Lex Luthor in Smallville
Oscar- wining veteran actors Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey may have, respectively, installed Luthor with camp cunning likeability and menacing intimidation in their movie takes on the character. But it was Michael Rosenbaum who helped ground Superman’s greatest nemesis ( and former friend) on the smaller screen with an undercurrent of sympathetic pathos as the rich yet lonely and troubled incarnation of Lex. Smallville ran for a whole decade, and Rosenbaum appeared in 155 episodes of the hit Superman origins show. We caught up with the actor at A ustralia’s Sydney Supanova Pop Culture Expo www. supanova. com. au.
Would you like to play the role again?
Sure. If the material was good – I always thought they should’ve made a Smallville movie. Should we Kickstarter that shit or what!
What’s the strangest request you’ve had from a fan?
Do you really want to know? I’ve heard them all. But most people are respectful and playful and it’s all in good fun. I’ve had fans ask me if they could shave me, but maybe that’s not that strange. Is it?
Would any of your character’s skills or attributes have been useful i n real life?
I wish I had half of Lex’s brains. I wonder what it would be like to be that smart and I always wanted to live in a castle.
What would your character be doing now?
Getting his scalp massaged by Margot Robbie!
I s there anything you think was unfinished about the character’s story?
Yeah. He needs to have a really intense meeting with his security staff. Just terrible!
Did you get any souvenirs from the set?
I just donated my white president suit to a museum in Kentucky. But I must confess I didn’t even wash it.
What would i t say on the character’s gravestone?
Sexy Lexy will live forever. Peace out, baldy!