Old Buffy the Vampire Slayer Article
While cleaning old folders, I found an article published on August 17, 2002 by Richard Harrington (Washington Post Staff Writer). The article was on James Marsters playing Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I wanted to share these two excerpts:
There was so much hope
Plotting is Whedon’s job. After signing a new four-year $20 million deal with 20th Century Fox Entertainment, Whedon will continue making “Buffy” and its spinoff, “Angel,” for that studio and produce other new series. The first one up is “Firefly,” a sic-fi fall series for Fox that Whedon described as a space-age western, an “anti-Star Trek” with no aliens. There’s also a Saturday morning “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” cartoon for Fox and “Ripper,” a spinoff for the BBC starring Anthony Stewart Head, the English actor who pals Buffy’s “watcher” Giles.
It’s funny how things turn out. Angel and Firefly were canceled and Ripper was never developed. A sad time for Whedonites.
On the challenges of playing Spike
The other challenge is “keeping rail thin. I’ve been after a body type since I got on the show. When I came to L.A., I was 200 pounds and working—and then I got the role. Playing a vampire for six years, hard to be hungry, but I’m a metaphor for hunger, psychological and sexual.”
I knew about the painful peroxide treatments Marsters went through but I didn’t know he was trying to achieve a famished look. It must have been very difficult to maintain the “Spike” look for so many years.