‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Creator Joss Whedon Once ‘Terrified’ James Marsters By Backing Him ‘Up Against a Wall’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Joss Whedon with James Marsters and Amber Benson

Joss Whedon created a phenomenon in Buffy, the Vampire Slayer that continues lengthy after it ended its seven seasons on the air. A reboot is in improvement and comedian books proceed to publish. Fans revisit the seven seasons on DVD and Hulu, and episodes that includes Spike (James Marsters) are fan favorites. Looking again, Marsters revealed a second wherein Whedon’s hostility in direction of him and his character blew up.

[Spoiler alert: This article accommodates spoilers for Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.]

Joss Whedon with James Marsters and Amber Benson
L-R: James Marsters, Joss Whedon and Amber Benson | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc

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Marsters was a visitor on Michael Rosenbaum’s Inside of You podcast on July 14. When Rosenbaum began speaking about Buffy, Marsters revealed a second with Whedon that he says terrified him. 

Joss Whedon fought for the theme of ‘Buffy, the Vampire Slayer’

Marsters mentioned his preliminary season 2 contract was for 5 to 10 episodes. Spike was a villain whom Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) may slay. When Spike turned common, Whedon obtained nervous.

“The factor is that I used to be imperiling the theme of Buffy,” Marsters informed Rosenbaum. “Buffy’s really the identical theme as Hamlet which is how do you get by means of adolescence? How do you see the world as screwed up and never hand over, how do you are taking arms towards the ocean of troubles, how do you make a constructive distinction on the earth? Vampires in Buffy are simply metaphors for the entire challenges that you just face in that interval.”

Whedon had already compromised with Angel (David Boreanaz). He wasn’t about to show Buffy right into a teen love triangle.

James Marsters as SpikeJames Marsters as Spike
James Marsters | Albert L. Ortega/WireImage

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“So Joss felt vampires should be ugly,” Marsters mentioned. “They should be very quickly overcome. They were not supposed to be sexy. He said, ‘I don’t like that Anne Rice crap.’ He got talked into one romantic interest vampire. That was Angel. It wasn’t his idea. That was the only one. That was the exception adn then I came along and I wasn’t designed to be a romantic character but then the audience reacted that way to it.”

Joss Whedon terrified James Marsters with powerful love

Most present runners can be completely satisfied to have a visitor star escape. Whedon was fuming when Spike turned common. Obviously, he obtained over it when he introduced Marsters again for season 4.

“I was terrified of Joss,” Marsters mentioned. “Absolutely terrified. He’s such a nice guy. I remember he backed me up against a wall one day. He was just like, ‘I don’t care how popular you are, kid. You’re dead. You hear me? You’re dead, DEAD.’ I was just like uh, it’s your football, man.”

Marsters didn’t blame Whedon.

Joss Whedon | Albert L. Ortega/WireImage

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“He was angry at the situation I think,” Marsters mentioned. “Why should he? If it had been me in his shoes, I’d have killed me off immediately. He resented a situation where he had to deal with another romantic vampire when his theme was that vampires are the problems you have to get over in high school, in season 2 when he’s trying to hold onto a really good theme and it’s getting corrupted by a surprise character.”

James Marsters believed in ‘Buffy, the Vampire Slayer’ too

Marsters agreed with Whedon’s tackle vampires. Even although Spike finally fell in love with Buffy, he agreed they need to painting evil appropriately.

James Marsters | J. P. Aussenard/WireImage

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Evil shouldn’t be cool. I believe that numerous what we do in Los Angeles and Hollywood, after we painting evil as cool, I believe that we’re actually mendacity. I believe that evil is silly and laughable and it shouldn’t be portrayed as cool and I actually respect Joss that he’s not concerned with portraying evil as cool. If I had been producing that present and I had been in management and Spike was getting romantic, I simply would have slit his throat immediately. I might simply defend the theme. I don’t assume I’m as courageous as Joss. Joss determined to cope with it and attempt to discover a technique to discover that.

James Marsters, Inside of You podcast, 7/14/2020

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