Bald is beautiful. And, if you're Smallville
star Michael Rosenbaum
, it's also very lucrative. As the follicularly challenged Lex Luthor on WB's smashing Superman drama, Rosenbaum has spent four seasons toying with the Teen of Steel's circle of friends. Tonight (at 8 pm/ET) he gets a dose of his own villainy in an episode that finds a pair of Lexes on the loose. That gives Rosenbaum a reason to talk to TVGuide.com about everything from acting with himself to the lighter side of going to the dark side.TVGuide.com: So is the world ready for two Lexes?
Best episode of the year, man. This experiment goes wrong and all of a sudden there's two of me running around.
TVG: It's a Luthorpalooza!
When I first heard about the episode, [executive producer] Greg Beeman
told me, "Man, you are in every scene... every page." Then I got the script and 47 pages out of 50 are me. It was an absolute blast.
TVG: But maybe not so much for everyone else in Smallville, huh?
] I get to beat the s--t out of Jonathan Kent (John Schneider
), which I've been waiting to do for three seasons. He's such a d--- to Lex! I get to beat Clark up, I get to sword fight [Lionel]. But the best thing is, you know how you get [can] get tired of yourself? The best remedy is to beat the hell out of yourself. And I get to do that.
TVG: How'd playing opposite yourself work out for you?
It was difficult, because there comes a time when you're sitting there with a crew and you're acting to nothing and you're reacting to nothing. You're [going wild] in front of [these people] who have to be thinking, "You've got to be the biggest moron." But you just let go.... If it sucks, you deck the director. But this was definitely fun.
TVG: Speaking of fun, now that the TV season is winding down for you, any summer plans?
Yeah, I'm going to Cabo [San Lucas, Mexico] with my friends — and I'm invited to George Lucas
' ranch [in Northern California] for a screening of the new Star Wars
I was at this AIDS charity event and all of a sudden, there's George Lucas. And he's pointing in my direction. Oh my god, he asked me to come over. So I go, and he says, "Hey, my daughter's a big fan of your show and she makes me watch it. I think it's pretty good."
TVG: Oh man...
You have no idea! I am the biggest Star Wars
geek! Then he said, "You should come to the ranch sometime." So I [did]! He signed my Star Wars
poster, I watched him edit, he showed me some of the movie. Then he showed me a picture of his dog, the real Indiana Jones. We went into this warehouse and saw all of the original props... all the original artwork. I was in heaven. It was the best thing that has ever happened to me.