Routh grew up in Iowa and looks the part, but as someone who saw his work as "Seth Anderson #1" on One Life to Live, I'm surprised at this casting. Perhaps he's gotten better since he was fired from that soap in 2002, but back then he was acting Kryptonite.
When Routh was fired, he ranted on his Web site, claiming that producers would get their just desserts in the afterlife. He deleted his comments quickly, but a few soap sites saved a copy:
On Thursday I was released/fired/terminated (whatever you wanna call it) and replaced. There will be a new Seth Anderson.
I am not truly saddened by this turn of events ... in fact I am quite relieved. I have gained much and will now move on. I am saddened however by the lack of respect and humanity expressed by those in control of the show. Instead of being open and honest with me they were conniving and malicious. They actually had me come in to work Thursday, for four hours ... then called me up to tell me they were releasing me! I do not stand for such treatment and this is one reason I am happy that I am no longer in league with people who can't give me respect. They would rather hide than be confronted with the actions they take. Know this everyone, if you can't deal with the consequences of your actions ... seriously rethink your action ... because you may get far in this world ... but this world is not the world that matters.
That said, I will leave God to judge those who have wronged me. And I do forgive them, in hopes that someday they will understand what they have done.
You gotta love someone who evokes God's patient but ever certain wrath upon the people who trespass against him.
Superman director Bryan Singer chose Routh because he gave the best screentest of anyone they tested. So, his acting skills are not in question.
Yeah, his acting skills are not in question... ;-)