Michael Rosen­baum

Lex Luthor in Smal­lville

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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!

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