|Tom & Michael: Pic & quote-spam
||[May. 13th, 2008|09:05 pm]
Since I'm still in denial that this week's SV finale may mark the last time the boys ever act opposite each other (*sob*), here's another big-ass Tom & Michael post.
At the Calgary Con on April 27, Michael was asked about saying "goodbye" to the cast & crew.
Michael: "The cast and crew, I mean, they're like family. I see them more than my own family. Like Tom....he's like (*adopts gruff Tom-voice*) "and yes, I will miss you". 'Cause Tom doesn't really say too much. He's like, you know, not as emotional as Lex...."
(As Lex? Or as Michael!)
Mutual Admiration Society
In addition to complimenting each other's performances, they've sometimes complimented each other's looks! Here's a Tom-quote from 2001:
Q: Were you there when Michael Rosenbaum shaved his head for his role as Lex Luthor?
Tom: I saw him maybe five minutes before he shaved it. He didn't have much hair to begin with. But I think it looks great on him. It's very becoming.
Michael has repeatedly extolled the beauty of Tom's ass...from the 2003 upfronts:
"I'm really sorry. I was back there doing an interview with E! -- which will never air, by the way, because my name isn't Tom Welling, and I don't have a sexy ass. Hey, did you guys see that episode last week? Doesn't he have a great ass?"
and here's a quote from 2006, where Michael praises the whole package:
"One my one day off in Vancouver, on a rainy, foggy day -- no pun intended -- I went and saw 'The Fog.' When Tom was in the shower scene, I called him. I go, 'Tom, I'm halfway through your movie, dude. You look so hot in the shower.' It was hilarious.
"I'm very supportive. And Tom saw me in 'Sorority Boys' four times."
Tom and I have that in common! Michael reverted to this theme later in 2006, in this quote from MetroCon:
"Well, it's hard to consider yourself hot when you have to get up and look at Tom Welling every morning. But every now and then, I think I might be a little cute."
(He knows he's cute. Sexy minx.)
Regarding the onscreen chemistry, Michael says:
I've never worked with anyone like Tom Welling, in terms of eagerness and ambition, abut there's no ego. We go on set and we try to get the best out of each other. We play with each other between takes. It's just a joy.
(I would enjoy seeing them "playing". Oh, yes.)
Tom can play too! Here he is on MTV in 2003, teasing the fans:
Tom: Well, the thing is, Michael Rosenbaum who plays Lex....I actually bought him a car for Christmas.
Host: Did you really?
Tom: Yes, but he didn't get me anything! He says it's back ordered, whatever it is, but I think he's lying....
(This is probably a joke but I'm going to pretend it's all true.)
Regarding the dynamic between the guys, here's a quote from Allison Mack ("Truth" commentary):
"Michael brings out a lot of fun in Tom. Tom has a tendency to get really serious."
A shared sense of humour seems to have bonded the guys from the start and the teasing has gone on for seven years! in 2004, Kristin Kreuk said:
The boys definitely play more practical jokes on one another more than anyone else; the boys as in Tom and Michael. And they do it a lot!
They aren't the most sophisticated of pranksters - but they seem to enjoy themselves. Here's Tom, from a radio interview in 2005, describing a (ahem) lube trick he played on Michael:
DJ: How is it working with Michael Rosenbaum on Smallville?
TW: If he wasn't as funny as he is, I'd have killed him by now. He is so funny.
DJ: He seems like a character.
TW: He is definitely a character. He's a great guy. He's great to work with, umm, but he's all over the place, all the time.
DJ: Like, what's the craziest thing he's done on set?
TW: The craziest thing? Well, he's just, he's like a five-year-old. He's always just starting trouble and umm, but we get him every once in a while. The other day he had a close up and he was trying to get out of set real quick and catch a plane out of town to go to some party in Vegas with Jerry Bruckheimer. You know, he lives the high life, Michael. And just as he's going in for his close up, for the last shot, the last thing he's gotta do, he shakes my hand and I'm off camera and I had a whole hand full of vaseline. And I just smeared it all through his hand and up into his arm, and he didn't break and they said cut and then he freaked out.
TW: And he's screamin' out, and so who knows what people thought of him when he got on the plane with a hand full of vaseline. I'm not sure.
Tom enjoyed this story so much he told it again to Cosmo in 2006!
"Michael Rosenbaum [who plays Lex Luthor] and I like to play jokes on each other. Once, they were doing a close-up of his face while I shook his hand. But I'd filled my hand with petroleum jelly, so when we shook, it all oozed through his fingers. I was moving my hand all around, getting it in there."
Michael plays pranks on Tom too. coolwhipdiva offered this report from a con:
Rosenbaum was talking about how he pranks Tom Welling on set a lot. He gave as an example that one day when he knew Tom was trying to take a nap, he got a golf cart and a box of water bottles, and drove up to Tom's trailer yelling "water for Mr. Welling! Water for Mr. Welling!" and then threw the bottles at the door to wake Tom up. He said Tom just looked at him like, "dude, I was trying to sleep."
Michael has told the story of Tom messing with his "Freak" script numerous times:
Tom and I are pretty tight. We laugh way too much and have a great deal of respect for one another. He works every day but we hang out when we can. He's a great guy. God, I wish I had something bad to say about someone but I don't. Although he recently played a prank on me and I'm going to give him a super-ass-kicking when I see him next. I'm directing an episode in February and while I was resting in my trailer, Tom wrote things all over my script. I'm not talking about little things, but big things, plus some pretty big illustrations. It wouldn't have been a big deal but I didn't open that script to look at it until I was on the plane. So when I did open it, the guy next to me thought I was some sadistic sicko, to say the least. Welling's gonna get it. I'm thinking of doing something to his trailer.
Michael adds details to this story every time he tells it! From the S6 SV companion:
…This old man was sitting next to me looking over my shoulder and I tried to explain myself….I was going, ‘Hahaha, this is my friend who did this. This is the script and he’s Superman…
They've had so much fun together....and it shows onscreen, which is why Clex scenes are never dull and the chemistry is still as potent as it was seven years ago.
And in conclusion....
*sigh* Thanks for seven seasons of hotness, boys!