Justin Hartley Interview – SMALLVILLE Comic Con 2010

Justin Hartley

Check out the interview that Justin Hartley who plays Oliver Queen on SMALLVILLE gave in the press room at Comic Con 2010.

You’re in the final stages now. Overall, what sort of stage do you think Oliver is going into and do you think he and Clark getting closer will push him more towards his father?

Justin Hartley: The first part of the question, I think that Oliver is going from this kind of inner peace that he’s finally found to realizing that whole thing, the way that he thought about himself is in fact not who he is. So he’s still going to carry that burden. It’s interesting because he carries the burden of the bad guy inside of him. So he’s got that dark heart thing and the weight of the world on his shoulders and all of that. As far as the other thing, Clark’s destiny, I think what you’re going to see this year is Clark kind of finding that on his own. Maybe he’ll help Oliver a little bit, sort of like he did last year. People are like this in real life, too. You go in and out of good and bad. So you’re doing pretty good and then something happens and it’s like he’s constantly in remission, trying to figure out how to deal with all the things that he’s done in his past.

What’s your wish as far as where you want him to be at the end of the series?

Justin Hartley: I’d like to see him have more of that inner peace that I was talking about. I think the superhero stuff is great but I think that Oliver is a good person, a good human being. He’s got a huge heart and that’s part of his problem. I’d like to see him get the good end of the stick a few times. That would be kind of nice.

There have been rumblings about your character being the perfect spin-off at the end of the season. Is that something that’s been discussed?

Justin Hartley: I don’t know. It might be in between a pipe dream and something that’s actually being discussed. People are always kind of talking about it. As far as going forward I certainly haven’t heard anything.

Would you do it?

Justin Hartley: Yeah. I’d be up to having a conversation about it. In what capacity I don’t know, but yeah, definitely. I enjoy the character and it’s fun. Stuff like that is kind of up my alley and I would entertain the idea. I will hear it.

If you say yes here then you’re committed, right?

Justin Hartley: That’s right. Then you’re going to whip out the contract and he’s got it on tape.

Do you find the character is still interesting to play, that there are new sides to him?

Justin Hartley: I do. That’s another good question because sometimes you get saturated and you go, ‘We’ve done this a hundred times.’ I’ve had the luxury of coming onto the show initially and did like six episodes or seven episodes, whatever I did, a short stint on the show. They just threw all this stuff in there. ‘This is what the Green Arrow does, who Oliver is going to be.’ Then he left the show for a year and then I came back and did one episode the next year. The first year that I came back pseudo-full time I did thirteen episodes and although that sounds like a lot it’s not. It’s not a long time to get into the character and tell his story. So really last year was really the very first year in my opinion that I was able to be in Vancouver shooting long enough to tell Oliver’s story without just kind of touching on different parts of it. For me, honestly, this is really the way that I look at it, like this is the second part of my full season. So we’re in my second full season in a row and that’s it. So I’ve been lucky that way. I see what you’re saying. I can only imagine. I mean Tom [Welling] has been doing it for, what, ten years.

It must be hard.

Justin Hartley: It must be and on the other side of it, too, the writers. It’s got to be hard for them to keep it fresh because I wrote an episode last year. These guys let me write an episode. So you go into the writer’s room and you’re sitting there and there are so many good ideas that get thrown around and they get shot down, not because they’re not good ideas but because they’ve done it before. ‘That’s a great idea. We did that four years ago. That’s a great idea. We did it eight years ago. She’s already done that. She bled there. That’s where we shot last time.’ It’s unbelievable. It’s like this huge brain sitting in a room trying to figure out what’s left but they come up with it. They keep coming up with it. I have faith in them. They could probably do another ten years if they had to.

Will you write again this season?

Justin Hartley: I’m not going to be writing this season. I’m going to be directing so that’ll be fun.

Do you have a ‘Green Arrow’ story that you would be dying to tell, something for Geoff Johns?

Justin Hartley: I don’t have one, no, but I’m sure he would. I don’t compete with those guys. It was nice for them to let me write one but I can’t compete with them.

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

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