Tom Welling

Nov. 11, 2011 | 9:12 a.m.

Tom Welling: Five ‘Smallville’ co-stars who taught me most

"Smallville" star Tom welling photographed at Tom Welling Productions at Warner Bros. Studios on April 25, 2011. "I feel so grateful. But I also know it's time to move on," Welling said. He is executive producing the CW series "Hellcats." (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)
In May, after 10 seasons, Tom Welling said goodbye to “Smallville” (and Metropolis) but loyal fans can revisit the world of Clark Kent, his friends, foes and lovers with the massive new collector’s DVD set that hits stores on Nov. 29. And we do mean massive — the super-sized collection costs $340 but has all 218 episodes and more than five hours of special features, all spread out over 62 discs. That’s right, 62 discs. For Welling, now 34, the decade as the Man of Steel has defined his career and adult life. “Even in the early days of the show, I approached it like I was in school and I was always going to be learning,” Welling said. “Luckily, we got people through the door who were creative and highly talented and the environment on the set was always very collective and open […]
May 15, 2011 | 3:44 p.m.

Superman: American patriot, illegal immigrant or both?

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Ted Anthony of the Associated Press considers the legend — and the passport  — of Superman.  There is a scene in the 2006 movie “Superman Returns” that captures the fabled Man of Steel in an extraordinary moment. Floating high above the Earth, gazing down upon America, he listens with his super-hearing for cries of help as a cacophony of people, in all the world’s languages, live their lives. The message is clear: Kal-El of Krypton – strange visitor from another world and, let’s face it, America’s ultimate illegal immigrant – is a citizen and protector of the entire planet Earth, not merely the 50 United States. For 73 years, Superman walked, leaped and flew through the skies as a presumed American, his red, yellow and blue a stand-in for the red, white and blue of the nation he adopted as […]
May 12, 2011 | 2:17 p.m.

‘Smallville’ farewell: The ultimate Tom Welling photo gallery

"Smallville" star Tom welling photographed at Tom Welling Productions at Warner Bros. Studios on April 25, 2011. "I feel so grateful. But I also know it's time to move on," Welling said. He is executive producing the CW series "Hellcats." (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)
Call him Clark Kent or call him Superman, no actor has owned the role of the last son of Krypton longer than Tom Welling, who walks away (or, perhaps, flies off) from “Smallville” on Friday night with the two-hour series finale that has die-hard fans both in a tizzy and in tears. To mark the moment, above you will find a truly super-sized photo gallery in honor of the biggest man in Smallville. – Noelene Clark RECENT AND RELATED Welling looks for a future beyond Metropolis ‘Smallville’ producers ask: Where do we fit in? Welling answers ‘Why doesn’t he just put on the suit?’ Justin Hartley: The future, and keeping his shirt on Cult of Chloe: Fans’ tribute to Clark Kent’s gal pal ‘Smallville’: Eric Martsolf and the Booster Gold era Saying goodbye to ‘Smallville’ VIDEO: Christopher Reeve on ‘Tonight Show’ Look, up in the […]
May 10, 2011 | 8:12 p.m.

‘Smallville’ producers: ‘Where do we fit into the greater mythology?’ [updated]

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The end is near for “Smallville.” The two-hour series finale this Friday brings an end to the decade-long saga of Clark Kent, as portrayed by Tom Welling, a young man in search of a future that is, well, super. The rural youngster has grown up — he’s even sold the family farm — and the show’s final flight will be a major moment for The CW.  Our Geoff Boucher caught up with executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson to talk about a show that is going up, up and away.  GB: This must be a bittersweet week for you. You must be going through a lot of complicated emotions right now. BP: That is absolutely correct. It’s very sad to see it go but also there’s just great pride in seeing what everybody has accomplished in 10 years and over  the course of […]
May 05, 2011 | 7:23 p.m.

‘Smallville’ Tom Welling on saying goodbye to Superman [updated]

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Tom Welling has a new office on the Warner Bros. lot and there’s an empty parking spot right out front — it’s marked “C. SHEEN” — which reminds him how quickly things can change in television and how lucky he’s been to be one of television’s steadiest stars, with a decade logged on the now-ending “Smallville.” “It can all go away and can go fast,” said the 34-year-old, whose new digs still had unpacked boxes and bare walls when he sat down last week to talk about the final flight of “Smallville,” which airs the two-hour series finale (appropriately titled “Finale“) on May 13 on The CW. “I feel so grateful. But I also know it’s time to move on.” Welling leaves the show with mixed feelings, and that’s entirely appropriate for a man who spent 10 seasons as a Clark Kent […]
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