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Tom Welling says goodbye to Clark Kent as the end of 'Smallville' approaches

May 6, 2011 |  1:07 pm

Welling "Smallville" ends its 10-season run on the CW next Friday (May 13), and star Tom Welling leaves the show with mixed feelings. Which makes sense, since he also took the role of the young, pre-Superman Clark Kent  with some ambivalence. He apparently didn't want to take on the baggage that comes with playing a superhero, agreeing only when he discovered the series had the motto of “no tights, no flights."

Welling now seems to be leaning more toward roles behind the scenes — he's directed many episodes of "Smallville" and is executive producer of the CW series "Hellcats." There's more on Welling and the end of "Smallville" at our brother blog Hero Complex.


Tom Welling walks (not flies) into the season finale

Photo: Tom Welling. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times.