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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Jeu 24 Juil 2008, 11:43

la suite de l'ITW en français

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Comment était la réunion de Buffy au Paley Center ? Quand vous étiez sur scène avec Joss Whedon, Sarah Michelle Gellar et les autres acteurs et auteurs de Buffy ?

De mon côté,
c'était plutôt une déception __ il y avait de bonnes questions mais
nous n'avons rien dit de vraiment dangereux. Enfin!, Seth Green
l'a fait. Je sentais comme si nous étions en train de protéger quelque
chose. Je sentais que le public était prêt mais nous ne l'étions pas.

Comment vous sentiez-vous de ne pas être un Grand Méchant de la série Buffy ?

J'étais très, très, très 'furieux' de ne pas être un Grand Méchant. [ Marsters trouvait qu'en tant que régulier, Spike
était supposé être pitoyable. ] Mais vous les gars, vous aimez me voir
humilié. J'ai décidé de souffrer aussi élégamment que je le pouvais,
avec dignité.

Comment vous sentiez-vous à propos de la fin de Buffy en tant que série ?

La fin de la série
n'était pas au sujet de Spike mais au sujet des Potentielles. J'aurais
aimé que les Potentielles ne soient pas dans le show. Filles très
agréables, mais j'aurais aimé que Spike eut choisi de se sacrifier
lui-même.

Préfèreriez-vous un film Spike / Buffy ou un film Spike / Drusilla ?


[Pour un film sur
Spike] j'ai eu cette idée pour Spike à Londres. Nous n'avons jamais vu
Spike proactivement dire 'Je veux cela' __ Il est un perdant, il
devrait vouloir quelque chose de très petit.
Il essaye de sortir avec une nouvelle femme et essaye de la tenir
éloigner du fait qu'il est un vampire __ je pense que ce serait
hilarant. Elle découvre qu'il est un vampire, elle est dégoûtée et le
quitte. Il essaye de battre un monstre __ ce dernier s'agrandit de six
fois sa taille aussi grand qu'il pensait que c'était. Spike s'enfuit en
disant 'J'ai besoin d'une sorcière, j'ai besoin d'un libraire, ...' Il
s'achète une nouvelle paire de chaussures à la fin.

(Avec une telle idée, je comprends que le film n'ait jamais vu le jour :D)

Que pensez-vous de Spike dans la nouvelle saison 6 d'Angel dans les comics ?

Je n'ai pas lu les
bandes dessinées mais je suis effrayé par cela. Je n'ai pas à re-jouer
le personnage pour la bande dessinée mais je sens que Spike est aussi
mon personnage.

Qui gagnerait un combat, Spike ou Brainiac ?


A quelle point est l'humour une arme ? Je souhaite que Spike gagne mais Brainiac a de super-pouvoirs.
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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Lun 18 Aoû 2008, 02:42

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Dans cette nouvelle interview mensuelle de James Marsters, l'acteur revient sur le fait que Buffy
soit gay dans la dernière bande dessinée dérivée de la série et discute
du fait qu'il est peut-être celui qui va trop loin dans les scènes
d'amour, entre autres.

Comment gérez-vous si quelqu'un va trop loin dans une scène, en particulier une scène de combat ou d'amour ?

James Marsters:
Dans une scène de combat, vous allez voir le chorégraphe pour arranger
cela. Ils font très attention avec les acteurs à Hollywood. Pour une
scène d'amour, je suis toujours celui qui pousse trop loin.


Dans le dernier numéro de la saison 8 de Buffy, Joss Whedon rend Buffy gay.
Que pensez-vous de ce choix ? Et, qu'aurait pensé Spike de cela ?

J'ai demandé à Joss
et il m'a répondu qu'elle n'était pas nécessairement homosexuelle mais
faisait l'expérience. Spike n'accepterait pas qu'elle soit gay
contrairement à moi.

Quelle qualité en vous aimeriez-vous améliorer ?

Ma discipline, je me détends de trop.

Si vous pouviez changer une chose pour faciliter la vie du genre masculin, que changeriez-vous ?

Je rendrais acceptable pour les hommes de pleurer.


Interprétez-vous une de vos nouvelles
chansons à quelqu'un pour approbation avant de les enregistrer ou de
les jouer sur scène ? Ou faites-vous confiance à votre propre jugement ?

Je les joue pour
mes amis et ma famille, pas vraiment pour leur approbation mais
simplement vraiment parce que je suis excité d'avoir écrit une chanson.

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How do you handle it if someone takes things too far in a scene, especially a fight scene or a love scene?
In
a fight scene you go to the fight choreographer and he would definitely
fix it. They’re very careful with actors in Hollywood. For a love
scene I’m always the one pushing it too far.

In
the last issue of Buffy's comic seasson 8 Joss makes Buffy gay. What do
you think about this choice? And, what would Spike have thought about
it?

I asked Joss about that and he said that she wasn’t
necessarily gay but was experimenting. Spike would not accept that she
was gay, but I would.

What quality in yourself would you like to improve?
My discipline. I relax too well.

If you could change one thing to make life easier for your own gender, what would you change?
I would make it acceptable for guys to cry.

Was
there a particular event - eg. Vietnam, Watergate, or a particular
person that made you politically aware or was it something you grew up
with?

I grew up in a hippy household but the politics were
not shared with me. It was midway through the Reagan administration
that I began to wake up. It wasn’t until midway through the Bush Sr.
administration when he raided the social security fund to balance the
budget and nine months later claimed that Social Security was not
solvent and needed to be “fixed”, which was a buzz word for killing the
program. I think I was 23 years old.

Do
you play any of your new songs to anyone first for their approval
before you record them or perform them on stage? Or do you trust your
own judgement?

I play them for my friends and family, not really for their approval but really just because I’m excited that I wrote a song.
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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Lun 18 Aoû 2008, 12:39

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Pour une scène d'amour, je suis toujours celui qui pousse trop loin.
Ok... lol
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Je rendrais acceptable pour les hommes de pleurer.
Trop mignon! love

Merci Ricardo! happy

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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Lun 18 Aoû 2008, 13:25

Picolo ange Et oui,James va jouer le role de picolo dans le film dbz
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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Dim 31 Aoû 2008, 18:40

James Marsters - "Dragon Ball" Movie - 2008 Dragon Con Q&A




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Don’t expect to see James Marsters
to reprise his role as Detective Grant Mars from the Without a Trace
television show. The actor/musician told fans the studio was likely
“pissed off” when he declined to resign his contract in favor of other
work.


“I thought that they were pretty much done with me,”
said Marsters when explaining to fans at Dragon*Con 2008. The studio
signed him to a partial contract that meant he wasn’t locked in for the
entire season but was also paid less money.


Marsters declined to return after signing on to play
Lord Piccolo in the Dragon Ball live-action movie, which is currently
in post production and due out in theaters next year.


“I didn’t have to do very much research,” he said of
the film. “I have a son, so I’ve probably watched every single episode
of Dragon Ball.”


The story was something Marsters really identified
with, he said, adding that Goku’s nature to choose violence only as a
last resort was a trait all young boys should be exposed to.


“Having said that, the hyper-violence of Dragon Ball
has to be there, but in the right context,” he said. “I’ve had debates
with my son about it.”

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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Dim 31 Aoû 2008, 19:10

J'aime pas Dragon Ball... je ne verrai pas ça... même pour les beaux yeux de James Marsters.
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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Dim 31 Aoû 2008, 19:15

V. a écrit:
J'aime pas Dragon Ball... je ne verrai pas ça... même pour les beaux yeux de James Marsters.
Surtout qu'il sera tout vert, on pourra pas voir grand chose malheureusement. lol

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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Dim 31 Aoû 2008, 19:50

Bah, ceci confirme ma position . (y a des gens verts dans Dragon Ball ?????? )
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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Lun 01 Sep 2008, 00:44

dans "l'appartement d'alex" tu devrait trouvé une photo de James !!! ça te donnera une idée de la tête k'il devrait avoir...

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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Lun 01 Sep 2008, 00:57

J'ai trouvé un dessin de la chose... c'est martien?
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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Lun 01 Sep 2008, 11:34

Heu...c'est Dragon Ball! lol

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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Lun 15 Sep 2008, 19:33

Buffy and Spike's "bring down the house" sex
scene was recently voted TV Guide's number one hot scene in television
history. Your opinion on that?

It was pretty fun! My
memory of it was that the stunt coordinator took 50 lbs of pointed
metal to the face that night, so we all ended up in the hospital at the
end of that night.

What bores you?
Local television news.

What is on your refrigerator door?
I’ll go check (he laughs)...there’s nothing on the refrigerator door here. My nanny doesn’t want us to blemish it.

After
playing and performing a song multiple times, does it become routine?
Or do you find yourself being drawn back to the situation that inspired
the song and begin to feel the emotions all over again?

I feel it all over again. I have to be careful not to get teary eyed – it's terrible for the voice.

Do you think John Hart is a good man or a bad man?
He’s a bad man trying to be good.

How would you describe the perfect first kiss?
Relaxed lips, long and mushy, and just a little bit of tongue.

Either/Or
Sir Ian McKellen or Sir Anthony Hopkins?
I refuse to choose!

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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Dim 09 Nov 2008, 20:20

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Congratulations everyone on a peaceful election. Looking forward to
a peaceful transition of power. I being myself am on cloud nine.
Looking forward to talking with everyone about why we have so much
reason for hope. I mean, Robert Kennedy Jr in the cabinet!!!!!

I just finished reading two books on tape which are part of the
Dresden series. They contracted me to read a total of 6 between now and
next year. I'm leaving to film a new project through December. I'll
tell you more when Steve gives me the okay.

I just gave Steve the go ahead to plan something before I have to
leave for a worldwide press tour in 2009 for DragonBall, so there's
another announcement to look forward to shortly if it all works out.

Here's to a bright future for everybody.



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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Dim 16 Nov 2008, 23:52

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James Marsters - November 2008 - Jamesmarsters.com Q&A

How long do you usually spend thinking about the things you are going to
do? Are you impulsive or do you like to think things out first?


I’m in between. I used to be very impulsive and now I
do think ahead, but I’m still rather impulsive and I love unstructured
time.

Is envy a form of acknowledgement?

Yes. But it’s a form I’d like to avoid.

What sorts of roles do you see yourself playing—or do you see attracting you—as you get older?

I would like to play rock stars, physicists, ummm, spacemen, poets and psychotic judges. Or maybe just the dad.

How long does it take you to get ready in the mornings?

43 – 46 minutes.

Name at least one thing you don’t want to end.

The Greenland ice sheet.

What is the most embarrassing song you love?

I’m a punk rocker, I have no shame! I have no secret
Captain and Tenille song on my Ipod. I do have McFadden and Whitehead’s
“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” but that was for an audition for Hugh
Jackman.

Who was your first crush/love?

My first crush was unrequited - Kelly Wood, fourth grade through seventh. I wonder where she is now...

Favorites:

Anime - "Nausicaä", followed quickly by “Dragon Ball Z”.

Shakespeare scene - It’s in The Winters Tale - when the queen is revealed not to be a statue but to be alive.

Either/Or

Electric or acoustic guitars? Acoustic.

Yesterday or tomorrow? Tomorrow.

1970s punk or modern punk? Modern definitely speaks to me. The 70’s spoke to a different situation.

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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Mer 17 Déc 2008, 18:00

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On the 15th of each month
a new question and answer session with James is posted online. Please
submit your questions using the email address to the right. Before
submitting please have a look through previous Q&As to see if your
question has been answered.






December 2008



When acting, is it a fine line between being over the top and being believable?
No, it’s not a fine line it’s a glaring line. Even if you are one
millimeter over, it’s glaring and you can feel the people around you on
the set lose hope. The camera is completely unforgiving on that level.

Can you dance and if so, what kind of dance do you do most? What is dancing like for you?
I love to dance. I started break dancing before they called it break
dancing - they called it “get down” in the 70’s. I can also waltz, but
I’m afraid the punk rock movement did a lot of damage to my dancing
ability.

What do you keep putting off for another day?
Hmmm... Cleaning out the boxes underneath my desk and cleaning out the garage, but none of that crap is mine!!

What do you feel you know most about?
I am just coming to learn that I don’t know much about anything.

Does any scene you've done in theater stand out as the most emotional?
In "Mortal Risk" in Chicago, when I had to play a murdering rapist who was pretending to be insane.

A compliment which embarrasses you?
All compliments slightly embarrass me but lately I’m learning to deal with it.

What's the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
Just now, answering these questions. I laugh a lot.

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Lors d'interprétations, existe-t-il une fine ligne entre surjouer et être crédible ?
Non, ce n'est pas une fine ligne, c'est une ligne flagrante. Même si
vous êtes un millimètre au-dessus [de la ligne], c'est flagrant et vous
pouvez sentir les gens autour de vous sur le plateau perdre espoir. La
caméra est complètement impardonnable à ce niveau.


Y-a-t'il une scène que vous ayez interprétée au théâtre qui se trouve être la plus émotionnelle ?

Dans "Mortal Risk" à Chicago, lorsque je devais jouer un violeur meurtrier qui faisait semblant d'être fou.


Pouvez-vous danser et si oui, quel type de danse pratiquez-vous le plus ? A quoi ressemble la danse pour vous ?
J'aime danser. J'ai commencé à danser le break avant qu'on appelle cela
"break dancing". On appellait cela "get down" dans les années 70. Je
peux aussi valser, mais j'ai bien peur que le mouvement punk rock ait
nuit à mes capacités en danse.

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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Jeu 26 Mar 2009, 19:25

James Marsters - From Spike to Brainiac - Ign.com Interview

Marsters discusses his iconic television roles, including Buffy, Smallville and Torchwood.
by Eric Goldman

US, March 25, 2009 - I recently spoke to James Marsters about his role as the villain Piccalo in the upcoming film Dragonball: Evolution. You can read Marsters thoughts on the role (whose source material he’s very familiar with) over at IGN Movies.

In this second part of my conversation with Marsters, we turned to his impressive television work. Marsters discussed his recurring roles on Smallville and Torchwood, and whether we might see those characters – Brainiac and Captain John Hart – again. We also talked about his most popular role, as Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Marsters gives his thoughts on what it was that made the character so iconic.

IGN: It’s been funny on Smallville this season, because Brainiac has been a presence, but you haven’t been a presence unfortunately.

Marsters: [Laughs] They’re sick of paying me so much money. They were very generous about offering me some money up front and something told me, "Yes, we’re going to work with you James for a good amount of time…" But if you notice, it’s been like that a lot. They talk about the character, but… It’s a good group of people, but I think that may be over.

IGN: Ah, so you don’t think there’s much of a possibility of returning?

Marsters: You know what, who knows? That series just seems to be immortal. It’s done so well. So if the future is long, I’m certainly open to it. If they need me, I’d love to come say hi to everybody. But at the same time, they may not need me. They’re very imaginative about how they do things.

IGN: The last time they had your character, in some form, they sent him off to the future to become Brianiac 5 – the good character from the Legion of the Superheroes.

Marsters: Oh, cool!

IGN: Yeah, it seemed like there was a door there for you to come back in a very different way.

Marsters: That’s cool! [Laughs]

IGN: [Laughs] I might be throwing you a curve ball here, but would that be something that would be fun for you, to play such a different take on Brainiac?

Marsters: Oh yeah. I think that would be wonderful. I would also like to go back and be evil for them too. It’s fun to be evil! It’s fun to play a robot who doesn’t really care and who’s only
pretending to. But it would be fun to play a robot who actually didcare at the same time…

IGN: You’ve played a lot of villains, but you rarely play exactly the same kind of villain.

Marsters: No, not at all. And as a matter of fact, I just played Buzz Aldrin. I’m doing Buzz Aldrin in a TV-Movie called Moonshot for BBC and History Channel. That was fabulous, because he’s a
very complex character. He’ll still deck you if you offend him. He’slike 77… Check him on You Tube. There’s a dude who followed him around going, "You never went to the moon! You’re a liar!" And Buzz is like, "Shut Up, leave me alone." "Liar!" And he just turns around and BAM,
decks the guy. He’s 77 years old! That was really fun. And then I played a cowboy who is ridden with guilt and heroic, so I am branching out. But yeah, villains, you have to admit, are fun. Anyone who plays them can’t deny that.

IGN: I also wanted to ask you about Torchwood, which has quite a following. The new season is a very short miniseries, but have you talked to them about returning down the line?

Marsters: They know that I would come at any time they would like. They are so fun to work with. I had such a blast, both playing the role and hanging out with the cast. And also hanging out in Cardiff. The combination almost feels like a vacation. So yeah, I’ve
extended my open invitation and I would love to come back. I can’t move to Cardiff, but I would love to come and keep doing guest spots and stuff. But yeah, with a five-episode arc, John isn’t in it. I don’t know why such a popular series gets cut down to five [episodes]. But in
the English world, series often only go three years. Doctor Who and Eastenders are about the only examples of something that doesn’t get cut. I don’t know what’s up with the BBC. "Yeah, great show. Everyone’s watching it. The whole world loves it. Cancel it." [Laughs] What the
hell? But they have different rules, you know? They’re probably doing it exactly right. I love that show. I hope it stays on the air for awhile.

IGN: So I have to out myself as a huge Buffy and Angel fan.

Marsters: Right on. Me too. I didn’t write it. I didn’t produce it. I didn’t direct it, so I can say, "That was a good show!" I just stood on tape.

IGN: Your character clearly went through some incredible changes through the years, and you got to play him through very different incarnations. Looking back, is there a period of Spike
that you enjoyed playing more than others or was particularly fun to play?

Marsters: Definitely the beginning. All the real evil stuff was the most fun. As soon as he fell in love with Buffy, it was all about pain. And by that point, I was really internalizing the character and it was fairly method for me, so I was really fairly depressed. And then he gets his soul and goes insane… [Sighs] That was… I mean, I’m proud of the acting, and I didn’t make my cast members have to deal with me. But just on a personal level, I was feeling pretty low… chasing rats in the basement. Because basically, I was having to just dredge up every single thing I felt guilty about and then flagellate myself with it to bring myself closer to Spike. Because Spike got his soul and he was having to revisit all the murders that he did and that’s just not a healthy thing to do to yourself. I don’t think any psychologist would say that’s a good thing. Really effective as an actor, but that’s why they say acting is necessarily healthy. But yeah, when it was just chasing teenagers and biting them, that was fun. [Laughs]

IGN: Personally, I felt like Spike got revitalized by moving to Angel that last year. What was that like for you? It’s the same character and you’d worked with David [Boreanaz] and knew some of the people, but at the same time, it was a very different dynamic. Did that give you a new energy?

Marsters: Big time. Big time. It was almost like getting back to the original Spike. The only big difference was that he wasn’t really eating people anymore. But he still didn’t really care
about too many people. He was still a snark. But yeah, I got back to the fun of the character. It was kind of like… Have you ever been dating that girlfriend and you’re really into her and she’s just not that into you and you just can’t get away and you can’t get away, and then finally, something happens and you’re torn away and you’re free? It’s kind of like that. You’re kind of liberated from your own love in that way.

IGN: What do you think it was about the character that resonated so much, and continues to, with the fans?

Marsters: I think it was a happy accident, actually. The thing was, was that Joss [Whedon] was really uncomfortable with Spike’s success. He wanted to write a show about vampires getting
killed, not vampires that we would care about. He wanted vampires to be a stand in for all of the problems that you have growing up. The bullies, the bad teachers, whatever it is. But the satisfying thing at the end of all the episodes is you kill the damn vampire. There is a reason that they’re so ugly when they fight. We’re just not supposed to be drawn to them. And he got talked into the character of Angel by his partner David [Greenwalt], and then the character of Angel just took off. And then he had another character of Spike, which wasn’t designed to be romantic, but kind of turned out that way, kind of. And at that point, he’s just like, "Goddamnit, my show is being taken away from me! Thematically, it’s crumbling beneath my feet. So I am going to make sure that I keep Spike in control." So immediately, when he decided not
to kill me off, he put me in a wheelchair. So basically, you can see that Spike gets muzzled from that point on. And I can completely understand why he did that. He’s trying to protect his theme, which is basically a modern day Hamlet, if I can be really self-important about
it. Or Catcher in the Rye.

How do you get between being a kid and being an adult without becoming totally disillusioned and giving up? How do you open your eyes to how messed up the world is without just hiding? So I respected him for protecting that theme, but the interesting thing that happened was that he was writing a show about outsiders - characters that weren’t in the mainstream and who were kind of outcasts. And it called out in the audience to everyone who ever felt like an outcast,
which is basically everybody. But he didn’t realize that he was creating an uber-outcast in Spike. In a gang of outcasts, I was the outcast. And so I don’t think he planned it that way, but I think that partly explains why the character was potent in that way. It’s weird how that can happen, you know?

IGN: You get to a point where you have a sect of fandom who’d like Buffy and Spike to end up together as a happy couple. What did you think about that?

Marsters: I think it’s possible. And I can understand that… I think I played a good love with Sarah [Michelle Gellar]. [Laughs] We did some good scenes together and I think we both understood what the deal was. I think that is definitely possible, although by the time Spike is mature enough for her, I wonder how old she would be. By the time he’s finally ready to be a full on good boyfriend…

IGN: [Laughs] He’ll show up on her doorstep when she’s 90.

Marsters: Yeah, exactly. [speaks in Spike’s British accent] "I’m ready! I’ve finally ready! I’ve figured it out, Buffy! I’m a man. I’m finally a man."

IGN: Fans can’t help but hope to see these characters in live-action again someday. Do you think it’s just too unlikely at this point, or is it a never say never scenario?

Marsters: I think you never want to say never. Joss came to me a few years ago and I’d actually written a story and it almost kinda of happened. But the thing is, Buffy has always been an
uphill battle. It’s always been swimming upstream. And unfortunately, trying to talk people into a Buffy project, especially one that doesn’t include Buffy, is very difficult. But who knows? I told Joss that I would prefer to stop thinking about filming Spike in seven years, because I’m aging and Spike’s not. That’s one of the coolest things about being a vampire, is you don’t age. [Laughs] That’s the cool part. So that’s my only concern is that I’d be talked into something and ruin the character. I don’t want to do that.

IGN: We’d heard there was talk of doing a straight-to-DVD movie or something. Was that the project you and Joss were talking about?

Marsters: Yeah. I had an idea where Spike loses the girl, gets beaten by the monster, but wins anyway… only because he gets a new pair of shoes. He wins! That’s an inside joke, because for like six years, I had the same pair of boots. They wouldn’t give me any new shoes, and I finally couldn’t even fight in them anymore, because the heels were all coming off.

IGN: I’m sure a fan would love to have those!

Marsters: Yeah, I don’t know who got them! Someone got them.

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Becoming Piccolo

James Marsters on how his version of Piccolo will compare to the source material. by Eric Goldman

US,
March 25, 2009 - James Marsters is very familiar to television fans for
his great work in numerous villainous roles – most notably as Spike on
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, along with his work as Brianiac on Smallville
and Captain John Hart on Torchwood. And in a few weeks, Marsters will
be seen on the big screen playing another iconic villain – Piccolo, in
Dragonball: Evolution.

IGN recently caught up with Marsters to
find out what his version of Piccolo is like and how he compares to
what fans of other incarnations of Dragonball are familiar with. As we
learned,
Marsters is quite knowledgeable on the subject...

IGN:
Dragonball is a property that obviously has a huge following. When you
signed on to the film, did you have any idea how large the fandom was?

Marsters:
Oh, I’m one of them, yeah! I’ve seen every episode of Dragon Ball Z,
about two thirds of GT, and about half of Dragon Ball — only because
Dragon Ball, to me anyway, was hard to find. But yeah, I know it very
well. In fact, I have a son who’s now into Jimi Hendrix more than
Dragon Ball — he’s 13. He grew up watching it and it led to many good
conversations, actually, between he and I. We have all of the little
toys, and I always play Piccolo whenever we play
with the action figures.

IGN: So when this part was even a possibility, I would assume both you and your son were excited.

Marsters:
Very much. It was the first role that he cared about at all. And that’s
normal – kids care if you’re there for Christmas. They care if you’re
going to feed them on time. But finally,
I got a role that he really
was like, "Dad, that’s something I want to watch!" I play villains a
lot and I remember one time I was playing a time agent, and I was
telling my son, "Oh, dude. I’ve got swords. I’ve got guns. I’ve got
this wrist strap. I can travel through time." And he goes, "Dad, do you
win?" And I said, "What?" He goes, "Do you win at the end? Do you win
or lose?" I said, "Well, I’m the villain. I lose." He goes, "Well… OK.
Whatever."

IGN: You knew Piccolo very well going in. What is the
take on him like in the film versus what most people know from Dragon
Ball Z and other source material?

Marsters: This character is
nothing like you’re going to recognize from Dragon Ball Z because this
is a story that happens before Dragon Ball Z. In the actual source
material that we were adapting, we were only dealing with Dragon Ball.
In Dragon Ball, Lord Piccolo is a very old, kind of shriveled Namic.
This green guy who has to walk with a walking stick, he’s so old. And
at the very end of the season, when he finally fights little Goku – and
Goku in the manga is only 7 years old – he throws off his coat and it’s
actually kind of surprising he has a body left at all. So, my kind of
template to do this Piccolo was, "Let’s make him as old as possible."
We don’t want to
make him as decrepit as the manga because he is the
only villain for this part of the story of Goku, so we should make him
maybe a little more powerful. But let’s not give the audience the young
Piccolo yet, because in the story, Lord Piccolo comes back to the Earth
to get the Dragonballs to wish himself young and then take over the
Earth. And if we started Piccolo being young, there would be no reason
for him to get the Dragonballs in the first place.

IGN: I’m very
impressed talking to you about your knowledge of the source material.
I’d assume some of your costars might have been a lot more unfamiliar
with it all. Did anyone ever come to
you for some advice?

Marsters:
[Laughs] I think that if any of them didn’t know the source material
going into the project, they certainly started reading it and watching
it to prepare for the shoot because I didn’t really get the sense that
anyone was behind the ball. We didn’t really talk about the plotline in
Dragon Ball Z. There’s enough plotline to be talking about in Dragon
Ball. But I didn’t start talking to them about Vegeta or Bojack and all
of that – or Buu. [Laughs] I just kept my mouth shut about that because
that’s just too complex.

IGN: Fans are always concerned when
there’s an adaptation that it holds true to or respects the source
material. As a fan yourself, can you speak to that?

Marsters:
Well, that’s the thing, man. I think that we have made an artistic risk
because we have decided to be very respectful of the source material. I
think Akira Toriyama – I hope, I haven’t talked to him about it – but I
suspect he would be pleased that we didn’t start this movie with Dragon
Ball Z. That the first shot of our hero is not blond Goku firing a
massive energy blast and wiping a mountain out. That would be very
cool, but that’s not the beginning of the story. The beginning of the
story, for the manga, is a 7 year old kid fighting midgets. He starts
it way more on a smaller level and builds it up. And then by the time
that Goku is that massive guy with the blond hair, then we’re more
invested in him. And so, we have decided not to do Dragon Ball Z, but
to do Dragon Ball.

Instead of having Goku as a 7 year old
fighting midgets, we take him at 17, just on his 18th birthday, so
thematically, we’re in the same ball park, but we get to push it a
little more
towards Z. But still doing justice to this character of
Goku and where he starts. Remember in the first Spider-Man movie,
everyone was like, "Where are all the special effects? Where is all the
big stuff?" And Sam Raimi was like, "We’ve got to start this dude at
the beginning. This is what we’re doing." And I think it would have
been easier money if we would have just blown it out with Dragon Ball Z
right from the beginning. But I don’t think that would have been as
true to the story and to the source material. I’m kind of proud that
we’ve taken the risk in trusting the audience and that they’ll want to
see the beginning of this character. In that way, when he is more
massive, it’ll be way cooler.

So I don’t know, man. People that
only know Dragon Ball Z and only want Dragon Ball Z, they’re going to
have to get used to this. But people that really know the material,
they’re going to be
well pleased.

IGN: You obviously have experience with makeup and prosthetics. How did this experience compare?

Marsters:
Oh, man… The first time we did it, it took 14 hours. It was really
mainly me being really specific about wanting to look older. They got
all the pieces on fairly quickly. I forget how many there were, but
there was something like 10 different pieces that made up the look. But
it was the painting of them, where I kept going, "No, that’s not old
enough! More here, more there." And by the end of it, the makeup artist
was so mad at me, he just hit me. But I didn’t want to be young. I
wanted to be as decrepit as possible. But we got it down to four hours.
We were shooting 12 to 14 hours a day, and then I had another six
[hours] to get in and out. So I had pretty long days.

IGN: Did you do much fight training for the film?

Marsters:
Oh, yeah. There was a point at which I think Jim Wong, the director,
kind of figured out that I was showing off for my girlfriend. Because
every time he asked me to do some kind of insane wirework, I’d be like,
"Oh, yeah. Let’s do it!" And so by the end ofit, we were about at the
last shot and I was just getting kicked in the face, actually, like
about 14 times in a row. And I realized, "I’m not going to get a stunt
man… this is the last day. We’re almost at the end of this. And I’m
doing all my own stunts. This is very cool." Jim just has a very calm
way of taking you one day at a time and making it seem like not such a
deal. Not making you look at the whole mountain, but just take one step
at a time. So yeah, we did train – we trained with the 8711, which is
the fight crew that did 300, did the Bourne films. They do just a whole
lot of good action movies. We went down to their facility here in Los
Angeles for a month before we went to Durango, Mexico and trained
there. Got nice and sore. And then went up to Durango, and Durango was
a 1400 foot elevation. So that was a whole new level of getting fit. I
passed out, dude. The first day we were training, they were running me
pretty hard because we’d done well in L.A. and I just toppled right
over. Just saw stars and was out. But after about 10 days, you
acclimatize and your hemoglobin gets higher and you can wake back up

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James Marsters - "Dragon Ball : Evolution" Movie - Ifmagazine.com Interview

Asked if he’s going through the
space phase of his career, James Marsters laughs. “Yes, I’m pining for
a vacuum !” He isn’t really, but the actor – who played Spike the
vampire on six seasons of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE, then moved to its spinoff
ANGEL – is on a run of extraterrestrial subject matter. He costars the
villainous alien Lord Piccolo in the 20th Century Fox release
DRAGONBALL : EVOLUTION, which opens in theatres this Friday, plays
real-life astronaut Buzz Aldrin in MOONSHOT, which will air on the
History Channel this summer, and essays a cowboy battling marauders
from outer space in the upcoming SyFy Channel telefilm HIGH PLAINS
INVADERS not to mention his return stint last year on SMALLVILLE as
malevolent Kryptonian artificial intelligence Brainiac and a guest
voice on Cartoon Network’s STAR WARS : CLONE WARS series.
Marsters spoke with iF about his latest alien activity in the first of
a two-part exclusive interview.

JAMES MARSTERS : I tend to not really say, ‘I want to
stop doing sci-fi now’ or ‘I want to do a space character now.’ I just
always say, ‘I want a good script,’ and whatever comes across that I
feel moves me and makes me excited, and gives me ideas that I want to
contribute, then that’s the way I go.

iF MAGAZINE : You’ve said elsewhere you were a fan of the DRAGONBALL anime and manga comics before the film ever came along …

MARSTERS : I was. I’ve got a son who is thirteen now,
and he started pressuring me to buy DRAGONBALL DVDs at Toys ‘R Us and
I’m very glad. It led to a lot of very good conversations between him
and me, [when he was] growing up. And I’ve come to really enjoy the
character of Goku [the hero played in the film by Justin Chatwin] as a
teaching tool, because he’s a really good role model, in that he is
goofy, he’s meek, he’s humble and, above all, peaceful. But if you
attack his family, you’ll get hurt. And I think that’s an adult, that’s
a good, peaceful, mature person. And it’s certainly a contrast with
some of the other quote-unquote heroes that I’ve seen who tend to strut
around and quip and carry large guns. I don’t see that as a good
template for manhood or womanhood. But I see Goku as a really
refreshing role model.

iF : Well, Goku’s violence is arguably appropriate to the situation …

MARSTERS : Well, that’s another thing that I like about
DRAGONBALL, is the other lesson that it’s teaching, that if someone
forces you to fight, if you try to find other avenues, but there are
none left and you have to stand and fight, to protect yourself or your
loved ones, it is okay to be angry. It is okay to draw blood. It is
okay to beat someone down to a pulp if you have no choice. I think that
also needs to be said. And that’s why I think that there’s a message
behind the violence. Akira Toriyama is an artist. He’s the gentleman
who developed DRAGONBALL, drew it all, wrote it all. Another really
good theme in this project is the unimportance of race. In the
DRAGONBALL anime, you get the feeling that it might be Japan, it might
be Korea, it could be San Francisco. You don’t really know. But it’s a
future idealized world where all the races are intermingled. There are
all sorts of ethnicities walking around the sidewalks, dating each
other, marrying, and no one even notices. To the point where [in the
anime] the President of Earth is a dog. I think that’s a very charming
way of screaming from the mountaintops that race is not important. So,
yes, it’s a fun ride, yeah, it’s action-filled, but there’s a reason
for everything and there’s a reason for the violence.

iF : What appeals to you about your character, Lord Piccolo ?

MARSTERS : What I love about Piccolo is that he’s not a
nice person, he’s not trying to make friends, but he’ll never let you
down, because he’s living up to his own code. And I always thought that
he was a really wonderful character because of that, and just to take
that character and say, ‘Well, what would make me so angry that I’d
want to destroy every human being on Earth ?’ To know that everybody
has buttons, everybody could do something to anybody if they get that
mad. What happened to him ?

iF : You play Piccolo in green prosthetics makeup …

MARSTERS : [laughs] You know, the first time we did the
makeup, it took fourteen hours. It was nobody’s fault but my own,
because I was really married to the idea that my character should be
old and decrepit and ugly. I told them, ‘When my girlfriend comes to
Durango, I want her to run for the hills.’ In the manga and in the
anime, Piccolo is so old that he uses a walking stick, and it’s only at
the end of the season of DRAGONBALL that he throws off the cloak and
you see he’s all cut [muscular] and then he starts to fight and it’s a
big surprise. We don’t do the fake-out. We just reveal him from the
first shot as being powerful. But other than that, it’s kind of the
same. [During the initial makeup process], I kept saying, ‘Uglier,
uglier, more lines, more age, more this …’ And finally after fourteen
hours, the makeup artist just slapped me upside the head and said, ‘I’m
done ! Go to set.’ That was it. But then we got Edward French to come
in and do the makeup, and he got it down to four hours and I shut up
and let him do his job.

iF : How is DRAGONBALL : EVOLUTION director James Wong to work with ?

MARSTERS : He is very good. He’s very calm. On a movie
like this, you’d expect the director to be a maniac. But I think the
only way to direct something that has so many elements and so much
energy is to be the still center of it. So I have an image of James
Wong with a fiery inferno behind him and he’s just standing there very
calmly and he welcomes me to set. Everyone’s screaming. He says,
‘James, no big deal, we’re just going to put you on a wire and we’re
going to fly you up about a hundred feet and we’re going to drop you,
free-fall, but we’ll catch you about six inches before you hit, so make
your face doesn’t hit. Let’s go.’ He’s asking me to do the most insane
thing I’ve ever done in my life as far as stunts, but he’s making it
seem like it’s not a big deal. I think that James would also make a
good con man, because he can talk you into anything. You’ve finished
what he wants you to do before you really question whether you
should’ve tried. It was the last day and Justin was kicking me in the
face repeatedly for a close-up [laughs]. They only kick you in the face
on the last day. And I realized [the wire stunt] was the last shot, and
that a stuntman wasn’t going to be used. I think if James would’ve told
me that I would be shooting DRAGONBALL with no stuntman as Piccolo, I
might’ve run away. So he didn’t tell me, he just took it one step at a
time.

iF : James Wong was one of the executive producers on
the X-FILES spin-off TV series MILLENNIUM, in which you guest-starred
as a traumatized war veteran. Did the two of you cross paths at that
time ?

MARSTERS : Unfortunately, no. I was only in for one
episode, and he didn’t direct that one. But he was certainly one of the
forces behind that show. What an interesting show. No, I met James
poolside and I screamed at him [does Piccolo voice], ‘I will destroy
you !’ And luckily, he liked it.

iF : Er, you threatened him to get the role ?

MARSTERS : [laughs] No, no, that was the audition ! ‘I
will destroy you !’ But the audition was easy, because I just felt like
I was playing action figures with my son again. I always played Piccolo
when we played action figures, so it was right up my alley.

iF : So you had a lot of home rehearsal for this.

MARSTERS : Oh, yeah. Hours and hours. And if anyone
doubts how cool these characters are, start playing action figures. If
you take up Goku and Piccolo and you pit them against Wolverine, who
wins ? I’m sorry, but Wolverine doesn’t stand a chance. These
[DRAGONBALL] characters are so powerful, so cool and so visually
interesting. I’m very excited about introducing DRAGONBALL to people
who have not seen the anime, who are not familiar with the manga. There
are frankly a lot of people who’ve never met Goku and we’re going to
help with that.

James Marsters talks more DRAGONBALL : EVOLUTION, plus
HIGH PLAINS INVADERS, MOONSHOT and the inevitable
will-there-ever-be-any-more-Spike question.
iF : What age group do you feel DRAGONBALL : EVOLUTION is aimed at ?

MARSTERS : Well, just like the anime, I think we are
counting on the audience growing up with us. So just as the HARRY
POTTER films started [geared] toward a more youthful [audience] and
then have grown up as the story progresses, so are we going to become
more and more mature as we go. If you look at DRAGONBALL, the anime, it
is targeted to younger kids. It’s mostly played for comedy, with some
safe, smaller doses of violence. And then DRAGONBALL Z skews more
toward the action, still with some comedy. So this is a very
family-friendly film and I think that I would be comfortable taking a
seven-year-old to see this picture. I think even some five-year-olds
would enjoy it very much. Because underneath it is love and
understanding and peace. I think that as long as the hand underneath it
has love, then the exciting and the scary parts seem to fit together
into something that’s not terrorizing. But at the same time, I love
DRAGONBALL. I love DRAGONBALL Z. I love DRAGONBALL GT. So I would say
seven to seventy-five.

iF : Your voice is digitally altered in the film.

MARSTERS : They lowered it by half a pitch. I was
pretty low going in, but they wanted it to rumble just a little bit
more. And I think that’s fine for where we are now, for how the script
was written. Piccolo does not have a whole lot of screen time, so that
when he’s on, he’s got to impact heavily. What I’m happy about is, they
didn’t have to lower it so much that it takes away all the inflections
I was doing. The things I was trying to do with the lines are still
there, it’s just a bit lower. I’m really hoping that I can do vocal
training so they don’t have to [digitally] lower it for the second one,
so when the character becomes his younger self, he doesn’t have to have
that mountain rumbling.

iF : Do they know they’re going to make a second one, or are they seeing how well it does ?

MARSTERS : I think they’re good business people who are
going to wait until they see the return on this film before they pull
the trigger on the second, but they have signed all the cast to
multiple pictures. I’m signed up for three. I hope there are five or
seven of them.

iF : Have you been to Asia to promote DRAGONBALL : EVOLUTION ?

MARSTERS : I went to Korea, I went to Thailand and I went to Japan. They were very gracious.

iF : Is everybody still interested in BUFFY ?

MARSTERS : Yes, very much. [People] still want to know
if there is going to be another project. People still want to know if
there was any dirt on the set [laughs]. Stuff like that. My answer is,
‘If Sarah Michelle Gellar [who played Buffy] wants to do a sequel, I’ll
stand by her side any day, and yes, there was dirt on the set, but
you’re not going to get it out of me.’ [laughs]

iF : Would you still be up for a series or a telefilm with Spike ?

MARSTERS : I think if we did that, we’d have to do some
camera tests or some lighting tests, because Spike doesn’t age, and I
have [laughs].

iF : Could you say getting the soul aged him ?

MARSTERS : Well, yeah, or you could say he’s drinking
pigs’ blood, so he’s aging slowly, but I always thought that one of the
cool things about being a vampire is that you’re immortal, and if you
take that away, it’s not quite so cool. The good news is, I never got
any fill light [on BUFFY]. Sarah got all the fill light and I got the
slant, shadow light, because they wanted me to be villainous, and
that’s cool, but I wonder if they actually put me in that costume and
actually gave me some fill, it might actually look about the same. But
we’d have to test that, because I don’t want Spike to age.

iF : Are there any similarities between Spike and Piccolo ?

MARSTERS : Piccolo is less tortured than Spike. Piccolo
is asexual. Spike was always kind of confident, except for his love
life. It mixed him up a little bit. But Piccolo just does not have that
side. So there are some of the same colors as the darker aspects of
Spike, enjoying hurting people, being really angry, stuff like that,
but just taking all the sex out of it.

iF : With HIGH PLAINS INVADERS, were you attracted to it by the script ?

MARSTERS : Yeah. The SciFi Channel has been sending me
scripts for a number of years, and this was the first one where I
really liked the ride. There are no hitches, it had a good propulsion
to it – a simple story but good secondary characters and a good romance
in the middle of it. It occurred to me that there’s a problem with
Western films, which is that you have to have certain elements, or
people don’t believe it as a Western film. You have to have the kindly
store owner. You have to have the repentant train robber, or you have
to have the drunken sheriff. There are certain notes you have to hit in
Westerns. And if you don’t hit those notes, it’s not a Western, but
what that forces Hollywood to do is keep making the same film over and
over and over again. So the big question of Hollywood is, how do you
make a Western, but find that little switch, that little twist that you
can give it to freshen up the genre ? Clint Eastwood did it [with
UNFORGIVEN]by making his hero evil. He was trying to be forgiven and
couldn’t be. There are lots of really wonderful Westerns that just find
something to turn on its head. And it occurred to me, ‘Hey ! We’re
adding aliens ! So we can still hit all the notes and be a real
Western, but we have our little flip.’

iF : Had you thought as a kid, or at any point in your career, ‘Gosh, I’d like to be a cowboy’ ?

MARSTERS : Of course. Of course. Although I usually
wanted to be the Indian. I always thought they were a little cooler
[laughs].

iF : And you play real-life astronaut Buzz Aldrin in
MOONSHOT. You’d previously played real-life thief Bobby Comfort in the
USA TV movie COOL MONEY and serial killer Ted Bundy in the Lifetime TV
movie THE CAPTURE OF THE GREEN RIVER KILLER.

MARSTERS : Yeah, [as Bundy] I played the execution
scene. That was easier than the other scene [where Bundy is talking
about the joys of killing].

iF : Is Aldrin the first time you’ve played a real person who’s still among the living ?

MARSTERS : For film, not for stage. Playing Buzz Aldrin
was just fabulous. For my money, he was the most interesting of the
three who went to the moon the first time in Apollo 11. He saved the
NASA program, both with his ideas about how to operate in zero gravity
for the extra-vehicular activity, the EVA – he saved the program by
fixing the EVA, and he saved the program by figuring out how to
rendezvous between the Lem and the Orbiter, because unless you could
link back up, you were dead. He figured out all this stuff the
scientists couldn’t figure out.

iF : Anything else you’d like to say ?

MARSTERS : Just that we have worked really hard to give
the world the version of DRAGONBALL that we responded to when we first
saw the anime or when we first read the manga. I know that everyone has
their own individual response to this material, but just know that
DRAGONBALL : EVOLUTION is our best attempt at being true to the
original.

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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Ven 10 Avr 2009, 16:21

Oui, moi aussi je veux revoir comment il serait en Spike maintenant ! sourire

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MessageSujet: Re: James Marsters   Lun 18 Mai 2009, 15:03

Citation :
James Marsters - "Angel : After The Fall" Comic Book - Mtv.com Interview

Though
its been off the airwaves for years (and this is back when TV had
airwaves), the Buffyverse lives on today in comic book form. James
Marsters, the “Dragonball Evolution” actor who played vampire
villain-turned-hero Spike in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,”
recently shared some thoughts with with MTV News about his experience
working with “Buffy” comics and how he tries to keep up with his
vampiric alter ego.

“I like what I see,” Marsters told MTV News of IDW’s “Angel” series.

With ongoing “Buffy” and “Angel” comics currently
published by two separate companies (Dark Horse and IDW, respectively),
the character of Spike is, at the moment, making all his appearances in
the latter. But when both series were still on the air, Dark Horse
controlled the complete Buffyverse and actually hired Marsters to pen
his own comic book minseries, “Spike and Dru,” an experience that the
actor confessed wasn’t one of his favorite memories.

“I thought that if I wrote a comic, I’d have ultimate
power over everything,” said Marsters. “It was a rude awakening to find
out how little power writers have.”

The real bone of contention was with Dark Horse’s
choice of artist Keith Barnett, who drew everything in a dark, gothic
style that, while he liked the art, Marsters insists just wasn’t right
for his story.

“[He] drew it in a real Goth style that made [Spike and
Dru] both look feral and ugly,” explained Marsters. “I thought that was
kind of cool for me, but Juliette Landau didn’t write this and didn’t
want her character drawn like a hideous beast… This is a twisted
romance. This is not a gothic thing. And in romance, the leads have to
be romantic. They have to be characters that the audience wants to
kiss.”

Though he complained to Dark Horse, it was too late to
make any changes and Marsters was left with a comic that he’s not
entirely proud of. On the flipside, though, he takes some glee in the
fact that, afterwards, all of Dark Horse’s Spike appearances were, in
his mind, overly handsome.

“Every time they do a comic,” he laughs, “they’re probably worried, ‘That James Marsters, he’s going to give us a call.’”

What do you think of the current “Buffy” and “Angel”
series ? Should Marsters reconsider and try his hand at writing again ?
Share your thoughts below !

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