Michael McKean talked to TV Guide about his starring role as Perry White on tonight’s Smallville. Story spoilers ahead…
Since Smallville is set in Superman’s teen years, Perry White isn’t yet the editor-in-chief of that venerable Metropolis newspaper, The Daily Planet. In fact, at this point in his life, White’s a down-on-his-luck loser.
“Perry had been a respected investigative journalist and kind of lost it in the bottom of a bottle,” McKean says. “He also got stung by a few big fish he went after, one of which is Lionel Luthor, whose dirty fingers are in everything. We’re unclear on what he has on Luthor or vice versa, but there’s old history there.”
White comes to Smallville on assignment for X-Styles, which McKean calls “an Unsolved Mysteries-type freak show. He observes some unusual things about a Smallville citizen named Clark Kent and becomes obsessed with Kent as the big story. He begins the episode as a guy at the end of his rope, but he finds redemption along the way. He learns that finding the big story isn’t all there is to life.”
You can check out the full interview at the link above.
Source: TV Guide