‘Smallville’: Eric Martsolf ushers in Booster Gold era

April 21, 2011 | 12:27 p.m.

Jaren Brandt Bartlett as Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle in "Smallville." (Jack Rowand / The CW)

Eric Martsolf as Booster Gold and Jaren Brandt Bartlett as Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle in "Smallville." (Jack Rowand/The CW)

Eric Martsolf as Booster Gold and Jaren Brandt Bartlett as Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle in "Smallville." (Jack Rowand/The CW)

Eric Martsolf as Booster Gold and Jaren Brandt Bartlett as Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle in "Smallville." (Jack Rowand/The CW)

As “Smallville” nears its finale, the guest stars and memorable moments are by no means slowing down. “Days of Our Lives” actor Eric Martsolf is the latest lucky recipient of a costume as he portrays 25th century hero Booster Gold in Friday’s episode. So what did the actor think of the ad man/hero when the role came his way?

“Interestingly enough, when I first starting reading the script, I thought of Will Ferrell’s character Ron Burgundy in ‘Anchorman.’ This is just a  guy that’s full of conceit, confidence and is just overbearing in all aspects.  That was my original opinion of him. After seeing how Geoff Johns scribed the episode, it was clear to me that he was more than just a flash in the pan,” Martsolf said.

He researched the role extensively, noting that the hero “historically has made some very questionable, immoral decisions — especially atypical of superheroes.” The cast and crew helped define his portrayal, especially a welcoming Tom Welling, who also directed the episode.  There was a great rapport from the start.

“When you do guest-starring work, sometimes you feel like the detached cousins watching Thanksgiving dinner,” Martsolf said of the close-knit crew. “But Tom, in particular, met me outside in the rain by my trailer and he went, ‘Hey. Booster.’ And I looked right at him and said, ‘How ya doing, Clark?’  We were in character from the first minute. We got along very well.”

Not only did Martsolf read up on Booster, but he also learned a bit about another hero that will be introduced in the episode — Blue Beetle, played by Jaren Brandt Bartlett.

“It was interesting to me that the Blue Beetle and Booster Gold were in the same episode. As you know, it was no mistake since they have a historic friendship. Ted Kord and Booster Gold, in particular, have a rich history… but interestingly enough, Ted Kord’s relationship with Booster is not as developed [in the show] as Booster’s is with Jaime” Reyes, the character who becomes the Blue Beetle.

Some heroic characters who have premiered on the show — think Aquaman and Green Arrow — have teased fans with the possibility of a spinoff.  But Martsolf, though he’d heard the talk, concentrated more on some particular fans who will watch.

“We all have that wish” of getting a spinoff, “but this Friday when my two kids are watching, my stock is gonna go up a little bit.  They’re gonna listen to me a little bit better when they see me shooting lasers out of my hands. … Tom wouldn’t let me take the suit home.  I was like, ‘Come on! Just for Halloween?’ He said ‘No.’ “

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3 Responses to ‘Smallville’: Eric Martsolf ushers in Booster Gold era

  1. Aric Cook says:

    Booster Gold was awesome on Smallville. The entire episode was awesome!!!

  2. Bob says:

    I’m surprised that Ted Kord was not really touched on, but Boosters role was perfectly played. Believe it or not, I just finished watching Smallville on my iPhone and loved it! Now that I have Sling technology with DISH Network, I can use my iPhone to see Smallville anywhere I have a 3G connection. Being that I am a customer and employee of DISH I can’t recommend the TV Everywhere feature enough to anyone who likes TV on the go.

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