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New projects for SV people; Lacroix returns! [Feb. 21st, 2010|06:43 pm]
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Kristin K. has landed a new CBS pilot "Hitched", a sitcom from the guy who created the "OC" and "Chuck": "A multi-camera comedy about a newlywed couple and their friends, family." Despite the presence of the great Canuck hero Eugene Levy, I'm not sure about this. KK has been great on Chuck, but that's action-comedy not comedy-comedy. I'd rather see her stick to action & genre.

Sam. W. has been cast in a show with a high concept premise: A drama chronicling the lives of five adult quintuplets. Its title? "The Quinn-tuplets."

Michael, meanwhile, continues to march to the beat of his own sexy drum and tweeted that he was shooting a fairy tale short film this weekend with young Star Trek actor Jimmy Bennett. Amusingly, Michael was promptly tweeted by "little Lex", Conor Stanhope, who might be wondering why he didn't get the call for the Jimmy role!


After an absence of almost a year, Lacroix-the-SV-insider is back posting at IMDB. He never gives away big spoilers but there are some interesting tidbits in his latest posts. (WARNING: small spoilers.)



There have been an assortment of Clark-doubles lately on SV lately - one at the Planet in "Absolute Justice" and some Red Blue Blurs in "Warrior."

Lacroix on the AJ double: His name is Jason Cecchini, he's Tom's stand-in on the show.

The script called for Lois to mistake someone for Clark, and the producers decided to give it to Jason.


On the Warrior look-alikes ...the guy at Comic-Con was supposed to be dressed as Red/Blue Blur, and it was an in joke. The guy who played him is Simon Martel, and he does a lot of photo doubling for Tom on the show.

he was dressed as the blur, and was leading a small posse of blurs. There were quite a few people dressed in red and blue at the con.

The fact that he was wearing Clark's old outfit was meant to make you think it was Clark at first, as well as using Simon Martel, who photo doubles for Tom on the show. It was just a little joke.


If you looked around, there were a number of extras dressed in red and blue, even one guy dressed up as Green Arrow (wearing Ollie's Robin Hood costume the he wore to Lex's costume party).


(I could have some fun with a "posse of Blurs"!)

On production: Smallville is taking a 2 week hiatus during the winter Olympics. Production resumes with episode 19 on March 1st.

Annette: Everyone seems to be excited to have Annette and Michael McKean coming back to the show. I know the crew all seem to miss Annette.

(I bet they do! Hot Mama.)


Fan doubts that it was really Tom at the Olympics. Lacroix responds: "Tom's face is thinner than it used to be, more angular. Plus I recognize the hat."

(Tommy does look a little slimmer this year - hope he's not working too hard!)

Tom directing again?: I can remember who is directing 3 of the last 4 episodes, Tom may be the one I'm missing. If so, then he would be doing #20, but I don't think he is.

Use of "Superman" nixed There was a line in the original script for Legion where Garth refers to Clark as Superman when talking to the other Legionaires, but the line was changed.

Clark's red jackets! The jackets originally came from The GAP. After they were discontiued, the show had them custom made.

And finally...Lacroix never posts without launching into his favourite topic: Michael! Big love for The Sexy! Once again, Lacroix explains all Michael endured in the head-shaving department. Get out your handkerchiefs!

"Every day that he worked, he had to have his head freshly shaved, and then multiple layers of make-up had to be applied in order to hide any evidence of a hairline. The make-up would come off on his collar, and would stain anything it touched. This often required wardrobe to have multiple shirts for him, and something to cover his shirt collars in between takes. He wasn't able to properly relax between scenes, wasn't really able to lay down if he had a break (and when you are working a 12-14 hour day, sometimes you need to lie down), and if he did, it meant having to reapply his make-up.

Every morning it took an hour and a half to apply his make-up, and that was with 2 people working on it, and a half hour to remove at the end of the day.

This went on for 7 years.

He started the show when he was 28, and was bald until he was 35, which is hard for a young actor. He wasn't really able to do side projects during the break between seasons...because he was bald. That sort of thing really wears on you.

He gave Smallville and the character of Lex Luthor everything he had for as long as he was on the show.

It was his choice to move on when his contract ran out. He wanted to have the opportunity to play different characters, and develop his own projects.

He's spent the past couple of years doing just that. He's been taking his time, and taking a break. He has stuff happening, but because people don't see it, they assume he's not doing anything, and that it was a mistake for him to leave the show. Rest assured Michael has been very busy with his own projects, and you can expect to hear about them soon.

As for returning to Smallville to reprise Lex, there has been communication between the producers and Michael all season. He's open to the idea, but it has to be right for him and right for the show."


Hmm, Tom's a producer....would like to imagine the communication between those two, yes I would. And here's poor baby getting a head shave! (In the video where Conor S. gets his head shaved for Eternity, the hairdresser notes fondly that Michael complained "every single day" about his shaves and I don't doubt it. But selfishly, I am glad we got seven years of his beautiful head.)


Here's the link to all of Lacroix's posts:
http://www.imdb.com/user/ur0006791/boards/profile/
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[User Picture]From: frelling_tralk
2010-02-22 12:01 am (UTC)
Thanks for that info. Cute pic! :)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-22 12:21 am (UTC)
You're welcome!
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2010-02-22 12:10 am (UTC)
Aww! Nice to hear from Lacroix again and he still loves Michael, yay! I've noticed several people whingeing about how Michael should never have left SV recently, so glad to see Lacroix leaping in to defend him again.

I'm looking forward to this short film of Michael's, I hope he tweets us some more news about it soon!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-22 12:27 am (UTC)
Nice to hear from Lacroix again and he still loves Michael, yay! I've noticed several people whingeing about how Michael should never have left SV recently, so glad to see Lacroix leaping in to defend him again.
Lacroix will not tolerate any criticism of his boy! It's interesting that he notes that discussions with Michael are ongoing...I hope Michael really does hold out for a great script/plotline if he returns to SV.

I'm looking forward to this short film of Michael's, I hope he tweets us some more news about it soon!
Very intriguing! Hope he posts the film soon. And next weekend is the hockey challenge so FINALLY we'll get some new photos!
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[User Picture]From: suzycat
2010-02-22 12:15 am (UTC)
MR used to have his head shaved every day? Say it ain't so Lacroix! Tell us more about the details we've never ever heard before!!!!

He's right about the difficulty for MR with the baldness limitation though. When he started he was 28 but he easily passed for Lex's 21 and he could and did have a history of juvenile roles. He doesn't look young any more. He looks *good* but he looks very manly and adult now, not like a gangly post-teen. And I remember reading interviews with MR in the *first year*, when onscreen Lex was dripping with complex charismatic awesomeness that kind of damped down as Lex was kind of put on a backburner of "not evil yet, Clark's ATM", because MR had interesting material and was interested. Back *then* he said he'd never do episodic TV again after that role because he loves creating different characters and liked the way you can just wrap up a character in three months, in film. He's very ADD. He may have changed his mind about telly now but MR is a *character actor first and foremost*. He needs to do lots and lots and lots of different roles so he can grow up to be JK Simmons or someone equally flexible and awesome.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-22 12:22 am (UTC)
Say it ain't so Lacroix! Tell us more about the details we've never ever heard before!!!!
This is at least the third time Lacroix has given a long, empathetic post about the horrors of Michael's headshaving. He's got a big man-crush on Rosey!

He may have changed his mind about telly now but MR is a *character actor first and foremost*. He needs to do lots and lots and lots of different roles so he can grow up to be JK Simmons or someone equally flexible and awesome.
I agree - Simmons is an awesome career template to follow.
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[User Picture]From: carolandtom
2010-02-22 12:16 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot for the heads-up and the link!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-22 12:23 am (UTC)
I always want more Tom-info from Lacroix but I guess he has to be careful not to reveal his identity or he'd get in trouble with the show!
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[User Picture]From: lonelywalker
2010-02-22 03:14 am (UTC)
...the Quinn-tuplets? Oy.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-22 03:17 am (UTC)
I know! And it's NOT a comedy!
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[User Picture]From: gyri
2010-02-22 04:38 am (UTC)
You find the best intel. I love Lacroix's support of Michael. I wonder just whoLacroix is?

I've not been keeping up with SV at all, but for sure I'd watch if Michael returned. But it would have to be perfect for him.

I really don't know how he put up with the head-shaving and makeup headaches for one year....let alone seven.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-22 04:43 am (UTC)
I really don't know how he put up with the head-shaving and makeup headaches for one year....let alone seven.
I'm grumpy enough in the mornings without a razor to the head every day! At least, there was mutual love between him & his hairdressers!

I've not been keeping up with SV at all, but for sure I'd watch if Michael returned. But it would have to be perfect for him.
That's the worry, that he wouldn't return just to be used as a cog in the plot, or deux ex machina.
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2010-02-22 04:51 am (UTC)
Aww!! That pic is so adorable!

I really can't imagine how hard that must have been for Michael to go through all that with having his head shaved and everything. That would get old very quickly and to endure it for 7 years... certainly takes a special man.

I'd love to see Michael in something sometime soon, but as long as he's doing things that's keeping him happy, that's what matters.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-22 04:53 am (UTC)
I'd love to see Michael in something sometime soon, but as long as he's doing things that's keeping him happy, that's what matters.
I'm more selfish than you - he needs to post his film soon & make ME happy!

Michael might have the Guinness record for most head shaves for an acting role!
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[User Picture]From: christina_kat
2010-02-22 06:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you for all these honey :)
Please Michael come back, Tommy needs you *hee*

The hiatus info is interesting!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-23 01:16 am (UTC)
Please Michael come back, Tommy needs you
Tom needs to send him some flowers & candy - woo him back!
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[User Picture]From: foreverknightfa
2010-02-26 07:21 pm (UTC)

KK actng

On the SV and two of the movies I've seen her in, I can honestly say that IMO KK is okay as an actress, not great, and I highly doubt she could pull off a comedy. ED, OTOH has done some comedies in two movies that I know off and done both very well.

As for TW, yeah he does look leaner, and the Olympics photo ( which I am pretty sure IS him) shows his cheekbones, which we haven't seen in a few years. He does have a lot on his plate ( no pun intended) right now, or so I've heard, so if it is stress-related and not his intentional diet, I hope he takes time to " decompress".
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[User Picture]From: foreverknightfa
2010-02-26 12:37 am (UTC)

LaCroix

What I found interesting about " Lacroix" other than his obvious inside info on SV is that as a " Forever Knight" fan the name Lacroix is the name of a vampire character in the series, the sire of Nick Knight and played by Nigel Bennet. Seeing as both SV and FK have Canadian productions, the thought did occur to me that Lacroix could be someone connected to both series.

Well it sure is more interesting than SV magazine.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-03-01 02:50 am (UTC)

Re: LaCroix

Seeing as both SV and FK have Canadian productions, the thought did occur to me that Lacroix could be someone connected to both series.
Could be! He also seems to be a big fan of Highlander.
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