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Buffy actor shares the scene he describes as the toughest of his career.

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October 10, 2017

Buffy the Vampire Slayer star James Marsters revealed he filmed the toughest scene of his life while making the popular TV series.

The actor, who played bad-boy vampire Spike in the popular series from 1997-2003, had to go to a pretty dark place as his character attempted to rape the show’s lead actress, Sarah Michelle Gellar who played Buffy, in season six of the show.

“It was a hard experience for me and I still don’t like to film scenes like that. I still pass up material that would ask that of me … it’s just triggering for me personally,” Marsters told AAP

“I had a messed up childhood and I think I’ll leave it at that.”

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We interviewed Buffy star James Marsters last summer, and it’s finally safe for even our ReWatchable newbies to read.

In mid-2016, we got the chance to see James Marsters, who played the Buffy fan-favorite, bleached blond vampire Spike, speak at the Supanova Expo in Sydney, Australia, and to interview him after his panel. Given the subject of the statement we most wanted to share, we’ve chosen to hold this feature back until now, for the benefit of our ReWatchable hosts and listeners.

Despite Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s finale airing nearly 15 years ago, we’re very careful about spoilers around these parts, as Hypable’s ReWatchable podcast is currently covering all of Buffy and Angel. As you may know, ReWatchable’s basic structure involves a group of hosts, half of which are superfans and half of which are complete newbies, watching and reviewing a cult series — we’ve done Firefly, Veronica Mars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, but the Buffy-Angel combo has been our biggest undertaking to date, spanning a schedule of several years.

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James Marsters explains why 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' is this generation's 'Star Trek'

The actor talks 20 years of the hit series, his new Marvel show "Runaways" and more.
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Since 2017 marks two decades since the premiere of the legendary TV drama “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” we decided to head back to the world of Sunnydale, demons and a whole lot of ‘90s denim looks with actor James Marsters.

Known for playing Spike, the suave, platinum blonde vampire heartthrob, Marsters loves interacting with fans and frequents many conventions when he’s not filming or recording with his band “Ghost of the Robot.” Sadly, due to a scheduling conflict, Marsters will no longer be able to attend the upcoming Boston Comic Con. But don't fret, as we still got the dish on all things "Buffy," his music and joining Marvel’s “Runaways” series on Hulu.

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Watch: James Marsters on blowing a Star Trek audition with Patrick Stewart

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Fans geek out over the work of James Marsters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Torchwood, but the actor himself is a fan who has prayed at the church of fandom -- comic cons -- since he was 13 years-old.

I caught up with the erstwhile Spike at Wizard World Philadelphia a couple weeks back to chat about fandom. And in the following video, die-hard Star Trek fan Marsters reveals he used to dress up as Spock and nerd out with his fellow fans at the con. He also notes that people actually speak to one another at con (rather than being on, you know, Facebook and such) and there is a sincere connection to the material within the community.

Marsters also chats about the time he came so close to being in a Star Trek film, Nemesis, as Captain Picard’s clone. As a fan, he said this was a huge moment, and the gig was almost his — until he blew it!

Watch the video below and find out if he's had a chance to talk with Patrick Stewart about the missed opportunity.


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Actor who played famed TV vampire takes bite out of Iowa

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An actor who starred on TV’s “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” is in central Iowa this weekend to appear at the Wizard World Comic Con in Des Moines.

James Marsters played a vampire villian named Spike who was originally going to be staked into dust after a few episodes of “Buffy,” but quickly developed such a fan following that he became a series regular.

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Marsters says Spike was popular because he always had fun. “There’s a saying that we have in stage that says, ‘It’s called the play for a reason. No one pays to watch you work,'” Marsters says. “The trick is to always, no matter what kind of role, on some level have a lot of fun. The weird thing about Spike was that he was having a lot of fun dismembering people.”

While Marsters was born and raised on America’s West Coast, the character Spike was from England, so he had to be proficient with the accent. As he visits Comic Cons across the country, Marsters still encounters people who -don’t- know he’s -not- a Brit.

“I constantly meet people who feel betrayed that I’m not British,” Marsters says. “I like to play it off when I say, (in accent) ‘I’m only British if you pay me. Oh, that’s right, you paid me for an autograph. Yes, I’m British. I’m from London. Have been all my life.’ (Back to his true accent) But I’m sorry, man, fooled you! I’m from California. I just watched a lot of ‘Monty Python’ when I was a kid.”

Marster’s credits “Buffy” co-star and London native Anthony Head (who played Rupert Giles) with helping him develop Spike’s authentic accent. Without Head’s coaching, Marsters says Spike never would have lasted as long and would’ve been “cheesy.”

In addition to being a key player in the “Buffyverse,” Marsters has enjoyed roles in many other top-flight sci-fi franchises, including Star Wars, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Spiderman and Superman.

His latest project also revolves around a fantasy universe of superheroes and ubervillans. “I’ve been cast in a new television series for Hulu,” Marsters says. “It’s based on a Marvel comic book and it’s produced by Marvel, called ‘Runaways’ and that’s going to keep me busy for the forseeable future.” “Runaways” is scheduled to debut in 2018. It’s about a group of teens who discover their parents are super-villains in disguise. After that series runs its course, Marsters says, he’ll take what comes.

“I find that the roles that come to me are much more interesting than the ones I might dream up for myself,” Marsters says. He says his first role on stage was playing Eeyore in a 4th grade production of “Winnie The Pooh” and he’s been hooked on acting ever since.

Marsters will be joined at Comic Con by another “Buffy” veteran, actress Emma Caulfield who played Anya on the hit Fox show which ran seven seasons, from 1997 to 2003.

Comic Con runs today through Sunday at the Iowa Events Center.


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How James Marsters found enough love in Spike to cheat his way to a starring role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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James Marsters had a sneaky plan when it came to extending the life of Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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