"I’m not sure how we’re going to make this work, without the jukebox nostalgia and the balloons and …"
"It doesn’t matter what you wear or what name you go by, because you’ll always be my son."
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Q: What was the most controversial?
AG: Making Lex and Clark friends. That was a radical idea at the time, as well as casting an African American actor to play Pete Ross and a Eurasian actress to play Lana Lang. You would not believe how much flak we caught for those choices from the internet peanut gallery.
Q: Looking back, is there anywhere you wish you’d taken the characters of Smallville?
AG: I wish we had a better trajectory for Lana Lang. That was probably a three-season love story that lasted six seasons.
MM: It’s so torturous and slow. Ultimately, it damaged Lana in the audience’s mind. Because Clark refused to tell her the truth about his identity, he was constantly forced to lie to her. Although justified, Lana’s response to his behavior made her seem cold and unsympathetic — even though from her POV, Clark was a sneaky, bold-faced liar.
Q: How much did actor Tom Welling influence the writers of the Superman/Clark Kent role?
MM: Tom was fresh off the bus when he was cast and didn’t have any experience. His growth as an actor during the run of the series was pretty remarkable. If he had an issue with a script or scene, we were always open to discussing it. Remarkably, that happened very rarely. I think he was working so hard, he didn’t really have time to sit in his trailer and over-critique.
"If I could have everyone’s attention, please? I’d like to make a little announcement."