Interviewer: Shmuel Reuven for JewReview.net
Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) has confirmed that next season will his last, and most likely the showâ€™s last season as well. Hereâ€™s what else he had to say:
Shmuel Reuven (SR): So howâ€™s the shooting going on Smallville?
Michael Rosenbaum (MR): Weâ€™re finishing up; Mondayâ€™s my last day, and then Iâ€™m going to Paris for a while, but itâ€™s really great, I have to say. Itâ€™s a great year, the ratings are consistently high. Itâ€™s great when youâ€™re on a show that has that longevity, but itâ€™s even better when a showâ€™s ratings are so high; our showâ€™s ratings are just as high as the first couple seasons. Weâ€™re creating more and more fans, and I know weâ€™re going next year. That will be my final year, and then I can hopefully delve into more comedies. For me, itâ€™s great work and I think the show is getting intense as we go; Lex is inevitably getting darker, and next year is when he lets all his colors show.
SR: Youâ€™re finishing up the season finale on Monday?
MR: Yeah, itâ€™s my last day on the finale; weâ€™re finishing it.
SR: Is anything going to happen with Lex on in the upcoming remaining episodes of this season?
MR: Lex Luther and Lana Lang just got married; Lana was pretty much forced into getting married to Lex. Lionel Luther pretty much forced her into doing so. Lex really thinks he established true love; he doesnâ€™t always do the right thing, but I think he really loved Lana. And Clarkâ€™s torn because he really thought Lana was going to marry him and not Lex; something happened in the last episode, Promise, that now their marriage is on thin ice, itâ€™s not going as planned. Lanaâ€™s finding things out about Lex and things about her pregnancy. Itâ€™s getting a lot darker than it has in years. Lex has a project heâ€™s been working on, and he definitely has ulterior motives and he is ambitious, but I think that ambition gets the best of him. Heâ€™s still trying to hold on; heâ€™s trying not to go to the dark side, but itâ€™s pretty inevitable.
SR: Youâ€™re in the sixth year now â€“
MR: Yeah, weâ€™re finishing up our sixth year and next year is the last year.
SR: Have you become Lex in your off-Smallville time? Have you grown into the character?
MR: Yeah, I found it in the first couple years, I was a little nervous; in the first year, I was trying to find the character. You want to please the audience, but you want to bring some humility to the character; I donâ€™t want him to be a cartoon. I try to make every character I do, and thatâ€™s who he is â€“ as long as you stay in that box. And Iâ€™ve been pretty lucky, but I guess, over the years itâ€™s become easier and easier.
SR: Whatâ€™s it like to have a director like Rick Rosenthal come back to direct certain episodes?
MR: Yeah, Rick directed some of my favorite movies; he directed Bad Boys with Sean Penn. Heâ€™s a joy to work with; he directed the big marriage episode. Heâ€™s one of those guys whoâ€™s really easy going, heâ€™ll let you do your own thing; but he definitely knows a lot, and he likes to let you know â€“ (in his best Rick voice) â€œWell, let me tell you, Michael, if youâ€™re going to do that, I know this from experienceâ€¦â€™ Heâ€™s just a great guy and he has a great vision; itâ€™s great working with him always.
SR: If thereâ€™s one thing to intrigue the fans a little for the next few episodes, what would it be?
MR: This year is a big year, but next year is going to be the biggest year of all; itâ€™s the final year and everyoneâ€™s going to see what Lex Luther is really capable of. All hellâ€™s going to break loose!
Catch the final episodes of “Smallville” Thursdayâ€™s at 8PM on The CW.
Also, donâ€™t forget to see Michaelâ€™s dance skills in “Kickinâ€™ It Old School”; in theaters April 27th. It stars Jamie Kennedy and Maria Menounos, among some of your favorite 80â€™s TV characters including Knight Rider himself, David Hasselhoff and Websterâ€™s Emmanuel Lewis!
JewReview.net have the full interview with Michael in the next couple weeks. Be sure to visit their Website for the followup.