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The James Marsters Interview

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"I Almost Punched The Preacher, Man."

JM: No. No,. I wanted to, but I was always poor. My family, Marsters, is in The Book Of Domesday. We were part of the original Saxon invasion -- 1056, I think. Yeah, and we were recorded -- we were the masters of something, and we were given a lot of land, right after Norman The Conqueror's invasion. Norman gave us a bunch of land and titles, and made us lords of our dominion. [both laugh]

CB: Nice! Well, the reason I ask is that I'm sure you've heard a million times that you did a great job with your accent as Spike. I think I read -- was it originally supposed to be a Creole accent?

JM: No, it was supposed to be...it was originally supposed to be English, and then as a lark, they said, well, can you do any other accents? And I was like, yeah, well, what do you want, basically. They said, well, can you do southern, and I did it in an old N'Awleans fifty-year-old white man, like, white people don't talk this way. ["This bit is in that accent, which is awesome." -- CB] And that kinda was cool, but ultimately I don't think it was as inherently violent, or at least to the stereotypes we have.

CB: So did it come naturally to you, doing the English thing?

JM: It's just kinda funny, I was talking with a theater friend about this and we were laughing, 'cause in the theater world it's just totally not a big deal to be able to do a bunch of accents. Anything you could be hired for. And basically, I do all the white-guy accents. Like I don't really do Korean that well, but anything I could make money off of -- Russian, French, Norwegian, South African -- you have at least an auditionable one in your pocket, and if you get the role, you get it better. And Spike was not that great starting out, man. Spike went Southern a couple of times, totally.

CB: Did playing that character with the accent get you a lot of notice in England?

JM: Um, yeah. They just thought I was English. They were like [in English accent], "Rock on!" Digging me in England.

CB: So when you meet English people and you talk like yourself...

JM: They always go [English accent], "Talk in your sexy British accent!" And I'm like, what's wrong with the American accent? Isn't it sexy? And they're like [English accent], "No. Not really."

CB: Heh. I lived in England for a couple years, and I know what that's like. Spike had a real punk vibe -- I think the Sex Pistols was a pretty apt comparison. Were the punk music and ethos things you were into before?

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Mondo Extra
The James Marsters Interview

Episode Report Card
Grade It Now!
YOU GRADE IT
"I Almost Punched The Preacher, Man."

JM: No. No,. I wanted to, but I was always poor. My family, Marsters, is in The Book Of Domesday. We were part of the original Saxon invasion -- 1056, I think. Yeah, and we were recorded -- we were the masters of something, and we were given a lot of land, right after Norman The Conqueror's invasion. Norman gave us a bunch of land and titles, and made us lords of our dominion. [both laugh]

CB: Nice! Well, the reason I ask is that I'm sure you've heard a million times that you did a great job with your accent as Spike. I think I read -- was it originally supposed to be a Creole accent?

JM: No, it was supposed to be...it was originally supposed to be English, and then as a lark, they said, well, can you do any other accents? And I was like, yeah, well, what do you want, basically. They said, well, can you do southern, and I did it in an old N'Awleans fifty-year-old white man, like, white people don't talk this way. ["This bit is in that accent, which is awesome." -- CB] And that kinda was cool, but ultimately I don't think it was as inherently violent, or at least to the stereotypes we have.

CB: So did it come naturally to you, doing the English thing?

JM: It's just kinda funny, I was talking with a theater friend about this and we were laughing, 'cause in the theater world it's just totally not a big deal to be able to do a bunch of accents. Anything you could be hired for. And basically, I do all the white-guy accents. Like I don't really do Korean that well, but anything I could make money off of -- Russian, French, Norwegian, South African -- you have at least an auditionable one in your pocket, and if you get the role, you get it better. And Spike was not that great starting out, man. Spike went Southern a couple of times, totally.

CB: Did playing that character with the accent get you a lot of notice in England?

JM: Um, yeah. They just thought I was English. They were like [in English accent], "Rock on!" Digging me in England.

CB: So when you meet English people and you talk like yourself...

JM: They always go [English accent], "Talk in your sexy British accent!" And I'm like, what's wrong with the American accent? Isn't it sexy? And they're like [English accent], "No. Not really."

CB: Heh. I lived in England for a couple years, and I know what that's like. Spike had a real punk vibe -- I think the Sex Pistols was a pretty apt comparison. Were the punk music and ethos things you were into before?

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