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OTRC: 'Draft Day' star Tom Welling on fans, football and film: 5 highlights

Tom Welling appears in a junket interview for 'Draft Day' on March 30, 2014.

Tom Welling and Josh Pence had quite an experience on the film "Draft Day."

The movie features Kevin Costner as Sonny Weaver Jr., the general manager of the NFL football team the Cleveland Browns. Set on the day of the NFL Draft, "Draft Day" follows Weaver as he tries to secure the No. 1 draft pick while trying to decide on what he's willing to sacrifice for the good of the team.

The film, which hit theaters on Friday, April 11, also stars Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella, Terry Crews, Denis Leary and Ellen Burstyn.

Welling, who played Clark Kent on "Smallville" for 10 seasons, plays Brian Drew, a veteran quarterback on the Browns. Pence, who appeared in "The Dark Knight Rises" and was the body double for the Tyler Winklevoss character in "The Social Network," plays quarterback Bo Callahan, who is the No. 1 draft pick.

The two actors talked to OTRC.com recently about the film, the drama beyond football and learning on set with Costner and director Ivan Reitman.

Check out five highlights from their interview below and check out video from their interview above.

1. Welling hopes his "Smallville" fans will check out the movie.

"I mean 'Smallville' has allowed me the opportunity to be a part of something like 'Draft Day' and I hope, I hope they come see it," Welling said of his fans. "I think they'll like it. Hopefully they'll see something a little different in me and they'll enjoy that too."

2. There's a lot more to the movie than just football drama.

Welling: "I think football is the arena that these characters get to play in and interact and sort of work out their relationships."

Pence: "It's the backdrop behind which all of this drama is unfolding. It's sort of like here's the circumstance, now here's the real emotions that we can all, you know, we've all felt before and makes it kind of human."

3. Welling wish he did some things differently on screen, but was happy to appear in the film.

"It's funny, when you watch -- when I watch myself on screen, my first reaction is like, 'Ugh.' And then I'm like, 'Well, let me see what I can learn from this.' What could I have done better and that sort of thing, but I don't know if I ever felt like I had my moment," he said. "I was happy all my scenes made it into the film. You know, I was sort of like, 'Oh good! I wasn't cut out.' I was happy about that."

4. Jennifer Garner told OTRC.com the film is a "chick flick" and Welling agrees.

When asked about Garner's comment Welling said, "It is."

Pence quickly replied, "What a bunch of bull."

"No, it is! Think about it," Welling said. "This is a perfect movie for the guy who watches football who has a girlfriend who hates football. He can take her."

"It's true. It is a great combination. It's a flick with a chick," Pence said, referring to Garner. He later added, "And she's so great. She's so wonderful in this movie. I mean, she's just the like -- she's the heartbeat of the movie. She really is."

5. Welling said he learned a lot from working with Costner and Reitman.

"Sometimes when you work with people, you learn that you have so much more to learn, you know what I mean? But working with guys like Kevin [Costner] and Ivan [Reitman] it's great," he said. "It's inspiring. They're, you know, at the top of their game and to see them and to see what they pay attention to and what they care about, you know, we can take notes. "

Bonus: Pence had to put on quite a few pounds right before filming.

When asked what they thought after they learned they got their roles in "Draft Day," Pence said. "I better start eating. I had 20 pounds to gain in three weeks, so I had my work cut out for me."

Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

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