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Sam Witwer Interviews

Postby supernatural66 on Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:57 am

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Q. What are some of the recent projects that you've been working on?

A. Right now I'm working on "Smallville," I'm playing a character named Davis Bloom who is destined to become Dooms Day, the only DC comic book character to kill Superman. Also coming out on the16th is a video game called Force Unleashed in which I play the character of Darth Vader's secret apprentice who has this epic journey and ends up impacting events in the Star Wars universe three and four.

Q. What can you tell us is new this season on "Smallville" and about your character Davis?

A. They have some really interesting, fun stuff planned. Davis Bloom is this Metropolis paramedic who is this really, really nice guy. He's a little bit moody because he's this perpetual outsider who was raised in the foster care system and was bounced from home to home. He's a really good guy and he can be a little bit moody and not terribly talkative at times but a very, very cool person. Chloe sort of recognizes that this is someone of her interest and they strike up a fast friendship. The problem is that Davis is having these blackouts and as they happen more and more frequently he becomes curious about what is happening during these blackout periods. He tries to figure out and unravel this mystery and what he finds out is really not so great. What's fun about that whole storyline is pretty much the how, it's not nearly as straight forward as that, we're going to be having a lot of fun with that. When I say fun, hopefully fun for the audience, not as much fun for the character Davis Bloom. What would it be like for you found out you were the exact opposite of everything you ever tried to be in life. Basically the fun, if you could use that word, is to create this character and as we get to know him slowly take him apart and drag him through the mud a little bit. Certainly the fun of it as an actor is the challenge. The word fun will enter into it as we get into the darker aspects which are psychologically draining as an actor. It's cool that we get to play both extremes with this character.

Q. What made you want to be a part of the show?

A. I'm not sure what the "Smallville" producers saw that led them to believe that I was the guy for the role, but they approached me for the part. They called me in and told me the story about this character and I was really intrigued by that. They basically just offered it to me. What made me want to do it was the fact that the story that they told about this character and the character itself was really interesting. Furthermore, I thought it would be very difficult to do and that's why I wanted to do it.

Q. Was anything about the role challenging for you?

A. Everything, the fact that he covers so much ground psychologically. Everyone is saying, "Oh, he's the new villain," and that's not entirely accurate if you watch what we're doing with it. That's not really accurate at all at first. I mean, there will be aspects that resemble what comic book fans are expecting from the Dooms Day character. Like all characters in "Smallville," there is a lot more to it than that. We're not trashing the history that came before it, we're not trashing the back story of Dooms Day that was added before. We're sort of adding to it and interpreting it and DC comics has given us its blessing in doing so. The challenge really is just creating as layered a human being as I can and like I said, taking apart piece by piece and trying to do that realistically. For example, one of the things that I keep trying to remind myself and remind everyone is that this character is not part of this Smallville world. He doesn't know about superheroes, he doesn't know about people who are infected with meteor powers, this is all new to him. That's also part of the fun, that this character who looks at all this stuff with a bit of skepticism, he doesn't quite believe in it all, is actually one of the most involved in that phenomena as anyone on the show.

Q. Where do you draw from for your portrayal of Davis?

A. I think like any actor you just kind of go with your experience, really more than that, when it come to anything to do with Sci-Fi or a fantasy piece or even historical drama, you need to exercise your imagination to a large extent. You need to honestly ask yourself, "What would it be like if it was really happening?" If it was really happening, not just we've seen it a million times on television and seen it a million times in movies so it kind of goes like this. That's not good enough, you're not earning your paycheck if you're thinking like that. You need to challenge yourself to go as far as you would go were it actually to happen to you. When it comes to things like the stuff that happens on "Smallville," these are extreme circumstances. These are circumstances that no one, that we know of, has ever really faced in their lifetime. As an actor, it's your job to parse that for the viewing audience who live in reality. It's about giving as much reality to a fantastical situation as possible. That requires a lot of imagination and in a lot of cases it requires some mix of faith because in theory if you're dealing with something that extreme, for example if you were to find out that you had superpowers or something, the emotional reaction might be quite extreme. It might be bigger than anything that you might imagine. Finding out that you have superpowers should be a bigger deal than finding out you're really good at playing basketball, or something like that. It's all about pushing the boundaries of what you think is possible as an actor, if you care to earn your paycheck as far as I am concerned.

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Davis does eventually become Dooms Day, did you have any reservation about taking on such a well known comic book character?

A. Yeah, some, comic book fans, Sci-Fi fans, these are people who have a very specific taste and then there are always the vocal ones that don't like what you do no matter what. I feel like I am prepared for that and I've done enough work in that entire arena to be prepared for whatever may come as a result. I'm here to do as I am told, I am here to do as good a job as I can and interpret as well as I can. Hopefully people like it, I'd love it if people liked it.

Q. Do you have a really memorable moment from filming the show?

A. I don't know if you would call this memorable or not, but I really enjoy working with Allison Mack, she's a sweetheart. The more that I work with her, the more that I realize that she is the perfect gateway for this character into the world of "Smallville" because her character is such a lovable, kind person. If that character said, "Hey, Davis Bloom is okay," that gives me a real leg up as an actor trying to create a character for a show. She has such a well deserved following in terms of presence on the show that if her character declares that someone is good and worthy of attention, that means there very well could be audience members that listen to that. I think that's a good thing and aside from all of that, Allison is a wonderful actress and she's just really fun to work with. She's a great person and I am glad I was sort of paired up with her early.

Q. Why do you think people continue to tune into the show?

A. A friend of mine said about "Smallville," this is before I was aware of the show, he said when you're telling a joke and the person hearing the joke already knows the punch line, the only thing you can do is tell the joke really, really well. That's maybe why people watch "Smallville," we all know the punch line, we all know he's going to tear open his shirt, and there is going to be a big red S on a suit that he's going to be wearing underneath, and he'll be ready to take off into the sky and be Superman. The joy of it is in finding out every little detail that got him to that point. I feel as long as "Smallville" continues to do that and I'm sure people will be interested to learn the how rather than just the what.

Q. Where can those interested go online to learn more about you?

A. There is a website that I have that promotes my music and that's http://www.samwitwer.com, it requires some update but there is some fun stuff there. You can also go to http://www.myspace.com/thecrashtones. That would be the closest thing to a Myspace page that I have. It promotes my music and my band and my band is a bunch of people who work in the industry who when time frees up we get together and play some shows. For example, one of my band members is Glenn Howerton from "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia." Another one of my band members is a guy named Brian Taylor who wrote Crank and is doing Crank 2 right now. We get together and we jam out and we put together some pretty weird stuff. No matter what music you're into, there is something that I've recorded that you'd be okay with. Would you be okay with most of the stuff I've recorded, it's hard to say. Some of it is pretty experimental, some of it is out there. Some of it you could show your parents though.
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Re: Sam Witwer Interviews

Postby supernatural66 on Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:08 pm

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From Smallville to Star Wars with Sam Witwer
The actor talks about his big new roles as Doomsday and Starkiller

September 16, 2008 - It's a busy month for Sam Witwer. The actor already has played notable roles on Battlestar Galactica (as the ill-fated pilot Crashdown) and Dexter (as an Ice Truck Killer wannabe in Season 1), and now he is leaping into both the Star Wars and Superman legends, premiering as two major characters in those respective universes within two weeks.
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Witwer plays Starkiller, the main character in the videogame Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, hitting stores this Tuesday. And a week from Thursday, he will make his debut on The CW's Smallville, as paramedic Davis Bloome, a character who also happens to be the Smallville incarnation of the Superman killing menace known as Doomsday.

On a recent visit to the Smallville set, I watched as Witwer filmed a scene for the series, as he and Alison Mack ("Chloe Sullivan") sat and had drinks at an outdoor café while having a rather intense conversation. Shortly after, Witwer sat down with me to discuss his new character, plus what the experience was like starring in The Force Unleashed.

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IGN TV: How's it been jumping onto a show that's in its eighth season?

Sam Witwer: I think it's been easy enough. The fun thing for me is being a character that does not understand this world, therefore, it allows for my mistakes to be more correct than wrong. I don't think this Davis Bloome guy gets superheroes or gets meteor freaks – he doesn't know what any of those things are. He sort of knows what the meteor phenomenon is about, but other than that, this is all completely new. And I think that's a cool thing to have on the show – a fresh pair of eyes to remind the audience that this is all very strange stuff.

IGN:
How do we meet him?

Witwer:
We meet him through Chloe. Chloe strikes up a very fast friendship with him. He's a paramedic from Metropolis. He was raised in the foster system, so he was bounced from home to home, so he's kind of this perpetual loner. But Chloe can make friends with anyone. Chloe and him become close and through that friendship, he gets drawn in to the world of the other characters. As for his relationship with Clark and them, we haven't shot that just yet – that's coming up. But I've heard the ideas of where they want to go, and it's some really, really fun stuff. Again, especially considering this character is a fresh pair of eyes in the show. Davis' whole situation is that he's this really conscientious, really nice guy, but he blacks out every now and then. And he doesn't know what's going on when he's blacking out. So he wants to find out what that's all about and what he finds out is really horrifying. So the fun of this character is creating this guy – this really nice guy, but not just a nice guy. He's the kind of guy that if you push him too far, he's gonna punch you in the face. He can get moody. He can get a little bit ornery at times. But he also has the capability to be extremely warm and open and vulnerable, and that's what I find most fun about him. He can really open up, especially with Chloe. When he feels safe, he can take that.


And then to take that character and to put him on this path of just absolute destruction… because he's going to sort of slowly piece together what's going on during these blackout periods, and as everyone knows, Davis Bloome is Doomsday. So these blackout periods are probably not going very well for him or anyone involved!

IGN:
He's probably not blacking out and volunteering at a soup kitchen.

Witwer: Exactly! He's not blacking out and finding that he just planted a garden.

IGN: Helping the elderly cross the street.

Witwer:
That's exactly right. He wakes up… "Where was I?" We're going to make this really nice guy and then we're going to tear him to pieces. What would happen to you if you found out you were the opposite of everything you ever worked to make yourself into? The absolute polar opposite of that. You have this nature about you that you can't control. The realistic psychology of that is something that's very ugly and that's sort of what we're gonna go for. If we do it right, it should be the darkest thing that we've seen in Smallville.

IGN: It must be an interesting character to play, because I assume you want to hint at the darkness underneath, without going too far.

Witwer:
I really hope that scenes like the one we just shot help to balance out the character and help create a very balanced individual. The whole thing [at first] was, "He's this really nice guy. He's a really great guy." We kept saying that, but we have no interest in making a sort of vanilla, "Hey, I'm a nice guy!" [Switches to deep voice] "I'm a big bad creature!" No, we want to create a flawed character that makes mistakes but is really trying to do right by everyone and again, has a real vulnerable side to him that hopefully is compelling… and then tear that guy down. We're not really interested in tearing down a saint. But the cool thing is that the vulnerability and the warmth we try to give this guy, we try to go all the way with it. Yeah, he's a little bit moody, but I think the nice parts of him are really very developed.

IGN:
What's Davis and Clark's relationship like initally?

Witwer: Well, at first it's just, "Who the hell is this guy? Why is everyone paying attention to this guy?" in the episode that we're shooting now, there maybe is a little bit of a contention. You asked if we put in a little piece of the darkness, and in this episode there is a little piece of aggression. But not in an unreasonable or animalistic way. It's just in a very straightforward, he's got that in him, way. He's a really nice guy, but don't antagonize him. He's not going to flip out and kill anyone, but he will warn you off. He will say, "Hey man, don't go too far." The idea being that we have to create a character who had a rough upbringing. I feel like we would be lying if we just made him a saint all the time and it just wouldn't be interesting.

IGN: Were you familiar with who Doomsday was before this?

Witwer:
Somewhat. If you're even passingly familiar with Superman, then you know that someone offed him and the guy's name was Doomsday. What's funny is that maybe two weeks before the producers called me in to meet with them for the first time, I downloaded the Doomsday animated movie off of Xbox Live. I hadn't watched it yet, but I was interested because I thought, "Oh, Doomsday. That's the guy who killed Superman!" So I was already aware of what he looked like and his general attributes and the fact that he was a big, tough bastard.

IGN:
Do you know what sort of FX work might be in store for you and the character down the line?

Witwer:
Yeah, they've told me some of it and I agree with their take. I like what they're doing. We've said that we feel like Jaws is a better movie because you barely see the shark and I think that's the sort of take that they're gonna put on Doomsday. You won't necessarily see him a lot, but when you do see him, it'll be what you expect. We're not gonna just create something else and call it Doomsday. It's Doomsday. It's that genetic super freak that was created – the ultimate survivor. That's what we're doing. They've sort of created Davis Bloome's background to be compatible with that and sort of reflect that. Davis Bloome is ultimately just this survivor and that was the way they pitched it to me and then when I started reading up on Doomsday, I was like, "Oh! They know what they're talking about!" And DC Comics has been supportive about the whole reimagining of the character. We're not trashing the back-story as it stands; we're just sort of spinning it and adding to it and hopefully people like it. We'll see what happens.

IGN: Are you looking forward to possibly getting to do some more stunt and effects work down the line on Smallville?

Witwer: Oh, absolutely, I love any kind of stunt work or FX. I've always been fascinated by that since I was a kid and I watched From Star Wars to Jedi, that old documentary.

IGN:
Oh yeah! It came with the VHS box set.

Witwer:
Absolutely. It had the whole Making Of from a special FX perspective and I was just fascinated.

IGN:
Well, you've given me the perfect segue into The Force Unleashed. As someone who grew up with Star Wars, as we all did, is it just a trip for you to now be part of that universe?

Witwer:
I'll tell you what – you know any Star Wars character, I would gladly play. Be it, movie, game or anything. I'm a huge fan of Star Wars and a huge fan of LucasArts, from the beginning of the X-Wing days. To play this guy though, it's awesome. Because look, you've got the central character of the series – that's Darth Vader. You've got the most heroic character, who's Luke Skywalker. And then you've got the most badass character, which is Starkiller. They're saying this is the guy who was, pretty much, the most powerful. Now, would Luke have been like this had he been trained? Yes, probably. But this is the guy who had the opportunity to really grow into what he could have been. He's a really interesting guy, speaking of layered characters.
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Witwer as Starkiller
We talked a lot about what is it about Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia… why are we still talking about these characters after 30 years? So we continuously said, "Well, how do we infuse this with that feeling? How do we create a character that feels like he belongs in that classic Star Wars trilogy mold? We worked very hard. We would do a bunch of takes and nothing would work and we'd say, "Why isn't this feeling like Star Wars?" And then someone would go, "Hey, wait a second… 'Faster. More intense.'"

IGN:
[Laughs]

Witwer:
You know well what I'm talking about. Faster and more intense is the only two directions they said George Lucas gave on the original Star Wars. But if you watch that movie, that's the perfect direction for that movie. It's got this 1940s clip to its dialogue. Really fast. The dialogue just scoots, you know? And when dialogue is fast, everything feels pretty important and it helped us. So we would do a scene and it wouldn't feel like Star Wars. "Wait, can we try that faster and more intense." We would do it and it's like, "Holy s**t. There it is! That's what it's supposed to be like." It's really fun stuff. Dude, it was just a blast. I'm telling you, just getting together with friends and making your own Star Wars is just an amazing experience.
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IGN:
Do you think there's any chance this character could make it into the live-action Star Wars TV series?

Witwer:
Who knows? I am not familiar entirely with what they're doing with that. I've talked briefly to some of the people who are working on it, but I didn't ask anything like that. I suppose if the character is popular enough and he's doing his thing in the same time frame, maybe. The good news is that this project, for whatever reason, is sort of blessed from Lucasfilm from the beginning and continues to be. It's not like something where we went off and no one cared and that was that. For whatever reason, all the stars aligned and Lucasfilm took this as a priority to the point where Lucas helped with the story. And the story is really quite good. It tells a very important story that takes place between the two trilogies and it sets up the events for Episode IV. The amount of support we're receiving from Lucasfilm has been amazing. It's really cool, because I suppose it's easy to say, "This is the new chapter in Star Wars!" It's easy to say that. But it's easier to say that when Lucasfilm really supports what you're doing. Dude, it's been a dream. That project was just amazing.
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IGN:
I assume whether it be the TV show or another game, this is a character you wouldn't be against revisiting?

Witwer:
Sure, absolutely! He's a really cool character, because the whole thing is we decided, as we were shooting it… Because it's Star Wars, so every lunch was a working lunch. Every dinner was a working dinner. We were never not talking about it. It's funny, because we had some very attractive female cast members and they always would leave it to me to broach the damn Star Wars subject when the girls were around. We'd be sitting around and one of them would say, "Okay, so wait… what is going on here with this Order 66?" And I'm surrounded by huge Star Wars geeks in this room and we're looking over the script – there's Haden Blackman and all these guys. And Haden is like Star Wars god, and they all look at me. "So, you want to explain it?" As if they don't know! So I have to be like, "Okay… so… There was this army and Order 66…" And then I look like dork in front of the chicks! It was hysterical. I'm looking at the other guys like, "I knew this was going to happen… I knew you guys were going to leave me out in the cold!" Every time that it was time to explain to the actresses, it was always my job. They just didn't want to lose their cool, and so I'm like, "Aright… You guys are paying me. Here's the scoop on Order 66. Here's why this is the way this is…" So I completely couldn't maintain any cool on that set to save my life.
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Sorry, back to the character! We decided he's the photo-negative of Luke Skywalker. And all of the thematic elements support that. The fact that his code name is Starkiller. That he's sort of this prototype Luke Skywalker. He's not Darth Vader's son, but he's Darth Vader's adopted son. This is an adopted member of the Skywalker family. Vader didn't just take this child and train him as a Sith apprentice, but also raised him. Because he was raised by Vader and because of certain things that the game suggests pretty coolly if you're a Star Wars fan, you come to understand how this character has maintained any humanity at all, because his master is Darth Vader and Darth Vader still has some good in him. So, it trickles down to Starkiller. So he's not just this straight Sith Apprentice.
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We came up with this whole idea that he is two parts Han Solo, one part Darth Maul, one part Indiana Jones – because we're dorks, and there's a difference – and then one essential part Luke Skywalker. Behind it all, there had to be this wide-eyed kid who was trying to figure out what the hell to do. And at the same time, sometimes he's not that wide eyed kid. Sometimes he's very, "What is thy bidding, my master?" – that type of thing. But he doesn't always talk like that! It depends on who he's talking to and what the circumstances are. So we got to really have fun with that character and make sure that it wasn't just one note. And I think if it was one-note, it would suck. If it was just dark all the time, I think it would be very bland. Why go through a story about a character like that? But, for anyone reads this and goes, "Well, but is he going to be dark enough?!" Yeah, dude! He walks into a Tie-Fighter facility and kills hundreds of people. He's dark enough! We needed to give something else, in addition to that. I heard that once – "You're talking about how he doesn't know how to talk in front of women and he's this scared kid inside, but he's supposed to be this big Sith lord!" I'm like, "Trust me, you get that. You get plenty of it, dude." Our job was to give something else, in addition to that.

IGN: There's a certain sect of geekdom who, as they get older, seem to only want things dark, dark, dark, dark.

Witwer: Yeah, I said, "We're not here to drive it into the ground, but we are here to deliver a very dark story." It is a dark story. It's a totally dark story. You can't avoid the darkness of that time period in Star Wars history – that all the Jedi are getting killed and the ones that have survived, man, they're not doing well. And that's the fun about it – it's not just, "Oh, well, they're Jedi. They're being hunted and that's tough." Yeah, they've been hunted for years now and some of them have gone nuts and some of them are wantonly rejecting or violating the Jedi code. There's all kinds of crazy stuff that happens and it's not just that, "Oh, it's really tough!" No, there's real psychological weight to what it suggests happens to the Jedi and Lucas was very cool on that. He said, "Let me tell you what happens to Jedi during this period. It's very, very bad."

IGN: How cool is it to have your own Star Wars figure?

Witwer: F**king awesome!

IGN: Hopefully you can eventually put him next to your Smallville figure.

Witwer: Exactly. Let's just hope they make a Davis Bloome action figure!


Smallville: Season 8 premieres Thursday, September 18th at 8:00pm ET/PT on The CW. Witwer's first appearance is in the September 25th episode.
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Re: Sam Witwer Interviews

Postby supernatural66 on Thu Sep 25, 2008 1:41 am

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Doomsday is one of the most notorious Superman villains to ever grace the pages of DC Comics. The hulking alien monstrosity stands as the only creature to kill Superman, which makes him one of the hero's most formidable foes. On tomorrow night's episode of Smallville, Doomsday will arrive in Metropolis under the name Davis Bloome. The character has been reimagined for the series as a charming paramedic with a dark past, and he'll be embodied by former Battlestar Galactica actor Sam Witwer. Davis won't start off intent on destruction, but he's destined to turn toward villainy eventually.

I had a chance to sit down with Sam today to discuss his role on the show. Read on for the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview

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This is John from BuddyTV and I'm talking to Sam Witwer, the newest star of Smallville. How're you doing?

How's it going, man?



It's going good. So this week we're going get to our first preview of you on Smallville. Can you give us a little bit of an idea of what you're going to be doing, how you're coming into the show, and how we're first going to see you?

Well, the character's name is Davis Bloome
, he's a paramedic in Metropolis. He is sort of a perpetual loner, he was raised in the foster system so he's a little bit moody, but he's really a very moral, cool individual. You're not going to see this in the first episode, but he's basically got some problems and he's trying to deal with them. The problem is basically that he's Doomsday, the only DC comics character to ever kill Superman. Sorry if I'm giving anything away there. [laughs]


I don't think you're giving anything away, because it's been highly publicized that you are coming on as Doomsday, one of the new villains for this season. So you're not going to be a villain all the time, you're actually going to be a pretty good guy for some of it?

Well, that's the thing, from my point of view
this guy isn't a villain at all, but I guess that's completely subjective. The thing is, when they approached me for the role they said they need an actor who could do the extraordinarily dark stuff but at the same time needed to be able to go in exactly the opposite direction and be extremely open, extremely vulnerable and sweet and kind and all that stuff. I don't know what roles that I did that let them to believe that I was the guy for the part. I don't know if it was a combination of roles, or if they watched Battlestar or Dexter or The Mist or what. Dexter I'm kind of like Hannibal Lecter, and in The Mist I'm like the nicest guy in the movie. So I don't know what they saw, but they approached me, they pursued me, and that was that.


Is Davis going to be striking up a romance with any of the characters?

He might, he might. What do you want to know, man, do you want me to spoil it for you?


Nah, just trying to get an idea who you're going to be interacting with, what are the scenes with your character?

What I can tell you is that he strikes up a very fast friendship with Chloe. What's cool about that is that Allison Mack obviously is just the coolest chick, she's just a sweetheart, and Chloe is an extremely likable character. As a matter of fact, I feel like Chloe is the eyes through which the audience experiences Smallville, she sort of watches and parses everything for the audience. So for Chloe to accept Davis Bloom is I think a real boon for the character. For her to sort of announce to the audience this person is worth our attention, I think that really helps. And Allison is just so much fun to work with anyway.


You mentioned of course Doomsday being a comic book character. Is it easier or harder to play a character who sort of has a comic book back story that you can go and research?

Well, I'll tell you what's hard about it is the psychological places that we are starting to go now in our current episode that we are shooting. That's what's difficult about it, because it's not only an unreal circumstance, it's something that as far as we know hasn't happened in real life, so as an actor you have to bring a lot of imagination to that and ask yourself the question, “What if this was real? How hardcore would that impact me?” But also on top of that it's very dark, psychologically damaging stuff, so as an actor it's not always the most fun to shoot. But hopefully it's a lot more fun to watch.


You're coming in on season 8 of Smallville, and several other actors are also coming in new and fresh. How is it to come in as the new guy and mesh with a cast and crew that's been together so long?

Well, what's nice about it is that this show has been going on for so long that it's a well-oiled machine. As a matter of fact I've been very happy with how the crew and the executive staff and the cast have gone about things concerning integrating me, they've been really professional about it. As for being the new kid? I've been a new kid enough to where I'm used to it, it's not any big deal. You sort of show up, do your job, tell a few jokes, and go home. And sooner or later you start noticing that you start liking the people around you more and more, and that's basically where we are right now. It's fun, it's cool, you just go and have fun and play make believe and for whatever reason they pay you, it's crazy.


You mentioned Battlestar Galactica and I'm wondering if there's a connection between the two shows, because you're like the 20th or 30th person from Battlestar to appear on Smallville. Is that just because they're both shot in Vancouver, or are the sets or the crews close together?

Well, some of the crew here on Smallville was on Battlestar, so I think it's probably just the fact that they're both in Vancouver. But yeah, yeah, I would like to see-- [laughs] I've actually pitched to the producers on bringing on certain Battlestar actors who I'm very fond of. I'm just like, “Hey, look, Aaron Douglas was on your show for a couple episodes, bring him back! Give me some scenes with him, it'll be fun.” So, yeah. Fun stuff, man.


This is a pretty big month for you,
because not only are you joining the Superman franchise on Smallville, but you also did a voice in the new Star Wars video game.

It wasn't just a voice, it was a motion capture performance.
That's my stuff, man. We shot a motion capture performance, we did principal photography for about three weeks in Industrial Light & Magic in northern California at George Lucas's whole complex. And what they did is they created a digital copy of me, and then we shot it with motion capture with markers all over my face so that they had performance data that they could use to animate the characters. So all those performances that you see, at least in the XBOX 360 and the Playstation 3 version, are based off what I was doing on the set with the other actors. As for a set, there wasn't much of one, but we did have some stuff there. But very strictly speaking it was a set, so it was very fun to do.

What's great about that character is, similarly to Doomsday, Doomsday sort of starts out as a really nice guy then becomes something else. Well, Starkiller starts out as maybe not so nice of a guy and then becomes something else, and so they needed someone again who could play both sides of the spectrum. What Starkiller ends up doing is creating this huge change in the Star Wars mythos, because it takes place between the old trilogy and the new trilogy and it bridges the gap between the two trilogies. It sets up the original Star Wars. As a matter of fact, if I don't do my thing in the story, Han, Luke, and Leia never get to do their thing. The story is really amazing, the script is really good, we got to generate an hour's worth of cinematics for that game that are interspersed throughout. The most fun thing is seeing that people really like the character, that was a really fun thing. We really wanted to imbue him with that classic trilogy feel, that fast-talking 1940s taste, the sort of the Flash Gordon, Buster Crabs serial feel for it. People have been responding to it, I'm shocked. I'm really happy that they dig the character.


Is sci-fi then something you're a big fan of?
With BSG, Smallville and Star Wars, you're doing a lot of science fiction stuff.

Yeah, I'm basically knocking
off all the franchises that I grew up with. I grew up with Superman and Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica, it's like, just getting out all of the fantasy fulfillment gigs, getting them out of the way now.


So are there any other franchises you watched growing up that you want to get into?

God, you know, I don't know. I think there's probably only one left and that would be Star Trek. Maybe I can get myself in the next film that they do. I'm very excited for what J.J. Abrams is doing. As a matter of fact, I was a little bit too young for it but I auditioned for Bones, and that was one of the most fun auditions I'd ever done. From what I understand, they really liked my read on it, but I think I'm a little bit too young for Bones. I mean, maybe a lot.
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Re: Sam Witwer Interviews

Postby supernatural66 on Thu Sep 25, 2008 7:34 am

Sam Witwer Gives Us a Peek at Smallville's Doomsday
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Over the past seven seasons, Smallville's Hunk of Steel Clark Kent has toiled with friends and foes from the DC Comics pantheon. In the September 25 episode, Clark (Tom Welling) has his first meeting with a character who could fit into both categories: the one and only Doomsday. Just don't call him that to his face. "It's an interpretation of the character," explains Battlestar Galactica vet Sam Witwer, the actor playing Davis Bloome, a Metropolis paramedic with the worst split personality this side of Jekyll and Hyde. "Contrary to popular belief, we're not trashing the Doomsday backstory that he's this [alien] experiment from Krypton… we're adding to it."

In fact, the story has DC's blessing. "We always work with them really closely," says exec producer Kelly Souders. "They were very much in support of Smallville giving a new spin on his origin story. But eventually it does link up with what people know from the comics."

Introduced as a fast friend of Chloe (Allison Mack), Bloome could be the boy most likely to steal Miss Sullivan's heart. "He's a really nice guy," Witwer says. "But she's dating Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore), so Davis doesn't mess with that." Especially since he's got bigger things to worry about. "He realizes he's missing large chunks of time, so he embarks on a journey to figure out what happens when he's blacking out." What Bloome finds will not only be "horrifying," it may also trigger a battle royale with our hero-in-training.

"Remember, Doomsday is the only character who ever killed Superman," says Witwer, referring to the 1992 comic-book story line "The Death of Superman," which saw the last son of Krypton dying from his injuries after an epic face-off with the monster. Of course, Witwer won't say how deadly Davis becomes, but he assures us that "this story may be the darkest thing they've ever done on Smallville."

Not that Witwer has a problem with the dark side. Before landing on Smallville, the Juilliard-trained Illinois native portrayed Darth Vader's Secret Apprentice in the just-released video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. "As a Star Wars fan, it's unbelievable," he says. "It tells a very key part of what happens after Episode III and just before Episode IV."

It sounds like Witwer is in for a Vader-like evolution on Smallville, as he fills in the villainous void left by Michael Rosenbaum's MIA Lex Luthor. (The actor left the show after last season but might return for a guest appearance.) "This season is very much about identities," Souders says. "As Clark's double identity begins to emerge, so does Davis', and the unfortunate thing is that, although Clark is emerging as a greater hero, Davis is [becoming] a villain…so this is a good person trying to reconcile his evil fate." — Damian Holbrook
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