He melted our hearts as Clark Kent/Superman on the hit series, and is now grabbing our attention as Brian Drew in the new film, Draft Day starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner. Portraying a football star that is proving his worth after fighting his way back from an injury, his future is hanging by a thread on the day of the NFL draft. Tom brings out a vulnerability we as the audience not only root for but want to see more of. I sat down for a quick interview with the star at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills...
Jonesie: Hi Tom congratulations on the film! Your character is very poignant and integral to the story. I was rooting for him!
Tom: Thank you so much that means a lot. I wanted him to make it too...I was watching the film and I was rooting for him!
Jonesie: Although we do not see your character in every scene of the film, your character is with us in every scene. He is spoken of, talked about, and you have such a pivotal role that even when we don't see you we as the viewer are thinking about you. There's also that intense scene you have with Kevin [Costner, who plays Cleveland Browns General Manager Sonny Weaver in the film]...
Tom: Yeah, I had to film that [confrontation] twenty minutes after I just met him! What's different about that scene is that although it is very intense and heated, you can tell that there is something bigger there between them. Brian and Sonny are almost like a father/son or big brother/little brother relationship. Brian Drew is not petulant and there is a connection there.
Jonesie: Exactly. As I watched the scene I could see the emotion that your character was portraying. Yes you are confronting him, but you are also underneath it all saying, 'Look man I love you, you're like my brother, just help me out.'
Tom: Right...he and Sonny are more then just player and boss. They have an understanding between them and Brian is a good guy.
Tom: Honestly I didn't do anything...not to sound conceited but I had about three weeks to prepare for this role so that's just me (laughing). Luckily, I didn't have to take my shirt off! (laughing)
Jonesie: Ummm...honestly I don't think any of us would have minded if you did Tom! This role definitely sets you apart from your Smallville character and is an amazing transition for you into film.
Tom: Thank you so much that is the best compliment that I can get. Honestly, thank you, that is so great to hear. Yes, it's great to be known for one thing but I am ready to move on. I was on that show for ten years.
Jonesie: I asked your Twitter fans to send me questions, and I was not prepared for the amount of responses...you have an insane amount of fans and from all over the world! Oh and your fans from Spain really love you! Question 1: Any plans to return to TV? Question 2: Do you have a preference for film or TV?
Tom: It's not a matter of preference of film or television. I don't have a preference, but, I am focusing on films now and don't have plans to return to TV any time soon.
Jonesie: What else will we see you in this year?
Tom: You know, I haven't signed on for anything. Not really taking a break, just waiting for something great.
Draft Day in theaters April 11!
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