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The James Marsters Interview

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JM: Totally, yeah. I grew up...in high school, I graduated in '80, so I remember when the Sex Pistols' "Never Mind The Bollocks" came out, that was...my junior and senior year, The Clash came out with like four albums, and one of them was the double ["'London Calling'" -- CB], it was just a great time. Patti Smith was rocking. We went to the Cow Palace, man, and saw The Clash, and we snuck in some tequila, and like, the Cow Palace doubles as a basketball court or whatever, so they put out a trampoline wooden thing over it to protect it, but we all, like, pogoed. The Dead Kennedys were there -- I'd like kind of passed out. I took a bunch of No-Doz, but they didn't kick in, and so I kinda passed out, and I remember trying to stay up for the Dead Kennedys but just not really being able to, but finally I heard "AND NOW, THE CLASH!" And all my senses popped on -- I was like seventeen years old, and I fought my way right down the center of the pogo line, and by the way, we ruined the Cow Palace. They didn't allow any more rock concerts in there for like twenty-five years, 'cause we ruined the floor with pogo-ing. It was just that dance style where you jump up and down. But right down the center of the floor -- basically, it was the left against the right just smashing up against the center, and I went right up the center and threw my tequila bottle up onstage! And Joe Strummer was like, "ONE! TWO! What the fuck?" [both laugh] And he picks up the little tequila bottle and goes, who the fuck threw this? And I kind of raise my little hand, and he goes, "Thank you!" And he takes a swig and they all pass it around, and finish the bottle, so at that point, I think I'm friends with the band! So I try to get backstage, take like three steps backstage and get thrown out. But I talked my way back in. It was good. So yeah, punk was good.

CB: I see you list "Once More, With Feeling" as your favorite Buffy episode. Was that partially because you got to meld your acting and music abilities?

JM: No, it's mainly because as a company, mainly the actors but I'm sure the cinematographers as well, everybody was just terrified, because of the extra needs of doing a musical. All the more tracking shots, the more items, the stuff people have to come up with. And the actors, really, they didn't sign on to be musical actors. Tony Head and I were already singers, so we were like, "Right on!" It's fun, and it was just a walk in the park for us. But everybody else, they were like...well, you know, you might be the best dramatic actor around, but you might not be a comedic actor. And if suddenly you're on this great drama and it suddenly decides to be a comedy one episode, you might go, you know, I didn't sign on for this. I'm gonna be made a fool of. And if they say, suddenly it's a musical, and you didn't audition for a musical, suddenly you know, it's like, there's enough egg gonna fly around here that it's gonna catch me right upside the head. Like, all the other actors went through this. They bore down and learned their parts, you know, dance parts and singing parts, and came up with the goods.

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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: Totally, yeah. I grew up...in high school, I graduated in '80, so I remember when the Sex Pistols' "Never Mind The Bollocks" came out, that was...my junior and senior year, The Clash came out with like four albums, and one of them was the double ["'London Calling'" -- CB], it was just a great time. Patti Smith was rocking. We went to the Cow Palace, man, and saw The Clash, and we snuck in some tequila, and like, the Cow Palace doubles as a basketball court or whatever, so they put out a trampoline wooden thing over it to protect it, but we all, like, pogoed. The Dead Kennedys were there -- I'd like kind of passed out. I took a bunch of No-Doz, but they didn't kick in, and so I kinda passed out, and I remember trying to stay up for the Dead Kennedys but just not really being able to, but finally I heard "AND NOW, THE CLASH!" And all my senses popped on -- I was like seventeen years old, and I fought my way right down the center of the pogo line, and by the way, we ruined the Cow Palace. They didn't allow any more rock concerts in there for like twenty-five years, 'cause we ruined the floor with pogo-ing. It was just that dance style where you jump up and down. But right down the center of the floor -- basically, it was the left against the right just smashing up against the center, and I went right up the center and threw my tequila bottle up onstage! And Joe Strummer was like, "ONE! TWO! What the fuck?" [both laugh] And he picks up the little tequila bottle and goes, who the fuck threw this? And I kind of raise my little hand, and he goes, "Thank you!" And he takes a swig and they all pass it around, and finish the bottle, so at that point, I think I'm friends with the band! So I try to get backstage, take like three steps backstage and get thrown out. But I talked my way back in. It was good. So yeah, punk was good.

CB: I see you list "Once More, With Feeling" as your favorite Buffy episode. Was that partially because you got to meld your acting and music abilities?

JM: No, it's mainly because as a company, mainly the actors but I'm sure the cinematographers as well, everybody was just terrified, because of the extra needs of doing a musical. All the more tracking shots, the more items, the stuff people have to come up with. And the actors, really, they didn't sign on to be musical actors. Tony Head and I were already singers, so we were like, "Right on!" It's fun, and it was just a walk in the park for us. But everybody else, they were like...well, you know, you might be the best dramatic actor around, but you might not be a comedic actor. And if suddenly you're on this great drama and it suddenly decides to be a comedy one episode, you might go, you know, I didn't sign on for this. I'm gonna be made a fool of. And if they say, suddenly it's a musical, and you didn't audition for a musical, suddenly you know, it's like, there's enough egg gonna fly around here that it's gonna catch me right upside the head. Like, all the other actors went through this. They bore down and learned their parts, you know, dance parts and singing parts, and came up with the goods.

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