, 'I wish I would have gone a long time ago.' Because it was so nice to get with everybody, and meet them all, and see how excited people really are about it.

No, I've actually never seen one episode of [Smallville], including the ones that I did. I don't watch any television. I don't. And it's not by choice, it's really just, you know, for me to keep up with the schedule of the show and catch all the episodes, I just can't do it... I would have to say that my favorite episode of Smallville was anything shirtless with Tom Welling.

You know what I have to say, too, and I didn't say this before when you were talking about that last scene [between Metallo and Clark], Tom Welling was so helpful, just as an actor, in those moments, in the whole fight, the whole standoff, everything, was really there, was really great, and connected, and they didn't even keep it, but I mean, just his, at the point when I peel back that lead, and the heart is gone, and I'm powering down, he was so sympathetic in how he chose to play Clark, and it was really, I think he's a really talented guy, and he's a great guy on set, and was just extremely helpful.


In other news, congratulations to Tom on the formation of his production company, Tom Welling Productions, as mentioned HERE. What exciting news! Way to go, Tom! And I love that he didn't go with some cutesy name for his company. That's our Tom, classy and classic, all the way. :)

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steefvaniersel From: steefvaniersel Date: October 8th, 2009 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Any good Chloe/Allison mentions?!?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 8th, 2009 08:48 am (UTC) (Link)
He never actually worked with Allison, since they didn't appear in any scenes together, so he didn't mention her (or Cassidy). His specific comments were about Erica, Tom, the director, Mairzee Almas, the stunt crew, and the special effects team.
christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: October 8th, 2009 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh.My.God! I'm really happy for him. These are awesome news. I hope he won't be a produser only after SV. I want to see him as an actor, too. He has so much to give.

I really like to hear(read) people talk about Tom. thank you for sharing this :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 8th, 2009 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if he plans to be like Ashton Kutcher, producing lots of projects and acting in a few? I just don't want to see him disappear completely behind the camera!

Aren't those great quotes about Tom? I love that he is both well-liked AND respected by those with whom he works. And hearing that he takes such a strong leadership role on set makes me very hopeful about the rest of S9.
miss_tress From: miss_tress Date: October 8th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I would have to say that my favorite episode of Smallville was anything shirtless with Tom Welling.

You and me both Brian Austin Green. You and me both. ;)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 9th, 2009 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't that too funny? He has a great sense of humor. He also seems to have come away with a healthy level of respect for Tom.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 9th, 2009 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
The whole podcast is a great listen, truly. He has some wonderful insights to share.

I was fascinated by what he said about Tom! There's a lot of food for thought there.
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: October 8th, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for these excerpts! Tom running the set. I like the sound of that! :)

And our man really does seem to live on another planet, not knowing how much he is loved and how passionate the fans are about the show. You should mingle more often, Tommy! :)

As excited as I am about learning that Tom has a production company, I am kinda scared that he may disappear from the small and big screen. That would be a shame...
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 9th, 2009 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)
The way he described Tom taking a leadership role on set was a thrill to hear! It gives me high hopes for the rest of this season.

It's so gratifying to hear that Tom enjoyed Comic-Con as much as he did. An in-depth interview/photo shoot combo is next on my wish list. What? If I'm going to dream, I might as well dream big! :)

I think we all fear that Tom will disappear behind the camera. I can only hope his production activities will bring him projects that will engage him as an actor as well. *fingers crossed*
jeannev From: jeannev Date: October 8th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would have to say that my favorite episode of Smallville was anything shirtless with Tom Welling.


For that comment alone, I have a new love for BAG.

I want to listen to this, when I get the time. It does sound like he's got a lot of interesting things to say.

I totally respect that Tom is such a private guy, but I wish he would realize that he can do a little of the publicity thing, and still not lose that private side to his life. I'm glad that BAG (and others, I'm sure), encouraged him to go to Comic Con.

I'm really thrilled for Tom that he's got his own production company going. I think he'll pursue that, for real, and get things done. But I do worry about what that means for his future acting career. I wish we knew where he stood on that.

Everyone that works with Erica always has nice things to say about. She sounds like a lovely person.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 9th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't he great? It sounds like he and Tom got along very well together. Certainly they shared some fascinating conversations! BAG was on 90210 for 10 years, starting at age 17. I imagine that gave him some common ground with Tom.

The whole podcast is very interesting. I especially enjoyed what BAG shared about how he approached his big scene with Tom, and when he talked about how he deals with criticism as an actor. He has a very healthy perspective, IMO, especially for someone who got into this business at such a young age.

Maybe we will see Tom do a little more publicity, after his positive experience in San Diego. I'd love to see an interview over the mid-season hiatus. I wonder if he'll be any more inclined to promote his own projects?

It's going to be tough to adjust to not seeing Tom on my TV screen every week once Smallville is over. If he disappears from acting altogether, I'll be devastated.
la_belle_isa From: la_belle_isa Date: October 8th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks so much for transcribing all this! It's really appreciated! When I have a minute, I'll listen to the interview, BAG really seems interesting and down-to-earth.
Like others, I sure hope That Tom will continue acting. But it's a smart choice to have his own production company and I think several actors do the same. He's securing his future!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 9th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I think Tom having his own production company is perfect for him, and I'm so glad his new contract evidently afforded him this opportunity. He's already proved himself as a director, and I have no doubt he will be equally gifted as a producer. I'd love to see him act in a project that he also produces, one that is completely of his own choosing. I'm so curious to see what that would be.
goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: October 8th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so proud of our guy. His own production house---he really is all grow'd up, heh. No, but jokes aside, I really feel as if production might definitely become his 'thing' so to speak. And we already know his love for direction so this way he can actually pick and choose projects of merit that truly excite him.

As for the podcast, thankyou for sharing all these lovely quotes. I'm definitely going to try and listen to the whole thing sometime tonight. Not only do I love BAG, but I adore all the wonderful comments he has to make for our cast.

Even though I feel BAG as Corben had an almost pitch perfect appearance in 'Metallo', and thus there's probably no where to go but down now, but I'd still really like to see him back on the show at some point or the other.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 9th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope Tom finds some projects to produce that he can't resist acting in as well. :) And I'm so curious to see what kinds of projects he will choose to bring to us.

BAG is so down-to-earth. I enjoyed everything he had to say on the podcast, and he really drew back the proverbial curtain in talking about not only Smallville, but also the rest of his acting career.

He seemed eager to return to the show. He even named John Corben as one of his three favorite roles ever!
dawnybee From: dawnybee Date: October 8th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, Brian Austin Green has totally redeemed himself in my eyes for being so cheesy in the early 90s! I think I may love him now.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 9th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I feel the same way. There was another part of the podcast that was too funny, where he talked about how it wasn't easy to stand shirtless opposite Tom Welling (presumably because he's so incredibly good looking). He said there were only three men in the world with enough self-confidence to pull it off: himself, Elijah Wood, and Drew Carey. hee!
From: kissme_myfool Date: October 8th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
These guys are classless. Leading Brian to say something bad about part of the fandom? *shakes head*

{snip}feel like if you didn't like the episode, or you don't like the show, just don't watch the show. Go watch a show that you like.

We are not watching ;) and TWoP is practically dead during the weekly discussions.

This doesn't mean we don't want to, we are just waiting for it to be good again. I'm not asking for a lot really, they can do their clois/iconic stuff but give me something that a REAL Chloe fan would enjoy. Not this WT BS.

sorry for my mini rant...
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 9th, 2009 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Please don't apologize, your viewpoint is always welcome here!

I will admit it made me uncomfortable when they brought up the wank when BAG was there, but I think the remarks he made were more in reference to experiences he had while he was on 90210. He said he was criticized so harshly he considered quitting acting altogether, so he has some pretty strong feelings about that.
anakaliaandrea From: anakaliaandrea Date: October 8th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks for sharing love! I love hearing other people's perspectives on our lovely cast. They sounding more awesome every time. I am glad he helped suggest that Tom go to comic con.

Tom has his own production company? Sweet! =)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 9th, 2009 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I love that we can add another name to the long list of guest stars who admire and respect Tom! And he had the nicest things to say about Erica, too.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: October 8th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that's a gem of an interview. All the Tom-quotes are so interesting. Very heartening to know that Tom had as much fun at ComicCon as the fans did, and maybe will make further appearances!

No, I've actually never seen one episode of [Smallville], including the ones that I did. I don't watch any television. I don't.
That really surprises me. I'd heard that he's a big comics fanboy so I thought he'd have seen every single ep!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 9th, 2009 10:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Wasn't what he had to say about Tom fascinating? Listening to him, it really seemed like it was important to him to do Tom justice, if that makes sense. It sounded like he and Tom had some very interesting conversations. I definitely got the impression that BAG has nothing but respect and admiration for Tom. Just like everyone else who has ever worked with him. :D

It was funny, it seemed like he's a big movie buff, but TV? Not so much. I think that's pretty common among actors, though. Their schedules just make it impossible for them to watch a show, week in and week out.
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: October 9th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for transcribing! I need to find the time to listen to this podcast.

Tom Welling Productions...exciting!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 9th, 2009 10:10 am (UTC) (Link)
You definitely should listen, he has lots of great stories and interesting tidbits to share!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 9th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't that too funny how we had such similar reactions to the podcast? LOL!

He just seems like such a cool guy, and he has a great sense of humor. I love that he has so much respect for the show, and for what they put out each week. I imagine the cast would have equally complimentary things to say about him.

I hope Tom enjoys wonderful success with his production company. I so appreciate all he's given to this show over the years; he deserves to be able to follow his dreams when it's over.
From: kates_passion Date: October 10th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked BAG before but listening to the podcast makes me like him even more. I loved every little tidbit he offered about Tom and Erica. I'd love to see what they cut from his scene with Tom. Sn9 DVDs, maybe?

I love that Tom takes such pride in the show and I definitely think the new look and feel of the show is part of his new influence. He's so commanding this season!!! Makes me sad to hear some of the critical things that are said about him and the show.

Thanks so much for sharing this. : ) I thought this was one of the best ever SHoE podcasts, also.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 22nd, 2009 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved every little tidbit he offered about Tom and Erica.

I know!! It's so rare that we hear stories from the set, and he gave us some wonderful insights. I treasure every word he shared. I want him to come back just so he can be interviewed again! :)

I love that Tom takes such pride in the show and I definitely think the new look and feel of the show is part of his new influence.

I think so, too. His performance is so self-assured, his leadership really seems to shine through.

Makes me sad to hear some of the critical things that are said about him and the show.

I hope he isn't aware of most of it. I don't think I'm so starstruck that I can't evaluate his acting objectively. I think he's very talented, and that he's totally committed to giving us the best performance he can. I really don't get the people who say he's wooden, or bored, or phoning it in. Are they watching the same show I am?
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