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Sam Witwer and James Marsters talk about Smallville - I worship at the television altar
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Sam Witwer and James Marsters talk about Smallville
I came across a couple of recent podcast interviews that mention Smallville, one with Sam Witwer and the other with James Marsters. Just tidbits, really, but I was interested to hear Sam's take on Doomsday vs. Davis.

SciFi Diner Podcast Episode #52
Posted 02/24/10

Sam Witwer is a fascinating and articulate man, and I loved his entire interview. He talked just a bit about Smallville, and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that he saw Davis much the same way I did:

I mean, I always looked at it like the Davis part of Doomsday was just camouflage, and so it was the story of this sort of garment that Doomsday wears, and the camouflage began to believe in itself, and so it's the sad story there. I'm not sure that Doomsday himself has a lot of that humanity inside him. I looked at it as like it was a shell, that was necessary for awhile, and then no longer became necessary.

On why he didn't play the Doomsday monster:

I think it was mostly because I'm not 6'5" and as wide as I am tall. Because Tom is 6'4". I'm 6'1", and I'm used to being one of the taller guys on the set, but not on Smallville. On Smallville, they're all giants. I just wasn't big enough. But also, I actually told them, "I don't know that I want to do too many prosthetics on this," and they were cool about that. But simply, if you had me in the suit, it just wouldn't have looked right against Tom. Again, on any normal set, sure, it would have worked, but not against 6'4" Tom Welling, no. He's deceptively tall, that guy. And Justin is also the same way. So, yeah, everyone on that set is very tall. Tall people.

You can download the podcast at the SciFi Diner Podcast web site, or from iTunes.

Sci-Fi Talk Podcast
Posted 02/25/10

James Marsters talked about his recent work, particularly his guest starring role on Caprica, and as always, he was captivating. He mentioned Smallville only briefly, nothing he hasn't said before, but I always love hearing him compliment Tom. On the scenes between Clark and Milton Fine:

Tom is smarter than you think. He's smarter than most people know. And so he was very aware that he was playing a character who is not based in his intellect. As two actors we were very much planning how Clark was going to get manipulated here, and he was in on the gag, you know. So it was very fun.

On being directed by Tom:

He was one of the best directors I've worked with.

Listen to the podcast at the Sci-Fi Talk web site, or download it from iTunes.

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christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: March 3rd, 2010 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for these :)
That's a great compliment for Tom. I love hearing things like these from people who worked with him.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 3rd, 2010 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)
James Marsters seems to hold Tom in high regard, and that means a lot to me, because I have tremendous respect for James himself.

I'm always happy to hear Smallville mentioned in interviews. I'm glad you enjoyed the quotes, too!
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: March 3rd, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I imagine all the women on SV have a permanent crick in the neck from staring up at the tall men on set every day. :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 3rd, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
You heard Sam, they're GIANTS! :D
chrisluvstommy From: chrisluvstommy Date: March 3rd, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why is everyone so shocked Tom is smart I mean why wouldn't he be?
LOL but it's also cool to hear cause James isn't the first one to call him smart ALOT of co-stars have

But it's funny to hear about how "tall" Tom is umm yeah

Thanks T for transcribing these
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 3rd, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think when people see someone who is stunningly gorgeous like Tom, they just assume he couldn't possibly be intelligent as well. Or they don't want to believe he could be, because then they would be consumed with jealousy over the fact that he has it ALL: looks, talent, brains, and incredible success. :)

It cracks me up how many times Sam says Tom is tall. Impressively tall, I'm thinking!
chrisluvstommy From: chrisluvstommy Date: March 3rd, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
He would be the one to have the TOTAL package damn remind me again why he's not mine? *giggles*
frelling_tralk From: frelling_tralk Date: March 3rd, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for those :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 3rd, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're quite welcome! Thanks for commenting!
jeannev From: jeannev Date: March 3rd, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I actually think Sam had a pretty good handle on just what Davis was. A better handle then some in the fandom, thats for sure. He understands that this "good guy Davis Bloom" was always just an illusion.

Whenever James says something nice about Tom, it makes me happy, because James doesn't strike me as the sort of guy who suffers fools gladly. So, when he pays a compliment, it feels like it has some meat to it.

And I just have to laugh....how many people have talked about how tall Tom is now?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 3rd, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I actually think Sam had a pretty good handle on just what Davis was.

I was gratified to learn that what I saw in his performance was exactly what I was supposed to see. He had this chilling way of letting the monster peek through, and I never saw Davis as anything more than one of Doomsday's adaptive tools, a means to an end.

What I find interesting is how many of those in fandom who chose to see him as a completely human, separate identity, worthy of Chloe's love and devotion, became convinced that Sam was invested in that characterization as well, and even went so far as to say TPTB betrayed Sam's trust with the ultimate resolution of that storyline.

So, when he pays a compliment, it feels like it has some meat to it.

I feel the same way. He's very straightforward, and seems rather shockingly honest, especially about his own work. He told a great story on the podcast about kissing John Barrowman on Torchwood that was charmingly self-deprecating. I don't think he pays false compliments.

And I just have to laugh....how many people have talked about how tall Tom is now?

You know what really surprised me? The response from one of the podcasters: "That's funny, I don't think of Tom Welling as tall, but you confirmed that he is?" Say what?
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: March 3rd, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for these quotes! Not that we wouldn´t know it, but it´s good to be reminded of the "whole package" situation over and over again! :)

I may be biased but it seems to me it is not the mere tallness of the man that is so impressive: it´s the whole stunning and charismatic presence on top of the height. When you see Tom walk among the others on set, it´s really like a god walking among men. He´s just so outstanding and extraordinary... But of course male colleagues wouldn´t swoon like that, so they just mention how tall he is. ;)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 3rd, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you're on to something about Tom's presence. I mean, I've never seen him in person, but even from the video of Comic-Con you could feel it. I've seen a few guys talk about his looks, talent, and leadership in superlative terms, but you're right, mostly the men stick to describing him as tall. Really, really tall. ;)
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: March 3rd, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for posting more Tom stories!! Always great to hear from people who have worked with him.

I have to agree with tjw_jaypat about the reason Tom's tallness is frequently mentioned by his male colleagues :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 4th, 2010 08:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Tommy stories are so rare, I delight in every one!

I suspect that man crushes are quite common on the Smallville set. ;)
tasabian From: tasabian Date: March 4th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
He was one of the best directors I've worked with.
When I met James, he said this exact thing about Tom - unprompted. He really, really likes him.

Witwer's quote is interesting because at the Con he did with Michael in 2009, he said his ideal ending would be for Davis to be saved. But here he indicates Davis was nothing more than a protective facade - I think that's a better plot, but it's unfortunate the scripts didn't make it more overt and hence scarier.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 4th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
When I met James, he said this exact thing about Tom - unprompted. He really, really likes him.

I just love hearing this. James holds a special place in my heart, I just admire and respect him so much, and he is so immensely talented. His high regard for Tom is quite the compliment, I think.

Witwer's quote is interesting because at the Con he did with Michael in 2009, he said his ideal ending would be for Davis to be saved.

I wondered about that same thing as I was listening to this. I really do think his performance supported the vision of Davis he describes here. We saw glimpses of the monster within throughout the season, especially when Chloe wasn't around, and I'm not talking about the times when Davis was in danger of losing control. So I don't know what to think.

Maybe by being saved he just meant he wished Davis could have escaped the monster he protected in the end, and no longer serve his deadly intent, rather than being shown to be murderous in his own right. When Davis and Doomsday were separated, I thought Davis would survive for a short time, but would ultimately die because he had no independent life force to sustain him. I expected him to expire tragically in Chloe's arms as his body broke down, but instead, of course, he killed Jimmy.
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: March 4th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Sam Witwer seems like a much more normal person since he's been gone from Smallville. I don't know if that's just my perception or he was channeling crazy Doomsday before or what. What's your opinion on that?

As always, I love hearing/reading the nice things that people say about Tom. Thanks for sharing! :-)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 4th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
To tell you the truth, I never really got a handle on what Sam was like while he was on Smallville. I think a certain group of fans projected their own dissatisfaction with the show onto him, convinced that he shared their frustrations, and then interpreted his every word and action in whatever way best suited their theory. That said, however, I definitely think he travels to the beat of a different drum, like a lot of other actors.

I get the impression that Sam is not content to stay with a role once it no longer excites and challenges him. When that happens, I think he'd rather move on and try something new. He went to the producers of BSG and proposed that they kill his character off, and it appears he turned down an offer to stay with Smallville for another year as Zod.

I hear James said more nice things about Smallville and Tom in a conference call interview for Caprica yesterday, but no one has given specifics so far. I'm waiting impatiently for a transcript!
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: March 8th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like those guys. And I gotta get caught up with Caprica.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 9th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I really enjoyed listening to both of them. Not everyone is a good interview, but these guys really are. Thoughtful, intelligent, and entertaining.

The buzz on Caprica is very good.
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