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Lionel touches Lex [Jul. 6th, 2009|03:49 pm]
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Yay for internet today! The server for my corner of the world has been acting up lately...

I recently re-watched the DragonCon clip where Michael explains how John Glover taught him to unexpectedly touch other actors:

Michael: "The great thing about John is he taught me how to touch people, or be touched, and feel comfortable with it. What I'm trying to say is in a scene....I remember the first scene, John would just go...(Michael reaches over and strokes his friend Chris's head) and at first I was, like "what the hell are you doing, John?"(As JG) "I'm touching my son." Oh, okay that's kinda weird. (as JG) "Just live in the moment, Michael..." I'm trying, John! I'm trying. But by the end of the show, it's like (strokes Chris again) "Oh, Clark...."

John's unscripted touches and Michael's reactions added so much to the Lex/Lionel dynamic. A little retrospective picspam behind the cut.



In Michael and John's first scene, Lionel looms over Lex...

Lex knows the hand is coming, and braces himself.

So beautiful and vulnerable.


When they argue in "Tempest", Lionel asserts himself with a sudden *GRAB*


Lionel, taking advantage of his "blindness."

John's really going to town with the face-stroking...Michael must have been giggling the instant the director yelled "CUT!"


Gorgeous two-shot of John and Michael:

Lex is always wary of his father's touch, always waiting for other shoe to drop, for Lionel to get angry.

Contrast that with Clark and Jonathan: Clark is so used to his father's affection, he takes a hand on the shoulder for granted.


One of Lionel's trademarks: his loom! Beautiful shot of John and Michael's faces.

He turns Lex around to face him - one of Lionel's ways of showing dominance.

Lex, once again, wary of his father's hand.


Lex is keeping very still here. A trapped animal, forced to submit to Lionel.

The eyebrow stroking is surely a Glover-improv!


Michael does so well at showing Lex's terror of his father, which he so tries to hide. And John is amazing at playing "terrifying."


One of Smallville saddest moments: the instant "Clark" attacks him, Lex weakly says "Dad?"


By season 5, Lex is starting to fight back a little...

And push Lionel away. But Lionel needs a son to mold, to dominate.

Hence, his latter-season fixation on Clark.


But Lionel still won't relinquish Lex. And by S7, the claustrophobia of the relationship is overwhelming, letting the audience understand Lex's need to finally push Lionel away, forever.


In the middle of all the scripted drama, it's very nice that Michael and John developed such a close bond!



'caps by acampbell and kryptonsite.
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[User Picture]From: spike21
2009-07-06 09:00 pm (UTC)
this is so nostalgic! And yes, their relationship was the highlight of the show for me and John and Michael developed a really interesting off screen relationship. Thanks! This cheered me up!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-06 09:11 pm (UTC)
Glad you're feeling better!

And yes, their relationship was the highlight of the show for me and John and Michael developed a really interesting off screen relationship.
It's nice they've stayed friends. Apparently, Michael went to see John in "Waiting for Godot" recently!
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[User Picture]From: miss_tress
2009-07-06 09:05 pm (UTC)
Oh John Glover and his touching of things, whether it be people or props. I miss him so!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-06 09:12 pm (UTC)
There's no replacement for Glover, is there? (Or Michael, of course.) So much fun to watch the master at work!
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[User Picture]From: azrielle_jones
2009-07-06 09:07 pm (UTC)
*shivers* This post is so creepy-awesome! Seeing all the bad touch in one place makes me feel totally molested! Poor Lex.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-06 09:13 pm (UTC)
It's a conundrum for me because Lionel touching Lex = disturbing....but John touching Michael = AWESOME!

It really added a cool, creepy layer to that relationship.
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[User Picture]From: jlvsclrk
2009-07-06 09:31 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that was really interesting! When you talked about the changing of Lionel's fixation to Clark, I was reminded of this picture from Insurgence. It's like Lex sees what's coming in the future and fears for Clark.
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[User Picture]From: christina_kat
2009-07-06 09:41 pm (UTC)
I so love this scene! Lex was really jealous that Lionel touched Clark like he likes him! he never touched his own son this way!

Great picspam tasabian! you are a doll! :)
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[User Picture]From: myfablexy
2009-07-06 09:40 pm (UTC)
Babe, your posts are always the best!!
Thanks for sharing!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-06 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie!
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[User Picture]From: whimsywinx
2009-07-06 09:59 pm (UTC)
D'awwwwww! Poor vulnerable Lex! *pets him*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-06 10:05 pm (UTC)
Lex really needed round-the-clock snuggling!
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[User Picture]From: lexalicious70
2009-07-06 10:54 pm (UTC)
Wow. Just wow. Thanks so much for this! I ADORE the Lex/Lionel dynamic, but people avoid talking about it because of the squick factor. Such great pics! *MMWAH!* Awesome!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-06 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Thanks so much for this! I ADORE the Lex/Lionel dynamic, but people avoid talking about it because of the squick factor.
The squick factor is no accident, John making Lionel as sinister as possible! I find Lex's relationship with his father too tragic to think about too deeply (poor Lex; poor baby). It's easier to focus on John & Michael's chemistry and how much they enjoy their scenes together!
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2009-07-06 10:58 pm (UTC)
God I love those two! The Lex and Lionel relationship was what hooked me on the show in the first place (even before the Clex!) - those two are just amazing in scenes together.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-06 11:37 pm (UTC)
They play off each other so brilliantly, so many little improvs and moments. Putting them together was a stroke of casting genius!
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[User Picture]From: iibnf
2009-07-07 12:31 am (UTC)
The eye brow stroking was one of the creepiest things I've ever seen.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-07 02:16 am (UTC)
It really is creepy. Poor caged Lex, involuntarily stroked, with no recourse but to bite.

Michael looks so beautiful in that scene.
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[User Picture]From: gyri
2009-07-07 01:03 am (UTC)
Great post, great theme!

I absolutely love, love, love that last cap! That huge smile always warms my heart.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-07 02:17 am (UTC)
Thank you!

That huge smile always warms my heart.
It's such a brilliant smile, isn't it? Gorgeous silly boy!
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2009-07-07 02:08 am (UTC)
That interview with Michael and Chris always makes me laugh. And Michael and John were so wonderful together. SV misses them so much.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-07 02:18 am (UTC)
There's nothing like the Luthor vs Luthor dynamic!
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[User Picture]From: lonelywalker
2009-07-07 06:32 am (UTC)
Awww, those two. I absolutely adore that Behind the Scenes interview they did together.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-07 05:38 pm (UTC)
They are such tremendous fun!
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[User Picture]From: jakrar
2009-07-08 12:15 am (UTC)
John and Michael were always brilliant together, and they brought life to the Lionel/Lex dynamic as no one else could have. *shivers* Amazing pic-spam, both gorgeous and highly disturbing!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-08 01:41 am (UTC)
Thank you!

John and Michael were always brilliant together, and they brought life to the Lionel/Lex dynamic as no one else could have.
Both guys have mentioned in interviews that they didn't rehearse too much before a scene, in order to keep the element of surprise. And it really makes their scenes crackle with tension!
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[User Picture]From: jh_july001
2009-07-08 12:56 am (UTC)
I really miss them!
The first time I saw Lionel trying to touch Lex's face (during ep 3 I think) I was a little surprised! Then I got used to it!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-08 01:41 am (UTC)
The first time I saw Lionel trying to touch Lex's face (during ep 3 I think) I was a little surprised! Then I got used to it!
It definitely happened a lot - no surprise John couldn't resist petting Michael!
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[User Picture]From: enderwiggin24
2009-07-13 12:54 pm (UTC)
awwwwwwwwwwwwww the good old luthocest times!!!!!!!!
thanks for these lovely reminder :D
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-13 06:24 pm (UTC)
Aren't they magnetic together?
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