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Should Mike return to Smallville?

Okay, so I've been seeing a lot of blog entries about this very same topic. Would Smallville be the same without Michael Rosenbaum playing Lex Luthor, should the character ever return? Well, no, but then again, Smallville isn't really about Lex Luthor and Mike's portrayal. It would be different if Tom decided to leave the show and they replaced his character with someone else. At the end of the day, the show is about Clark Kent, not Lex Luthor.

Anyway, I've heard there's been some abuse of Mike because he has been adamant about not returning. I don't want to criticise the producers of Smallville. They made their own decisions in terms of scripts so I really don't want to go there. Personally, I don't blame Mike if he wants to move on to something that fulfils his own creative needs. And those who have been abusing him should really have a think about what they are saying. Put yourself in his shoes. If someone came out and criticised you for leaving one job which you were good at, and were popular in, for another job which you wanted for your own personal, and in their eyes, selfish reasons, you would feel very affronted.

I don't know Mike, but I would like to know if this is affecting him personally - and not through Twitter. It must be affecting him professionally, as I'm sure there will be a few fans who have decided to boycott any of Michael's work from here on in. I admire someone who, while I'm sure they enjoy the popularity, chooses to do something that makes them feel good, rather than sticking to something that isn't fulfilling just to please the fans.

Yes, Lex Luthor should return to Smallville. I don't really care if it's in the guise of another actor - as long as they explain it adequately. No one should force Mike to return. If he doesn't want to come back, then leave the guy alone. And that's pretty much all I have to say about that.


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Apr. 10th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
While my Clexy heart yearns for more eyefucks and subtext, I agree with you. Mike shouldn't come back if he doesn't want to.
Apr. 10th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
It worries me that I've heard so much about this abuse of Mike. From what I hear he's a pretty decent guy and he doesn't deserve to be abused like that.
Apr. 10th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, some people invest way too much into Smallville and its characters (other shows get this too). They feel that the actors 'owe them.' Such a load of crap.
Apr. 10th, 2010 10:11 am (UTC)
I lurk mostly but I had to comment if you dont mind :)

See I am quite shocked by some of the things I have read regarding this. I know some fans have attacked Michael and they have been very personal, persistent and nasty about it.

I hope he doesn't let it get to him. But being a bit of a fanboy himself I am sure it has hurt him on some level, and I find that very sad considering how much joy he gave to all the other fans.

If these people were in a job they no longer enjoyed and left, would they go back just to keep people they didnt know happy? I dont think so. But they expect Michael to do that!!

If the writers and execs on the show had kept up the standards for the scripts and character development I am quite sure we wouldn't be having this discussion, and that Michael would still have been a part of the show, even if only for the odd guest shot. But I am sorry, Lex got screwed over story and character wise so many time in the last few seasons, Im not surprised he left, because they were destroying the character.

These people should be angry at the people making the show not Michael.

As to returning as another actor...well I would be VERY disappointed in them if they did that to be honest, but it wouldn't surprise me. I would rather they just left Lex out of it.

The whole thing has made me sad and gives decent fans a bad name. I can understand why a lot of actors want nothing to do with any fan.

Edited at 2010-04-10 10:13 am (UTC)
Apr. 10th, 2010 10:26 am (UTC)
I lurk mostly but I had to comment if you dont mind :)

I don't mind at all.

I know some fans have attacked Michael and they have been very personal, persistent and nasty about it.

I think twinsarein put it nicely that people invest way too much in a tv show or character. But I'm appalled at the nastiness.

You are absolutely right. Michael/Lex did get a bad deal towards the end of his time on the show (or mostly from season four) and some of the script decisions had me even questioning their judgement. I know there had to be some signs of descent into evil, but some of the things they asked him to do just didn't seem to use his talent to its full potential. Having said that, Michael had some shining moments in that show even after season four.

I've noticed that some other fans have pledged to write letters of support to Michael. I hesitate to do this, but if he does read any of these blogs, I do hope it makes him smile to think there are still some fans like us who are on his side. Thank you for your comments.
Apr. 10th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
Having said that, Michael had some shining moments in that show even after season four.

Yep that he did. *g* Season 4 jumped the rails all together for most of the characters. But some character developments in certain eps in the later seasons really left me seething as they most have done Michael.

But these things happen in most shows. Production values change, writers, directors and producers with different agendas and viewpoints come in and mess with what had been building nicely. Its a shame, and they didn't just screw with Lex.

There have been posts on twitter supporting Michael, I am sure he will realise that most fans of the show and Lex are possibly disappointed with his decision, but accept it. And some even understand why he wont be returning. Michael's own fans I am sure are just happy if he is happy.

Its just a shame that certain selection of fans tend to be very persistent, obsessive and vocal. Every fandom has them unfortunately.

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