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In January 1999, I was lucky enough to see Michael Shanks play Hamlet on stage in Vancouver.  I remember it well because my BF and I had only been dating for a month then and he surprised me with tickets.

"In and over and through this timeless landscape capers a Hamlet who at first seems suitably lost in moody melancholy. Shanks doesn't ignite until the ghost of Hamlet's father urges his son to avenge a murder most foul. From then on it's a treat to watch this handsome and spirited young actor dominate the stage with the tics and twirls of a madness that Hamlet alternately feigns and loses himself within."
Review from the Vancouver Sun

This is why he'll do an awesome job as Carter Hall aka Hawkman in Smallville's Absolute Justice 2 hour event.  Hamlet is one of the hardest and most demanding roles for an actor and as  I watched from the front row and I soon forgot that he worked on SG-1.  He was trained in the theatre first and studied at UBC (Met U *grins*).

´╗┐There is a great interview with Michael Shanks on MOVIEWEB about his role as Hawkman , preparation and his thoughts.  I really got the impression that he really cared about his portrayal and the whole project and it reminded me of the interviews that Brian Austen Green  who plays Metallo/Corben did as well.  BAG did an awesome job so just reading this interview with Shanks has me really anticipating Absolute Justice because it won't be about a bunch of has been costumed heroes but something more that might help Clark Kent in his journey.

I found this part of the interview interesting and I was wondering if this is something that he'll share with Clark.  We have seen for years on SV how Clark has always feared he'd be alone and always wanted to have a relationship like Martha and Jonathan had. 

It appears from the trailer for this episode that Hawkman's longtime love, Shiera Sanders, or Hawkgirl/Hawkwoman as she was also known, was once a member of the team. But she is no longer around. Do we find out what happened to her? And can you talk about Carter's state of mind revolving around that loss?

Michael Shanks: I think Shiera plays a significant part of the storyline. We will find out that something has happened to her. We won't find out specifically what that is. But we will get a sense of that, and how it shaped Carter, and how it got him to where he is at. She is a weight that he is dragging around. She is a kind of anvil that he is dragging behind him in terms of weight and guilt, and a reluctance to ever go back into that realm. Because of this, he is wearing that hairshirt of guilt over the loss of her when we first meet him. It has a lot to do with what became of the Justice Society. His relationship with Hawkgirl plays a huge part of where he is at when we first find him, and what he will have to overcome over the course of the first hour of this show.

ETA Here is another interview with Michael Shanks about his role on Smallville from Newsarama

Nrama: Everyone is wondering what sort of advice you'll be giving to Clark (Tom Welling) and if you'll discuss anything about Hawkgirl.

Shanks: Um, in the original draft of the script there was some illusion to what the past relationship was with Hawkgirl, specific about what happened to her and how this affected Carter and whatnot. And there's references to her that are left in the script that are dealt with and you get the point without having to talk too much and without having to explain too much. It's talked about with Clark, it's talked about with Oliver at different points without getting too, too detailed about the goings on. But it is a weight that Carter Hall wears around his neck. He talks about that with Clark, both at the middle and at the end of the show, and it's affect on him, but there is no particular correlation between Clark and his relationships that Carter draws a parallel between. You could draw a parallel to Oliver's sense of detachment, which I think is part of their agreeing to disagree or at least teaching each other something.

Articles on Michael Shank's stage work:


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