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Cult | News | 20 September 2004

Smallville's three seasons

Tom Welling talks about playing Clark.

The Smallville Yearbook has an interview with Tom Welling in which he looks back at the first three years of Smallville:

Welling comments, "What gives me the most satisfaction is watching the pilot, because we've come along so far – myself included.

"That always puts a smile on my face, because at the time I was really figuring it all out at once. Now we've all grown up a little bit: the production, myself, the scripts, the storylines. Everything! For me it's very entertaining to watch Clark."

His approach to the role was established as early as the audition.

"It wasn't Lois and Clark. It wasn't Superman. It was about a high school kid. Going into that first audition. As I was waiting, I realised that you have to take everything that makes this kid a superhero, and throw it out the window. I had to do it just like a normal kid. The special effects and everything else would help fill in the blanks - and that's how I've tried to attack this material, even now."

Tom says that an undoubted highlight of filming the series has been working with Christopher Reeve. His lack of knowledge of Superman gave rise to some humour between him and Christopher Reeve when the past and future super heroes met for the filming of Rosetta.

"We were being interviewed, and they were asking Christopher about Superman, and what he would do, and Christopher was saying, 'Shush – he's not supposed to hear this yet! He doesn't know who this Superman is. Don't tell him!'"

The Smallville Yearbook is out on Thursday.

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