A dozen quotes I read in Craig's new book that I loved:
1) "Wither. Finally, I got to take my shirt off! I was getting worried for a while that it might not happen, but a sigh of relief came over me as I read the scene where I would be shirtless." Justin Hartley.
2) "Tom was fun to work with. He was very giving as an actor; he really wanted to talk about the story and create the world, which was great, because I was really excited to be in the situation, and he was excited too." Amber McDonald.
3) "I just threw this little thing in, I have no idea where it came from. The line was, 'Ring that bell' to Clark, and I'm giving him a little fist, but as soon as I said it, I was like, 'Oh man, that was kind of weird.' But Tom's like, 'No, no, no! Dude, that was funny! You've gotta keep that! I think that's really gonna work! That was just perfect for the scene, perfect for the character.'" Aaron Ashmore.
4) "Tom is a really brilliant comedic actor, and he doesn't get to play that very often on the show, but he's so funny, and his timing is exquisite." Allison Mack.
5) "[In Trespass] I enjoyed writing [Mack's] point of view, because a lot of our audience is not behind Lana being in Lex's world. It was a good opportunity to reflect the perspective of the Lana fans, and to voice the opinion that Lana is lessened by her relationship with Lex." Tracy Bellomo.
Mack was Lana's crazy stalker in the episode. Expressing the viewpoint of Lana fans everywhere. LOL!
6) "I have always loved Chloe. She is fantastic. I mean, all of the characters are really interesting, but Chloe is fun and smart, and she truly loves Clark and everyone else. She's also really intriguing, and Allison plays her so well that she is always fun to read, write, and watch." Genevieve Sparling.
7) "I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I absolutely adore Tom. I have so much fun working with that guy. We have a lot of laughs. We talk every day - I can't believe it's been seven years. I really appreciate him, especially as [Nemesis] was probably one of the toughest episodes, because it was one of those times where we just dreaded coming to work. But when we were there, I don't know how many times that [the director] Mairzee, who we adore, would have to go, 'Guys, we've gotta get this!' because we were laughing so hard." Michael Rosenbaum.
8) "[In Noir] Tom modeled himself after Cary Grant." Jeannot Szwarc.
9) "[In Phantom t]here's a moment that wasn't in the script when I decided to walk away from Lana and go and close the doors. I felt that was a very frightening moment. What is he capable of? Although we saw him smack her, I think closing the doors was scarier and cooler because you didn't know what was going to happen. Was he going to kill her? What was he going to do? And that's who Lex is: he's just unpredictable at times, and you don't know what's going on in that mind of his. He's got a mad genius of a mind. I love that scene." Michael Rosenbaum.
10) "Lois is all about exposing things; Chloe is all about finding the truth." Allison Mack.
11) "It's so strange now, because everybody seems to know about Clark's secret. It's not a secret anymore. Chloe knows, Lana knows, and Lionel knows. Does Lex know? He's awfully stupid if he doesn't." John Glover.
12) "I'd work with Michael Rosenbaum any day of the week and twice on Sunday; I have a ball with that guy. Tom, I love working with Tom, and I have the utmost respect for him. Everybody's great." Justin Hartley.
A half dozen quotes I read in Craig's new book that made my head want to explode:
1) "[In Labyrinth] Clark realized that even though he had broken up with Lana and he wanted to let her go, he couldn't. He still loved her, and she meant more to him than he had realized, and that's what the episode is really about. It's Clark coming to terms with that and accepting it and just saying, 'This is the reality: I'm in love with this woman and I can't let her go.'" Al Septien.
2) In three parts:
a) "I went in to loop [Crimson], and they had me loop a line in the beginning saying I was accepting the invitation [to Lex and Lana's engagement party]. I said, 'I can't do that! I look like a fool! I look like I'm betraying Clark!' But I was told that I had to because they had cut the whole scene with Lex and Lana. I was livid because that makes Martha look like such a bad mother." Annette O'Toole.
b) "We had that discussion, but what we ultimately talked about was that Martha's the closest thing to a mother that Lana's had since her parents died. So for Martha to hurt Lana's feelings and turn her down would have been equally difficult to do." Kelly Souders.
c) "As much as Martha wants to be there for her son, she knows that it was Clark who broke Lana's heart. She's a very compassionate person. You could make an argument either way. She wouldn't be so petty as to let that interfere with trying to celebrate something that's so important for Lana." Brian Peterson.
3) "[Lana]'s such a badass, and what she's doing is so insane, but you understand it because it comes from this place of love, of protecting Clark. She's read the Luthor handbook of how to get things done. You understand why she's been tainted and why she's doing things with an iron fist, but it's cool to see her kind of being a rock star when Clark's away." Caroline Dries.
4) "The central tenet of the show is that Clark loves Lana and Lana loves Clark, regardless of whether or not they're together. Basically, she was with Lex because Clark had forced her into his arms, and then she got in over her head. Of course, she's always going to love Clark, as she does in the comics. It's a relationship that never really comes together, but she always loves him." Al Gough.
5) "When you got to the end of the season, you saw that Lana could pretty much beat Lex at his own game." Al Gough.
6) "It's amazing what exposure to the Luthors will make you do, isn't it? Lana being involved with Lex has brought out a side of her personality that probably wouldn't have been revealed if it weren't for that exposure. It's given her a darker side." Holly Harold.
And one final observation:
I find it noteworthy that while Tom's fellow actors, particularly Michael Rosenbaum, are unreservedly generous in their praise of him, I can't recall a single quote in the book where a writer, director, or producer compliments Tom on his acting or his other contributions to the show. I don't know if this is coincidental, or indicative that Tom is woefully unappreciated by TPTB, but as an ardent fan, I had to comment on it.