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Quotes from Smallville: The Official Companion Season 6
As a preview of some of the treasures to be found in Craig Byrne's new book, Smallville: The Official Companion Season 6, I've put together a post of some of my favorite quotes. Spoilery for what is in the book, obviously!

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.

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prim_rose_etta From: prim_rose_etta Date: March 19th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
indicative that Tom is woefully unappreciated by TPTB
I have to agree - in fact, Tom's talent is usually ignored or insulted by even many fans who love him for his looks.

I really began to appreciate Tom's talent when I realized that when I write fic, every one of us can imagine what Tom's Clark would look like whenever you write him reacting or saying something - he's developed a character so consistent that people take it for granted.

He's also insanely deft, as AM said, as a comic actor and his timing is too funny - I love how he acted in the Planet when he went to see Chloe about Lois having the Red-K Lipstick!hots for him: when Lois showed up and Chloe split, abandoning him with LL, he scooted after Chloe with his head tucked-down sooooo reminiscent of Chris Reeve's Clark that it was Tom's own, yet a wonderful nod to CR's Clark.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 19th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm afraid you're so right about people taking Tom for granted. I do think his performances are finely crafted, and he has so many nuances of expression and body language that enrich our enjoyment of the scenes he's in.

I loved the scene you describe from Crimson, I was giggling all the way through it! :)
jeannev From: jeannev Date: March 19th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, you are SO RIGHT about those quotes that could make your head explode, and they are [i]all about Lana[/i]. Coincidence? I think not. And I noticed in the S5 companion book, and you can see it here, Lana is [b]never to blame for what she does[/b]. Never!

There is not one iota of doubt in my mind that Tom is unappreciated, and downright disrespected and dissed by goughlar and their staff of monkies. No doubt whatsoever. And yes, he's underappreciated in the fandom as well, but fans will be fans. That doesn't bother me so much. But considering the amount of work that Tom's put into this show, the hours he works, the number of actors who have felt compelled to go out of their way to praise him and thank him for his help, and then the bottom line that this show would not be going for 8 years if the central character and actor wasn't speaking to people....well, TPTB non-appreciation is appalling.

And yes, I expect that the authors own issues with Tom are also a factor in this. Sometimes to get a quote, you need to ask the right questions. Specific questions.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: March 19th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, you are SO RIGHT about those quotes that could make your head explode, and they are [i]all about Lana[/i]. Coincidence? I think not. And I noticed in the S5 companion book, and you can see it here, Lana is [b]never to blame for what she does[/b]. Never!

There is not one iota of doubt in my mind that Tom is unappreciated, and downright disrespected and dissed by goughlar and their staff of monkies. No doubt whatsoever. And yes, he's underappreciated in the fandom as well, but fans will be fans. That doesn't bother me so much. But considering the amount of work that Tom's put into this show, the hours he works, the number of actors who have felt compelled to go out of their way to praise him and thank him for his help, and then the bottom line that this show would not be going for 8 years if the central character and actor wasn't speaking to people....well, TPTB non-appreciation is appalling.

And yes, I expect that the authors own issues with Tom are also a factor in this. Sometimes to get a quote, you need to ask the right questions. Specific questions.


Quoted for truth!!!

The possibility of the writer's issues with Tom having a direct effect on the contents of the books is the main reason I'm not buying them. If there's a petty revenge going on here I don't want to contribute to support it.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: March 19th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
So much to comment here! I wouldn't know where to begin. For instance, a writer "saying that Martha was the closest thing to a mother that Lana had since her parents died". That's so stupid at so many levels!! What about Nell, the person who loved Lana and cared for her since she was little? We never saw a Martha being "a mother" to Lana on the show! And Martha "knowing that Clark broke Lana's heart" when she herself admitted, several times, that Lana may not be the girl meant for Clark. And Martha betraying her son, the person he loves most in the whole world, so as to not "interfere" with Lana's celebration of her engagement to Lex, of all people! I almost never swear but WTF!!! AOT was RIGHT in being concerned! They made her look like a horrible mother and no contrived and stupid explanation could EVER justify what they made her do!

You know, reading some of those quotes makes me wonder if the SV writers really believe in what they say. My opinion on most of them was never high but it’s now reaching its lowest point.

As for the lack of compliments about Tom from TPTB in the book, I don't know what to think. I know for a fact, from people who have worked on the set, that Tom is liked and respected by the crew, directors... I know he doesn't get along with AG but, after reading what AG says and seeing what he does to the characters, neither would I! I wonder if the writer of the book has anything to do with that; just a thought.

Thanks for posting those quotes! I thought of buying those books but if they are Clark/Tom light in their contents then I'm not really interested. Thank you for the great info!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 19th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I was first writing this post, I added my own little commentary below each quote, to show what I did or didn't like about it. But when I got to the ones that made me crazy, all my little comments turned into incoherent babbling made up of little besides swear words and exclamation points! LOL! Your little rant about the Martha situation could have been written by me, word for word. I finally decided to just let the insanity speak for itself. *sighs*

I, too, thought Tom was at least well respected by the directors, and was surprised not to find any quotes to that effect. I wondered the same thing you did. But I'm also willing to concede that it's difficult to achieve a balance in a book like this, and that I really don't know what's behind whatever editorial choices were made. It's definitely food for thought, though.
From: seacrystal Date: March 19th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
*snorts*

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised anymore with how TPTB's and the writers' thoughts it comes to Lana. But I still can't help but feel frustrated. Whether they want to make her character is the sweet girl next door, the girl nagging about secrets and lies, a badass or whatever -- it's up to them, as long as they don't make it at the expense of other characters, especially Clark. And that's what they always do.

I'm quite happy with the glowing praises for TW from his fellow castmembers and guest stars though. I always feel like punching those who claims that those who enjoy TW in Smallville is only because of his pretty face. As if I can't think for myself why I like him as an actor. If it's just about pretty faces, then even TW and his pretty face can't save Promise for me. That's one episode I'll never ever watch again.


tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 19th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I almost feel bad that all the quotes that drove me crazy were about Lana, and I hope people realize I have nothing but admiration for Kristin Kreuk, who has spent years playing a character so many people love to hate. But it's just as you say, the Lana storylines always make everyone, Clark and Lex in particular, look bad.

The thing that bothers me most is that there is no accountability. Lana is forgiven for the very same kinds of actions that lead Clark to condemn Lex. When Lex does those things, he's a villain. But when Lana does them, it's because she's been tainted by Lex, or she was pushed into it because Clark was keeping secrets from her, or she's just trying to protect Clark. It's never her fault, and it's never her responsibility. There are no consequences for the pink princess.

I, too, am beyond tired of the attitude that Tom fans are shallow. Of course I think Tom in unbelievably pretty, because, well, he is. LOL! But that's not why I adore him. There are plenty of pretty actors about whom I couldn't care less. I'm a Tom fan because of everything he brings to the party, including his acting, his commitment to the show, and the quiet dignity he displays in RL. As far as I can tell, he is just an unbelievably good guy. [/fangirl rant] :)
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: March 19th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, man. I can safely say that SV is one show in which I *heart* the actors so very much, and just want to smack everyone else involved in the production team. The cast seems funny, smart and aware of their characters, but the rest of them just seem to know one thing: Lana. Lana, Lana, Lana. Seriously, I doubt these writers will know what to do in S8 if there are too many KK-less episodes. They seem to base everything they write around her.

Oh, but I have so much love for the actors. Justin Hartley sounds like a ball (and everyone said he was tons of fun at Asylum), Michael is always fun, Allison and Erica are way too cute. I've always thought Aaron Ashmore sounded very intelligent and well-versed with his character in interviews, so it's nice to see that confirmed. And my love for AoT has grown by leaps and bounds after that quote she made - spot-on! It's really heartening to know they all get on so well with each other. It's really sad that there's not much Tom mention from anyone apart from the actors - a book about SV without stuff about him is just not right.

Thanks for doing this - it's a really fun read! I don't have a single Official Companion book - I might just have to go out one of these days and buy myself a copy! :)
all_you_wanted From: all_you_wanted Date: March 19th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
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legendarytobes From: legendarytobes Date: March 19th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some of the quotes were awesome and some made me want to pull my hair out. I am so glad that AoT objected to that idiot plot contrivance where she agreed to go to the engagement party for Lexana. That was unbelievably stupid.

It's just, that whole scenario was wrong and did make Martha look like a terrible mother. Also, I think of all three girls, it's Lois is closest to a surrogate daughter since she lived with Martha and worked with her for two years. Giving away an heirloom to her son's ex-fiance on her wedding day to his greatest enemy (cut scenes on DVD) = WTF?

Also, Gough's quoite shows that this show is ALWAYS going to be about Lana.

Finally, Lana will NEVER be a badass. She's a whiny bitch.

jeannev From: jeannev Date: March 19th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Finally, Lana will NEVER be a badass. She's a whiny bitch.

This is why I never understand why people insist that they are going to have Lana go evil, or really dark, or be a power couple of doom with Lex. "This time its for real!" "Its just been building up!" People, just read these books. It will NEVER HAPPEN! Lana can do bad things, and she's "a rock star". And she isn't responsible because Clark pushed her to Lex, and then Lex corrupted her. Personal responsibility? When it comes to Lana, as written by these crack monkies, there is NONE. There will never be any. I promise you that a S7 book will have the writers and PTB making tons of excuses for Lana in regards to Wrath, or the Lionel kidnapping. They will defend her, and talk about how she was pushed to do it by the awful Luthors,or by her bad boyfriend Clark. No doubt Clark will also shoulder the blame for her fucking Bizarro.

I know goughlar and company lie. But not when it comes to their Lana fixation. That is 100% genuine. Thank God she is leaving. I'm just scared of how bad they will make other people look when writing her exit.


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grlmonday From: grlmonday Date: March 19th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
These people are so incredibly deluded about Lana. Jeesh...No wonder this show sucks half the time.
legendarytobes From: legendarytobes Date: March 19th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it just the worst? Lana will NEVER get called on her shit and everyone will continue loving her and Clana will end with her "sacrifice" and Clark always in love with the one he couldn't have. AlMiles have managed to make a mockery of the most famous relationship of the last century and that, no matter if you ship another pairing or are just a comics fanboy, is unforgivable.

All of Al's comments clearly make it look like nothing else matter but Lana. Not Lex, the villain, and not Clark, the future superhero. Just Lana Lang, who is little more than a footnote in the comics anyway.

I shudder to think about how they can writer her off while still singing her praises.
pep_singer From: pep_singer Date: March 19th, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for posting these.

//8) "[In Noir] Tom modeled himself after Cary Grant." Jeannot Szwarc.//

That's it! Yes, yes. It makes perfect sense, and he did a great job with it.

I love the quotes the cast give about Tom. They seemed to really love working with him and think so highly of him as a talented actor and caring friend.

And I cannot stand Souders & Peterson after reading those quotes. So Lana is more important to Martha than her own son?! Totally outrageous, and it's too bad Annette was the only one with enough sense to recognize how ridiculous Martha going to the engagement party dinner was. I felt so bad for Clark on that one.

I also love Allison's quote on the difference between Lois and Chloe.

I don't understand Goughlar's problem with TW. They rarely seem to acknowledge or compliment him anymore, and it's angering and depressing.

Also, I'd like to meet a writer whose favorite character is Clark.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: March 19th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also, I'd like to meet a writer whose favorite character is Clark.

That was Jeph Loeb. He's been gone since S4. I think that it shows in regards to Clark's character.
groundedsouls From: groundedsouls Date: March 19th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why is it Clark's fault that Lana's heart was broken?

She wouldn't let up on knowing the "secret". She basically started having an affair with Lex before they broke up. So yep it's all Clark's fault for being an alien and not trusting a woman who was getting a little too friendly with his enemy.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: March 19th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Even if you blame Clark for the break-up, yeah, whatever, fine. But why is he then responsible for her turning around and jumping right on Lex's jock? Why is it, exactly, that Lana can't be SINGLE?
angelbsb From: angelbsb Date: March 19th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
you know what kills me lana was going after lex way before clark dumped her . i will be so happy when lana is not on there in the last 5 of this season and not on most of next season lol .yeah tom's hot looking but he's a great actor i loved his preformance in the fog and both cheaper by the dozens . amiles need to respect him and allison mack too and not focus on lana lang all the time lol. i also ahted the way they made clark lust after a married woman who thought she was preganunt grrrrrrrrr.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 20th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Lana's always been fickle, IMO. She flirted with Clark while she was Whitney's girlfriend, went after him again while she was dating Jason, and then, when she finally got together with Clark, started spending all that time with Lex. I feel bad for Kristin that she has been saddled with such an unlikeable character to portray, but I'm so happy she's finally leaving the show.

I've enjoyed Tom's movie roles, too. I am so looking forward to the day (and I hope it comes, and that he doesn't quit acting after Smallville!) when I can see him on the big screen again!
acampbell From: acampbell Date: March 19th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the preview! Even though I buy the books, they drive me nuts! as does SV Mag.

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.

Methinks she got that backwards!

"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.

Callin' bullshit on that one, big time! What's Nell, chopped liver? and even though Martha and Lana had a couple of chatty scenes, I never got the feeling, even in the early seasons, that she liked her that much. She seemed (before she became Pod!Martha) that she knew she wasn't the one for Clark.

At least AOT was on target with that one. Some of the stuff she's been quoted as saying in earlier seasons was WTF??

And, heaven forbid she hurt Lana's feelings! Better to stomp all over her own son's, huh?

"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.

AggggHHHHHH!!!! Souders and Peterson are worse than AlMiles, geez. These really make me want to punch someone!

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.

"When you got to the end of the season, you saw that Lana could pretty much beat Lex at his own game." Al Gough.



Al Gough is a sick, sick man.

Oh, God, I'm furious now. After three days of capping "Promise" and now reading this?!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 20th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Alison, I'm so sorry to cause you pain! :) This fandom is just going to kill you one day, isn't it? Are those quotes unbelievable or what?! I had to post them so someone else could share in the the aggggHHHHHH! LOL! I think that's the opposite of sharing in the squee. :) I prescribe six of your favorite Clex fics and a healthy dose of your favorite libation, and don't look at any more Promise caps for at least a couple of days. :P

Every word you typed is one I thought the first time I read these. And believe me, I was thinking of you when I read the part where Lana was tainted by Lex!

I hope people don't think I want to shoot the messenger for these. I'm very thankful that Craig was able to get these quotes. At least we know we're not all crazy, and that this show really does have a bonafide, dedicated Lana agenda. Oh, I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.
marikology From: marikology Date: March 20th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Exactly why do Souders and Peterson still have jobs? they willingly admit to destroying characterization, disregard even the actors' input, to push the Clana bullshit and try to convince us of this relationship.

ETA- thanks for this insightful post. I just sit in the bookstore for an hour and read through them, I don't actually bu them cos comments like that will make me want a refund!

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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 20th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Exactly why do Souders and Peterson still have jobs?

Because the agenda they're pushing is exactly what their boss had in mind? :) The arguments the two of them offered up in defense of Crimson didn't even make sense. Sheesh.
From: kissme_myfool Date: March 20th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for posing these quotes! I'm not buying cause...well cause s6 was crap. But thanks for the wonderful quotes!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 20th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'm the completist type, I have a compulsion to buy them all. LOL! And honestly, I enjoy them all. Wasn't what AM said about the difference between Chloe and Lois just perfect? I loved that.

And tonight is going to be AWESOME!!! Am I allowed to say I hope you make icons of this one? *makes big pleading puppy dog eyes* :)
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