Small Trepidations

      Stepping into the role of Clark Kent's bumbling photog buddy, Jimmy Olsen, when "Smallville" returns tomorrow (9/28) gave Aaron Ashmore a couple of reasons for trepidation. "Jumping into something like that you don't know how people are going to act," says Ashmore. "But the people are friendly." The former "Veronica Mars" actor's second concern was that Jimmy Olsen "is a part people have a lot of preconceived ideas about because there've been so many incarnations. But you try not to think about that too much and just jump in and do your own thing."

      Meanwhile, Ashmore's award-winning indie film, "Brother's Keeper" -- about a slacker who helps his academic-minded twin brother get into college -- has just been released on DVD. The actor notes, "It was chaotic because we didn't have a lot of time. We literally would shoot one side of the closeup, then change the ward robe and hair around a little bit and get right back into it. Luckily the brothers were written as opposites. The difficult part was trying to make them both real without going to the extremes."

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