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Smallville: Alan Ritchson talks about Tom Welling - I worship at the television altar
Smallville: Alan Ritchson talks about Tom Welling
This is from about three weeks ago, so it may be old news, but I just came across it last night and thought I'd share. I can never get enough of nice quotes about Tom.

Alan Ritchson did an interview with the Television Zombies podcast, and had this to say about Tom Welling as a director:

You know, it's gotta be tough for people who don't know him personally, because you see the character of Clark, and it's like that's, I think for a lot of people, what they might perceive Tom to be as in real life, and share sort of that same personality, and he's really nothing like Clark Kent, or the way he portrays him on the show. He's a very down-to-earth, super-nice guy, fun-loving, just such a charismatic, great guy to be around. Not that Clark isn't any of those things, but it's a special thing to be able to interact with this guy while you work with him. I learned that about him through our time acting together, and I tell people he makes a great director because he carries those things into his directing with him, and the ease about him, the ease in dealing with you, and collaborating with you, and listening to your ideas, and sharing, and bringing the best out of you, it's just so natural to him, working with people, and that makes him an exceptional director. He's got all those things, so it's just a joy to work with him on set, it makes it really easy. You know, I've worked with some directors who, they have their vision, and the way that they want it is the way it's gonna go, and there's no discussion, and it really makes a poor creative environment, I think, and Tom is definitely not like that, so it was a lot of fun to work with him in that capacity.

You can download the podcast at the Television Zombies site HERE, or from iTunes HERE (look for episode 146).

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eternal_moonie From: eternal_moonie Date: December 20th, 2010 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Another AWESOME entry! Great one honey!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 20th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for commenting!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 20th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi! *waves* Alan has given us some wonderful insights into how Tom approaches directing in his various interviews to promote Patriot, and this quote is one of my favorites. I'm glad you liked it, too. Thanks for commenting!
airygold From: airygold Date: December 20th, 2010 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I really enjoyed reading this nice comment about Tom. Also, love the banner with Tom in a Santa cap and robe!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 20th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I never get tired of hearing how much Tom's colleagues appreciate and respect him. Each new quote makes me love him more.

My banner is by the incomparable fotw_sv. She gave us the sexiest Santa ever! ;)
jeannev From: jeannev Date: December 20th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. What a lovely testimonial to our Tom. And ya know, we hear these same types of comments over and over. It seems to me that to get to really know Tom, is to love him. He may seem one way to strangers (or fans), but the person underneath seems like a totally cool dude.

And yeah, just based on the 2 times I saw Tom in person, I'd say that Tom definitely does NOT equal Clark. Tom is much more comfortable in his own skin.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 20th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's obvious from all his Patriot interviews that being directed by Tom gave Alan a whole new level of appreciation for our boy, and I so love all the tidbits he has shared. He's given us a glimpse of Tom that even his most devoted fans are rarely lucky enough to see.

There are a lot of actors about whom I wish I knew less, because I've had my naive illusions about them shattered, but everything I've ever heard about Tom has made me adore him more. I really do think he's an amazing man.

ETA: D'oh! I forgot to say Happy Birthday!! I hope you're indulging yourself today! *big birthday hugs*

Edited at 2010-12-20 11:29 pm (UTC)
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: December 20th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Funny: Tom is nothing like Clark, but in the end he has the same qualities too? You can´t have it both ways, Alan! ;)) Anyway, it´s a lovely comment, and I always start to like people who say such nice things about Tom much more than I did before.


And since I will be out soon over the holidays, let me wish you and everyone else Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year, although it will bring the end of Smallville and probably a very long time without Tom. I can´t even imagine an eternal hiatus... *sigh*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 20th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Alan won me over during his podcast interview with SHoE, back at the end of S6, but all his recent Tom stories have endeared him to me even more. :) It sounds like the two of them had a great time together on Patriot.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you, too! I don't even want to think about the Tom hiatus we'll be facing when Smallville ends. Even if he does continue acting (and I feel certain he won't jump into anything right away, unless a miracle happens and they give him the Superman film), there is such a huge time lag between when a project is filmed and when we actually see it. Look at Michael Rosenbaum, who loves to be in front of the cameras: he's made several films in the almost three years since he left the show, but none of them has seen wide release yet. My Smallville DVDs will be in heavy rotation for a long, long time, I'm afraid. :(

Edited at 2010-12-21 07:12 am (UTC)
la_belle_isa From: la_belle_isa Date: December 20th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for the lovely quote! I can't get enough of hearing nice things about Tom! and it's also a testimony of how underrated he is as an actor. People just assume he's like Clark.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 20th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was one of the things I liked best about what Alan said, the way he points out that Clark is a character that Tom has carefully crafted. I loved seeing all the praise for Tom's performance as Clark Luthor, but it's so frustrating to me that he doesn't receive the same kind of recognition for everything he brings to Clark Kent.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: December 21st, 2010 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm now imagining Alan slobbering all over Tom, like an excited puppy. And I like that image!

Thanks for the quote - so sweet!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 21st, 2010 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Alan LOVES Tom, and who can blame him?

Wow, I just finished reading your birthday fic for Val a second time, and I loved it even more. I wish the show gave us stories with that depth and complexity, but your words have given us something the writers never could. Thank you again. ♥
tasabian From: tasabian Date: December 28th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw, thanks, my dear! You're so kind. Hope the holidays are relaxing & your back is getting lots of rest!
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: December 21st, 2010 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Aww! That's so nice of him!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 21st, 2010 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Alan has said so many nice things about Tom after working with him on Patriot. He's been very generous with his praise. Plus he's totally charming, and he knows how to tell a story. I always love his interviews, especially podcast/video ones where we can hear his answers for ourselves.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 21st, 2010 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you liked it! I haven't been online much lately, and was doing random podcast searches on iTunes to see if I had missed anything good. I was so pleased to find this interview!

Thanks for decorating my journal with that gorgeous icon! It's exceptional. :)
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audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: December 22nd, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww, this is great! Thank you for posting this! AR seems like a sweet guy.
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