Michael lan­des

Jimmy Olsen in Lois & Clark

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Michael Lan­des was the fresh-faced Jimmy olsen in the first sea­son of

Lois & Clark back in 1993, but lost the role for sub­se­quent sea­sons be­cause the pro­duc­ers thought he looked too much like lead­ing man Dean Cain. “Surely they knew that when they cast me!” he points out. he’s since starred in Spe­cial Unit 2, Fi­nal Des­ti­na­tion 2, Bri­tish sit­coms Mi­randa and Love Soup, and Sky1’s Hooten And The Lady.

Would you like to play the role of Jimmy Olsen again?

As me now? Would I like to play an older Jimmy Olsen? that would be cool – we’ve never seen that. But yes I loved that part, I would be open to it.

What would Jimmy be do­ing now?

Well if he was a pho­to­jour­nal­ist... that whole world’s changed right, be­cause ev­ery­one’s a pho­to­jour­nal­ist now with their iPhones! So I don’t know. Maybe through all those years with Lois Lane he’s a pho­tog­ra­pher/pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor, or writer.

did you get any sou­venirs from the set?

yes! Iron­i­cally my mother called me the other day and said, “your Dad has saved ev­ery sin­gle thing you’ve given him, and there’s a whole bunch of Lois

& Clark stuff.” the crew made Lois & Clark cards, and there were three Jimmy Olsen ones, so I have a hand­ful of those. Plus the back of my set chair and loads of other ran­dom things.

What would it say on Jimmy Olsen’s grave­stone?

I love pho­tog­ra­phy so this is a pho­tog­ra­phy ref­er­ence: “Once a glimpse and gone for­ever.”

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