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Man-hugs and SV Insiders! [Jun. 11th, 2009|08:16 pm]
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christina_kat has posted larger 'caps of Tom and Michael hugging! They really had a tight grip on each other: HOT! Link (I wonder if the guy who posted the Lakers game clips is puzzled that one clip has been viewed ten times as often as all the others!)

Lacroix, the SV insider, has been posting at IMDB again! He hasn't been around for a while but a post blaming Michael for fake!Lex in "Requiem" seems to have prompted him to fire back a long retaliatory comment, which will be interesting to Michael fans! (Lacroix often pops up to defend Michael when fans complain they are "owed" a return of Lex.) He also talks about Sam Witwer's contract, the shock of Jimmy's death and the surprise of Tom's re-signing. Quotes behind the cut...



The crew's surprise at season 9
Well we were kinda surprised it was happening...at least with Tom. We all figured we'd be working on Justice League or something next season.

We share some of the same frustrations as the fans with the show though - like - really, after 8 seasons, he's STILL NOT SUPERMAN?

But hey, everyone's just happy to still have a job ;)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0279600/board/thread/106660971?d=138488261&p=13#138488261

A possible Justice League pilot
There have been rumours flying around, and there was even talk of shooting a JL pilot after we wrapped season 8, but that might have been just a contingency plan in case Tom didn't sign, as the pilot was never filmed.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0279600/board/thread/106660971?p=13&d=138490472#138490472

Michael's reaction to fake!Lex - Lacroix smacks down!:
Michael felt like it was a cheat. He thought that if they kept showing Lex, using body doubles, it would get the fans hopes up that he would be returning, and as he had no intention of returning, that was unfair. He wasn't outraged.

With regards to the bald cap, Michael only offered that up for his making appearance in the series finale. He would be willing to reprise Lex in the last episode of the show, but wouldn't shave his head again for it.

And shaving his head wasn't the worst part of it, he had to endure a very long make-up process every morning, and wore layers or make-up on his head in order to make his hairline disappear - this got in his clothes, he couldn't lay down between scenes if he was tired without wrecking his make-up, anything his head touched got make-up on it. 7 years of that will weigh on anyone. But wearing a bald cap would have been that much worse. You can't really understand if you haven't worn one. They take longer to apply, they're hot (they trap all your body heat under them), they're uncomfortable - they have to be pulled very tight, so they pull at your skin wherever they're attached, which is the worst on the back of the neck. They pucker and wrinkle when you move your head around, and just don't look as real as shaved head - it would be obvious that he was wearing a bald cap - plus, he'd have the same problem with his head being caked in make-up.

As for "doing nothing" prior to Smallville, that's untrue. He was the most well established actor of the younger cast. He had been in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Sweet November, Poolhall Junkies and was one of the leads on the sitcom Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane, as well as a handful of other projects.

One of the reasons he didn't do much during the run of Smallville is, he only had a 2-3 month break during the summer hiatus to do other projects, and when Smallville ended its season, Michael was still bald, which limited his marketability. The rest of the cast could go out and do whatever, but having to shave his head impacted what he could do during his time off. He disliked having to wear a wig, but did for Sorority Boys and Bringing Down the House.

While it may appear like he's done nothing since his work on Smallville ended, Michael has been keeping busy with reinventing himself. He has the ability to be more selective in what roles he takes now, and doesn't want to take the first thing that comes along. There's a lot of behind the scenes stuff going on with him.

And despite your opinion, Michael is a very talented actor. When he has a quality script in a good project, and a good director, Michael is incredible.

I don't think he ever shied away from the fact that he wasn't that interested in doing the show anymore after his contract ended - saying you want to do other things is a pretty clear indication that you're tired of doing the show, and playing the character...and shaving your head.

And for the record - he doesn't like being called "Mike"


(I love that last line!)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0279600/board/thread/138462516?d=138482409#138482409

Jimmy's death and Aaron's departure
Everyone was surprised about Jimmy's death. Aaron's a great guy, and was well liked by the whole cast and crew.

There's some truth to the DC Comic's thing, as they were never happy that he was a part of Smallville, as they felt he shouldn't be a part of Clark's life yet.

I also think they were running out of stuff to do with Jimmy. He was brought on the show to be Chloe's boyfriend, and when that went kaput, they were kind of struggling to come up with storylines for him.

There may have also been an economic reason. The show's budget was drastically cut last year, and they've probably had to do some streamlining of the cast. I can't say for sure if that was a factor, but stands to reason.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0279600/board/thread/138462516?d=138483990&p=1#138483990

Is Sam Witwer going to stay on the show or is he leaving?
He was contracted for season 9, but can't say with any certainty what the show's plans are for next season, and whether or not they include Sam.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0279600/board/thread/106660971?p=13&d=138483262#138483262
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[User Picture]From: miss_tress
2009-06-12 02:23 am (UTC)
Something about the whole comment on Michael and bald caps versus shaving just doesn't sit right with me. To me it sounds like he's trying to make it seem like something Michael has said but it really just sounds like someone Googled "bald caps" and that's the information that popped up. Why all this lambasting of something that's just a suggestion for a theoretical appearance?

In fact, lots of things he says in these comments are just a rewording of things we already know. I don't think there's one piece of information that hasn't already been out there. *shrugs* Or it could just be me.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-06-12 02:54 am (UTC)
Lacroix seems to be legit - he says he's a crew member & has posted spoilers that have turned out to be true. He revealed the list of directors for S8 before it was posted anywhere else (Craig at Ksite used his info & he generally vets his sources.)

What convinced me of his bona fides was when he revealed that Lex's final line in "Arctic" ("I love you like a brother...") had been altered from the original script. A few months later, Michael mentioned at a Con that he had changed his final line.

Months prior to the Lana-arc, Lacroix posted that he wasn't keen on how Lana's exit was handled and doubted fans would like it. He also revealed that Tom had to drop out of directing Hex because he came back ill from Christmas vacation. If he's not a crew member himself, I think he must have a source on the set. He uses Canadian spelling so I'm guessing Vancouverite.

I don't think there's one piece of information that hasn't already been out there.
As to the bald cap stuff, you're right. Michael's talked about it himself in interviews & Lacroix has also talked (at length) about it before.
http://tasabian.livejournal.com/47288.html#cutid1

It's hard to say definitively if he's for real, but I hope he keeps posting!
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[User Picture]From: tariel22
2009-06-12 03:22 am (UTC)
That's all very interesting to read, thanks a bunch for sharing! I'm glad he defends Michael, but I also think most of the people who post on the IMDb boards are idiots. Especially if they don't recognize what a gifted actor Michael is!! And honestly? I hope Michael never goes back to Smallville, not even for the series finale. He gave us our perfect ending, now they need to move ON. He seems more resolute as more time passes. Stay strong, Michael!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-06-12 03:31 am (UTC)
I'm glad he defends Michael, but I also think most of the people who post on the IMDb boards are idiots. Especially if they don't recognize what a gifted actor Michael is!!
I think if Michael came back, these same posters would be delighted! Lack of real Lex has made them cranky. Tom comes in for the same sort of IMDB criticism depending on what people thought of the episode: if it's a bad episode, it's Tom's fault! If it's a great episode, Tom's amazing!

(And of course, I'm biased too - if an insider says nice things about Michael or Tom, I'm instantly convinced they are legit!)
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[User Picture]From: eeyore1017
2009-06-12 03:42 am (UTC)
Thanks for all the inside info! :-) You always find all this great stuff!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-06-12 03:46 am (UTC)
Thanks! As always, take it with a grain of salt. I hope he's for real.

I love your new icon: SEX HAT!
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2009-06-12 03:58 am (UTC)
That hug still has me grinning. Even my nephew was like... they didn't just pat each other on the back, they GRABBED each other! lol

That original comment about Michael that Lacroix defended him on sounds like the person is a real @$$. It's just awesome to see Michael defended so well. :)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-06-12 04:02 am (UTC)
That hug still has me grinning. Even my nephew was like... they didn't just pat each other on the back, they GRABBED each other! lol
It scores 10/10 for hugging excellence! In the third of Christina's 'caps, they are just glued together.

That original comment about Michael that Lacroix defended him on sounds like the person is a real @$$. It's just awesome to see Michael defended so well.
The fanboys are grumpy from Lex-deprivation! And Lacroix always pipes up when Michael needs defending :)
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[User Picture]From: christina_kat
2009-06-12 07:00 am (UTC)
I'm really happy you liked the "hug" pics
//They really had a tight grip on each other//
Yeah, it looked cute but hot too! *hee*

I'm still hoping Michael will come bak on the show...I know he wanted to move on from the show but it would be great to be there for the season finale! I need the Clex looks/hugs/touches/fights! I need all of them!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-06-13 04:13 am (UTC)
I need the Clex looks/hugs/touches/fights! I need all of them!</i. The boys are such magic together...
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[User Picture]From: ladydreamer
2009-06-12 10:19 am (UTC)
I love how they grab at each other.

Michael did a ton of stuff during the run of the series, comparatively. If he wasn't filming something, he'd be doing VO work, bless him. The long hours that the leads have to work make it very difficult on all of them. Tom and Allison just don't have time to do anything aside from summer hiatus (and probably that's exhausting), and Erica has that erratic "Am I in the freaken ep or NOT??" thing going on with scheduling other projects. It's not easy for any of them, and Michael continued to keep his hand in other pots regardless.

I think we could give him a little leeway to BREATHE while he works on finding something that's actually worth his talent.

For what it's worth, I blame fake!Lex solely on the writers. They could have had any villain doing that role, and it didn't have to be Lex, for all it drew on his characterization and past with the other characters. They knew they didn't have Michael, and they tried to go ahead. I don't know if they assumed that loyalty would bring him back and he'd shave his head, read the assassination of his character and just be on board with it, or what. But they should have known better.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-06-13 04:16 am (UTC)
I love how they grab at each other.
It is the best thing in history!

For what it's worth, I blame fake!Lex solely on the writers. They could have had any villain doing that role, and it didn't have to be Lex, for all it drew on his characterization and past with the other characters. They knew they didn't have Michael, and they tried to go ahead. I don't know if they assumed that loyalty would bring him back and he'd shave his head, read the assassination of his character and just be on board with it, or what. But they should have known better.
Yeah, I think it was attempt to force him back. And it was dumb and probably made Michael resolve that he was never coming back.

I think we could give him a little leeway to BREATHE while he works on finding something that's actually worth his talent.
The fanboys just aren't ready to let his Lex go (which I can understand) But grumping about him is unproductive.
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[User Picture]From: jeannev
2009-06-12 04:34 pm (UTC)
Its always good to hear from Lacroix. And its great he's such an MR defender and admirer. Just as that pattylaurie imdb poster is so defensive of ED. But is it wrong that I wish we had an insider like for Tom? Neither of these posters have much to say about Tom, or really too much to say about the cast members that they seem most interested in (MR and ED). I don't begrudge that at all. I'm just pouting that we don't have one of those for Tom. At least no anymore :(
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-06-12 11:37 pm (UTC)
Lacroix has made a couple of posts about Tom but steers clear of any personal information, probably to respect his privacy. There's such a hunger for Tom-info that anything he posted, would cause a feeding frenzy! He seems to like him though, and was quick to point out that Tom couldn't direct Hex due to illness, rather than any problems on set.

I wish we had an insider like for Tom? Neither of these posters have much to say about Tom, or really too much to say about the cast members that they seem most interested in (MR and ED). I don't begrudge that at all. I'm just pouting that we don't have one of those for Tom. At least no anymore :(
Is the French student no longer at Devoted? That's too bad - She had great stories. But on the plus side, Cassidy Freeman has been generous in delivering Tom-tidbits this year and will hopefully give us more. And if Phil Morris is back we'll get lots more Tom-squee from him! He loves him some Tommy.
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2009-06-12 09:52 pm (UTC)
Aww, I love it when Lacroix leaps in to defend Michael's honour and smack down some idiot who has been whining on the IMDB boards.

I love those hugging caps! That's a proper hug there!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-06-12 11:38 pm (UTC)
That's a proper hug there!
They're practically merging!

I love it when Lacroix leaps in to defend Michael's honour and smack down some idiot who has been whining on the IMDB boards.
He will tolerate no criticism of his boy!
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[User Picture]From: whimsywinx
2009-06-14 02:17 am (UTC)
I'm focusing on the happy of the hug, but his defense of MR means people were being mean, and that makes me mad!!

Um, right. Happy hug thoughts.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-06-14 03:55 am (UTC)
his defense of MR means people were being mean, and that makes me mad!!
It was a few frustrated fanboys who desperately want Michael's Lex back. So they aren't hating so much as reacting like spurned lovers: why won't he come back to us?

The Hug rules all!
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[User Picture]From: gyri
2009-06-15 03:42 am (UTC)
Hooray for Lacroix!!!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-06-15 04:04 am (UTC)
He's the best and his Michael-love is steadfast!
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[User Picture]From: jakrar
2009-06-20 01:12 am (UTC)
Anyone who properly appreciates Michael is a good guy in my book. *g* Thanks so much for posting!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-06-20 05:47 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I love when Lacroix posts.
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