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Descent: Michael & Tom [Apr. 20th, 2008|01:39 pm]
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Judging by the interesting & passionate posts all over my f-list, this has been a controversial episode! But what everyone seems to agree on, is the awesomeness of Michael and Tom's performances and the staggering chemistry of the Clex scenes.

After all these years, they still have "it" - every Clex scene crackles with tension and suppressed yearning and subtext bobbing just below the surface. Michael and Tom bring it, every time. They're the reason I started watching SV & the reason I've kept watching.

I adore them both - and I love their friendship & mutual respect: that they talk each other up in interviews, love to prank each other and are each other's best scene partner (in my opinion!)

Behind the cut, a little Michael/Tom "love" retrospective!:



On-set hijinks
MR: ….It'll be 11PM and suddenly Tom will start making faces or I'll do a silly impression just as he's about to do his close-up. One time we were laughing so hard it took ten takes to do a scene and the director didn't know what to do with us.

TW:Yeah, Michael makes me laugh a lot....

* * *

Michael loves Tommy! (from a 2002 interview with the Sacramento Blue & Gold):
Q: So were you surprised that the general opinion now seems to be that you rated up there with the same sex appeal as Tom Welling?

MR: I just can't, it's hard, I mean...you know what? I laugh at that.

Q: Why?

MR: I look at Tom Welling every day. I mean we work together every day. And to look at him, and look at myself in the mirror, and say: "You're being compared to that?"

Q: Oh c'mon.

MR: I don't...I'm not kidding. I'm not putting myself down. I don't do that anymore. I'm not self-deprecating or whatever.. But I'm very smart in the sense that- I'm not ugly, I'm...I guess I have my attractive qualities and really the most attractive quality about me is my personality. I've been hearing that since I was 11. You know it's like, "you're cute but it's really your personality. It's like "Michael, I don't want to go out with you but you have a great personality." And you know what? I'd rather have a personality. And uh...Tom's got personality and he's got the looks. You know, I guess people like me for different reasons. And I think that's maybe because they like the character, or they like the way I'm playing the character, or they like the way I'm dressed or the way I look on the show. And that's great. And I'm just going with it. You know?

Q: So you get along with all the other members of the cast?

MR: Excellently. I would have said something if I didn't, believe me. I did some movies, actually there was this TV show that I did and I can't say we didn't get along but I can say there were a lot of egos on the set. And I pretty much said day one, "guys, if this is gonna be a five-year run we gotta all get along and we all have different personalities so it's all about respect. And um, I think my biggest fan is Tom. And I think Tom's biggest fan is me.

* * *

Tommy loves Michael! (From the "Rosetta" commentary:

Tom: An important tool I learned from Michael which I seriously will...will always take with me is the value of off-screen performance. Michael does a really good job of keeping it fresh for you. He'll keep the same cues so you're allowed to....so you know when it's your turn to speak, especially when you're not listening to what he's saying, you're just waiting for his last word...but he keeps it very fresh and interesting. He'll throw other words at you. He'll raise his intensity, he'll lower it, to really help you get a performance out and it's really helpful.... It's an important thing and I'd like to take this moment to thank you, Michael.

James Marshall (director): That was beautiful.

Michael: I don't know what to say, Tom. You're welcome, my friend.

Tom: And you completely...

Michael: You will always be a friend.

Tom: You completely deserve that Saturn award.

Michael: Thank you so much.

* * *

Tom mentions hanging out with Michael
Q: It must be strange walking around town when everyone knows you are Superman.

TW: You know what? People barely notice me! It's always Michael Rosenbaum who gets the attention. It's that bald head that gets him noticed. Last night we were staying at a hotel and I wanted to show Michael the pool, but it was fenced off and the hotel security guard just wouldn't let me past. Then Michael appears and the guard says: "Oh it's you - cool, go and have a look, but it's because I love your show ok?"

(I hope the boys did get to go swimming together - Phwoar!)

* * *

Michael sums it all up
"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."

Me either, baby!
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[User Picture]From: miss_tress
2008-04-20 07:40 pm (UTC)
*huggles my wonderful boys*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-04-20 07:52 pm (UTC)
They're so cute together :)
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[User Picture]From: myownghost
2008-04-20 07:44 pm (UTC)
that's really heartening, that they're such good friends. and you're right -- their chemistry is phenomenal onscreen.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-04-20 07:54 pm (UTC)
I wonder if their friendship lets them "not hold back" in their intense scenes? Kind of like a safety net?

Your icon is pretty!
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[User Picture]From: starry_dawn
2008-04-20 07:44 pm (UTC)
Aw, boys. They're just too darn adorable, aren't they? :)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-04-20 07:54 pm (UTC)
They are! *squishes them together*
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[User Picture]From: jeannev
2008-04-20 07:47 pm (UTC)
I really do believe, at the end of the day, when all is said and done, the thing that will most stand out about this show is the Clex relationship...and just how good Mike and Tom were together. When everything else fades away, that won't.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-04-20 07:57 pm (UTC)
I think you're exactly right! It's always great to see the way every part of our divided fandom cheers a great Clex scene - even posters that don't care about or acknowledge the sexy subtext still can't help responding to their incredible chemistry.

Your icon is wonderful!
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[User Picture]From: hils
2008-04-20 08:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, boys! *melts*

I love them both! And I hope this posts inspires lots of new RPS fics *g*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-04-20 09:40 pm (UTC)
They are so lovely and talented individually but together....WOW!
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[User Picture]From: herohunter
2008-04-20 10:15 pm (UTC)
Awwww!! What a wonderful post!!

*happysigh*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-04-20 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Their friendship is just....delightful! *admires your icon*
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[User Picture]From: tariel22
2008-04-20 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this! I just love the way they talk about each other, and that they're friends. I know it's silly, but it just makes me so happy! *is a dork*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-04-20 11:19 pm (UTC)
I completely understand - they turn me into a happy dork as well!
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2008-04-20 11:03 pm (UTC)
Awww. It's alway nice to see how well they get along. :D
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-04-20 11:20 pm (UTC)
Especially considering they're quite different personalities - quiet Tom, exuberant Michael - but I guess that's what brings the magic on screen!
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[User Picture]From: dawnybee
2008-04-20 11:21 pm (UTC)
Ahh, the boys..I love them so.

Here's one from the SV Paley fest.

Tom: The first day on the set, I walked in the trailer and said “What do I do?” and really, I can’t do what I do without these people. Rosenbaum…he’s a * good* actor, I mean, really good. He is not Lex Luthor, sorry, ladies, but he’s not. He has this discipline, he’s a per_

Annette: I thought you were going to say “pervert".

Tom: He’s that too....
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-04-20 11:41 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's fabulous! That's one I haven't seen before!

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[User Picture]From: gyri
2008-04-21 12:01 am (UTC)
Oh, this is wonderful, I love reading stuff like this. Great idea, I hope you post more!

But what I want to know is, how on earth could someone NOT want to go out with Michael??? (Re: the comment about people liking his personality but not wanting to date him, and being surprised he is thought of as sexy).

WHAT on EARTH is WRONG with those people?!?
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-04-21 12:27 am (UTC)
But what I want to know is, how on earth could someone NOT want to go out with Michael??? (Re: the comment about people liking his personality but not wanting to date him, and being surprised he is thought of as sexy).
I'm sure he has eager suitors lined up around the block! But he has said that some of his dates expect him to be just like Lex and that's (understandably) a turn-off for him. "Lex" is his day job!
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[User Picture]From: lexalicious70
2008-04-21 02:42 am (UTC)
Oh. My boys! *Hugs them both SO hard* God, I love them so much!! Thank you for posting this!

And if you've ever seen at least an interview with Michael, you know he's nothing like Lex. This is a man who, at the 2008 Seattle Hockey Challenge, interrupted an interview with a hockey player by proclaiming loudly to the building at large, "It smells like a fart right here; I'm leaving."

And then walked away without another word, leaving the player and all of us in hysterics.

THAT'S what Michael is like, bless his soul.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-04-22 02:03 am (UTC)
THAT'S what Michael is like, bless his soul.
He's so fabulous!
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From: belizeangirl
2008-04-21 11:43 pm (UTC)
AAH CLEX i love those 2 Smllville is my most favorite show i've been watching it for 7 yrs since i was a young teenager we've grown up together, i love both guys, especially my beloved Tommy.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-04-22 02:04 am (UTC)
i love both guys, especially my beloved Tommy.
They're both such cuties!
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[User Picture]From: pep_singer
2008-04-22 07:34 am (UTC)
Aw, my boys! They were magnificent in "Descent". I'll always remember and be thankful to this show for bringing these two together.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-04-23 11:10 pm (UTC)
They will be Smallville's sexiest legacy!
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[User Picture]From: jakrar
2008-04-24 05:38 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you posted this! It helps alleviate my growing anger with the show when I can focus on MR and TW being all cute together behind the scenes. *pets the boys*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-05-11 12:14 am (UTC)
It helps alleviate my growing anger with the show when I can focus on MR and TW being all cute together behind the scenes.
I know! It's an excellent coping strategy, isn't it?
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