John Schneider Interview – SMALLVILLE Comic Con 2010

John Schneider

Check out the interview that John Schneider gave in the press room at Comic Con 2010. Schneider is reprising his role as Jonathan Kent on the final season of SMALLVILLE

I guess that since you’re here you’ll be playing a big part in the new season. Is that accurate?

John Schneider: Yes, that’s accurate. I’m in the new season but honestly I’m not sure if I’m alive or dead or a vision or a memory. I’m going to be in there a lot but I really don’t know [how]. The way that it was written I don’t know if it’s accumulative memories of Clark and things that Jonathan would say to him or if I’m really there but that’s not usual ‘Smallville’.

How do you deal with that?

John Schneider: It’s not unusual. One of the things that led to my heart attack is that Lionel Luthor comes in and hands me something in the barn. I don’t remember exactly what he said but something like, ‘How is your family going to be able to survive this,’ and he hands me a piece of paper. I said to the director, it was Greg Beeman at the time and he said, ‘It’s the worst possible news that you could get and it’s life changing.’ I said, ‘What’s on it?’ He said, ‘I have no idea.’ ‘Really, we’re never going to know?’ He said, ‘We’re never going to know.’ We did this whole scene and as soon as John Glover hands me the piece of paper they cut to a reverse of him handing it to me and as soon as I grabbed it and you should be able to see it over my shoulder I crumpled it up and I said, ‘How dare you?’ So it’s not unusual to have the cast be kind of in the dark. I don’t mean that in a bad way. The suspense actually works on the set as well which I think works for the show.

What’s it like coming back after all this time?

John Schneider: It was a wonderful experience coming back. Much of the crew is the same and so it was old home week. But when you get past a certain age four years goes by pretty quick and when I was going up there I thought, ‘It’s been four years. What’s this going to be like?’ As soon as I set foot, like I said on the panel, on the Kent Farm I felt like I hadn’t gone anywhere. It was like no time had passed. So it was really wonderful and a great experience.

Are you in the opening titles?

John Schneider: I don’t think I’m in the opening titles. I wanted to be a surprise but obviously it’s not a surprise anymore. I didn’t want to be in the opening credits. I just wanted to be credited in the end. But I guess the cat is out of the bag.

The whole thing culminating in Clark becoming Superman, is Jonathan returning to give him that final guidance?

John Schneider: Yes. I think that Jonathan Kent is back because he’s the only force, the only person in Clark Kent’s life that can tell him it’s okay to be Superman, that ‘This is in fact the destiny that we talked about when you were a child. We’ve always talked about you were here for a reason, you have this very specific set of skills and you are part of what’s right in this world and one of these days you’ll know how to use that out among the people. It’s your destiny, son.’ I think that’s why they brought me back here because he’s been out doing super things but really kind of unfocused, doing good when he has the opportunity to do it but without focus and without direction. He’s a really good guy but he has not come into contact with his destiny yet and I think that’s what Jonathan is for.

You can also read our interviews with Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Justin Hartley, Brian Peterson, and Kelly Souders.

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