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This Group is for fans of James Marsters. He is the best at playing Spike. He is a brilliant actor and should be more recognized.

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James Marsters and GoTR - Music

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Started by cil domney Nov 8, 2015.

James Marsters - TEXT - Articles - Interviews - Q&A 3 Replies

PLEASE post any items of information about James Marsters here - Not necessary that articles, etc. be full you can post excerpted material as well as completed items.  …Continue

Started by cil domney. Last reply by cil domney Jun 29, 2015.

James' Audio Works 32 Replies

I just got my hands on a copy of "She Stoops to Conquer," an older audiobook James worked on for LA TheatreWorks. It's definitely worth a listen. :)If you're interested in hearing it, I found a few…Continue

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Patricia/Jasmin Marsters 3 Replies

Here we are: a new place to talk about James' wife, Patricia. She's now going by the professional name Jasmin Marsters, and has a FB page and a Twitter page. Links are below.…Continue

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Comment by Isis Nocturne on June 29, 2016 at 7:34pm

It wouldn't surprise me if the band is ending, but James also just started using his Instagram account to promote some video podcast about gaming, I think... Who knows what's going on with that.

Comment by Stoney on June 29, 2016 at 2:02pm

Ghost of the Robot have got an odd half hour with Stage It up for this coming Sunday.  Don't think JM is involved from the description but thought I'd put it up here anyway.  It sounds like they may be announcing a change within the band, perhaps JM is pulling out of it or maybe even that it is an anticipated end of GotR (odd phrase to use 'wind down') and this could be about new projects too??  No real idea, just speculating.

Show Description:
Sullivan & Charlie have some very special announcements and will be participating in a live Q&A and maybe, just maybe, performing an acoustic jam tune or two for your enjoyment... As we wind down, this, is likely our last performance offering on Stageit, so dump those tips on us so they don't go to waste and they'll all go toward making our new records!

https://www.stageit.com/ghost_of_the_robot/full_of_bull_surprises/5...

Comment by cil domney on November 13, 2015 at 2:23am

James Marsters and GoTR sure made a BIG amount of money from their first efforts with Mad Brilliant - he has always had a lot of support from his fans.  Wonder how the first sales compare to the current numbers.  

Comment by cil domney on November 13, 2015 at 2:17am

Part 5

Yeah, Grey’s Anatomy! They called me in to talk to me last year, so I went down to the Television Academy and watched five episodes, and that was so great. I would love to do that show. I think that show has a wit and a sparkle that just bubbles from underneath. I’d love to do House. I think everybody would like to do House right now.

 

Is your band Ghost of the Robot still together?

No, you know, we just got a little tiny bit famous. But some of the people…were probably too young for that experience.

 

What was your sound?

The thing I loved about that band is that we had a sound that I hadn’t heard before. We had a pop-rock sound [that] was kind of like Jimmy Eat World but with more complex chord progressions. So the band broke up while we were recording our second album. We did very well. We sold like 60,000 copies of the first album, we toured all around the world, sold out everywhere we went.

 

Who were you guys signed with?

We weren’t signed with anybody — we sold all of our records over the Internet and kept all of that money, which is nice. There were a couple of record companies that came to us, but the kind of contracts they were putting in front of us were just ridiculous. So I went solo after that. And it was just me and my guitar going out on the road, which was very scary in the beginning. I just got back [from] playing Jersey and Wales. I’ve toured all through England, and I’m working on another album right now. I’ve got 20 songs [that] I’m paring down to 12.

 

So, for the short-term: What are you doing for your birthday?

I’m shooting a fabulous TV show called Without a Trace. [Laughs] I’m going to try and save the world from horrible people, and I’m going to draw my gun manfully.

 

Hopefully you’ll get a cake, at least.

I hope not. It’s so funny when they do the cake thing on the set because they don’t have time for cake. The EP doesn’t get a cake on his birthday.

 

Comment by cil domney on November 13, 2015 at 2:16am

part 4

Marsters on why he thinks Joss Whedon ”never really got into” Spike — and the cast he McDreams about joining

There have been rumors about a Spike spin-off. What can you tell us about that?

Joss came to me as Angel was coming down and asked me if I would be interested in that, and I said, ”Heck yeah, I’d love to work with you anytime, call me — I’ll come across the Earth for you.” But to do Spike, let’s do him [before] seven years [go by], because otherwise, I’m going to get too old and vampires don’t age. Frankly, I think I’m looking a little better than I thought I would, and with a decent screen test we could find out if it was still possible. It has to be believable.

 

[But] I don’t think the character of Spike really sparked Joss’ imagination. I think that he was designed to be a throwaway character that got popular with the fans. Personally, he never really got into him. Every character on the show was a version of Joss, but Joss didn’t see Spike that way. Spike was the other guy. He was the guy who might mess up the show, actually, because vampires are supposed to be ugly and hated.

 

What about Angel?

Angel was an exception too, but Angel wasn’t Joss’ idea and I think by the time I came on, he was afraid that these good-looking vampires were going to take over the theme. So whenever Joss would write an episode, Spike would have, like, five lines. [Laughs] That’s fine. I mean, the man gave me a job and he’s a great guy and everything. What Joss has said is that he’s done with television.

 

Any chance he’d take any of the Buffy characters to the big screen?

I think the only thing he wants to take to the big screen would be Buffy herself, and I don’t think Sarah [Michelle Gellar] is interested. But you know, I can’t talk for her. As far as Spike, there was some interest about a year and a half ago, but it fell apart right away.

 

So what’s after Without a Trace — is there anything else you’d like to be in?

What’s the show that my good friend, Marti Noxon, who used to head up Buffy, is heading up this year? Oh God, it’s such a popular show. You know, with Dr. Dreamy…

 

Grey’s Anatomy? 

Comment by cil domney on November 13, 2015 at 2:16am

part 3

I haven’t actually seen the episode, to tell you the truth.

I played a character named Dudley, man. And if you’re in a cop show and your name is Dudley, you have one episode. You can’t count on more than that.

 

You also have a role in Richard LaGravenese’s P.S., I Love You, with Gerard Butler and Hillary Swank.

Yeah, Hilary… Again — outclassed, man. Hilary is…just no filter at all. She really is that nice. I play the best friend of Hilary’s husband [Butler], who dies of cancer but finds a way to help his wife get through the mourning process even though he’s dead. Not a large role, but a nice little role, actually. And the entire cast was just outrageous.

 

Anyone stand out?

Kathy Bates. Really fabulous and so incredibly good it makes me nervous. [They] were filming…a very emotional scene for like 11 hours, and then they finally turned around to us and it was 2 o’clock in the morning. Kathy is sick — she’s got like a fever — and she turns around to us and goes, ”Okay, guys, this is what separates the men from the boys… You ready?? She said it like a drill sergeant. I was in heaven because that’s what I’ve been saying to younger actors for years. When times get tough, I go, ”All right, we’re going to find out who can act — ready?” I [thought], ”I’ll follow you to the end of the Earth.” And she liked my videogame when I let her play my PSP. It was a car race game, Need for Speed. She has a quality that all of my favorite people have: There is a child still left in her and it’s very well protected by an adult in her as well. You wouldn’t want to mess with her at all. But there’s something about her that can have fun very easily, and that’s just gold.

 

What are you watching on TV right now?

I like the Science Channel, the Discovery Channel, I like Discovery Times, which is a fabulous hybrid of the New York Times and Discovery Channel. Maybe I’m just an old man, but I like to watch that stuff. I think truth is weirder than fiction. As far as fiction, not so much, which is really ridiculous because that’s what I’m trying to make my money in.

 

Well, you have to have a reprieve from what’s going on in your career.

Yeah, but my manager gets really frustrated sometimes.

Comment by cil domney on November 13, 2015 at 2:15am

part 2

[Laughs] Right on.

 

So I wanted to talk to you about life and things that are going on in your career, specifically Without a Trace. How’d that come about?

It was an audition like many others. Interestingly, I met Nick Brendon [who played Xander on Buffy] in the waiting room for the audition and we caught up. I’m sure he was both happy and not happy that I got the role. There’s been 100 roles that I’ve auditioned for that I didn’t get, but I didn’t see Nick. The one that I meet Nick on, I beat him out of the role. So I think he’s probably in the process of forgiving me for that.

 

What’s your character like?

I play Detective Mars. He’s from Baltimore and he has been working on a case for a good while and hasn’t been able to crack it. The FBI in New York [on] that same case call him in to help. And then, in dramatic fashion, they stumble into something bigger than they expected.

 

You’ve been pretty busy since Buffy. What have these various experiences been like?

It was a love fest over on [TNT’s Holly Hunter series] Saving Grace — I walked into a Woodstock. Everyone was coming off of having filmed a fabulous pilot and being very proud of that and really loving the experience. You have to check when they’re on episode 20, see how they’re doing, if they’re still feeling the love. I’ve had some difficult ends of seasons for sure. I was in luck, I got on [for the] first episode.

 

What was the cast like?

I was totally outclassed by Holly Hunter. I have gotten used to being one of the older actors in a young cast. [She’s] probably younger than I am, but just better. [Laughs] So effortlessly herself. I hopefully took some notes. That was a rude eye-opening but also a wonderful thing, you know: ”Keep walking, brother, you’re not quite there yet.”

 

Any chance you’ll be back?

Well, [my character] killed somebody, so unless…

Comment by cil domney on November 13, 2015 at 2:15am

Checking in with James Marsters

The ''Buffy'' alum talks about his upcoming arc on ''Without a Trace,'' acting alongside Oscar winners Hilary Swank and Kathy Bates, and if we'll ever see him as Spike again

BY VANESSA JUAREZ

(James Marsters: Steve Ross / Capital Pictures / Retna)

Posted August 27 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT

James Marsters has a theory about showbiz: ”I keep meeting people that are really, really good and they keep being really cool. If you can’t get along with people, is it possible to get up to the top echelons?” In other words, if you’re socially inept, you ain’t getting anywhere in Hollywood. And Marsters, who’s best known for playing the immortal Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel, should be in the know, considering he’s been getting around quite a bit himself lately: The 45-year-old has a five-episode arc on Without a Trace coming up, a role in Richard LaGravenese’s dramedy P.S. I Love You (out Dec. 21), and a new solo record he’s working on. We caught up with Marsters to talk about those projects — and to ask if there’s any chance he’d revisit the bleached-blond look to play Spike again.

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How are you? I hear it’s your birthday.

JAMES MARSTERS: You want to sing me a song? Just kidding.

 

You want to sing me a song? Mine was yesterday.

Well… [Sings] Happy birthday to you… Happy birthday to you… Happy birthday, Vanessa… Happy birthday to you. Okay, my turn.

 

[Singing] Happy Birthday to you… Happy Birthday to you… Happy Birthday, deaaaar…

James.

 

…Jaaaaames. I couldn’t decide on whether to go with your last name or not. 

Comment by cil domney on November 13, 2015 at 2:14am

Here is the EW interview - some nice comments about working on P.S. I Love You and Without A Trace.  Again, he has some info on Spike and Joss Whedon that don't, IMO, coincide with Joss Whedon's comments about the character of Spike.  Joss Whedon may not have planned or liked how popular Spike was with the viewers but I think he easily understood that James Marsters brought a great performance value and big potential into the series.

Comment by cil domney on November 13, 2015 at 1:58am

Terrible news for him - it was a big opportunity for him to be associated with an such a prestigious network - He just can seem to get a break on any of his TV projects.  I was looking forward to seeing him on a first class series. 

But really I am not at all surprised because if they were going to go with the series I think it would have been announced already.  

I just finished watching his appearance on Saving Grace from way back in 2007 - a small part only two scenes - I was looking through the EW interviews on Google and ran across some on JM on Without A Trace and he mentioned what a great actress Holly Hunter is and a little about his role on her new series.  

Here is the EW interview - Makes me sad for him because I think he is such a good actor but somehow he never has had another role of the Spike caliber.  He met up with Nicholas Brendon who was auditioning for the same role.  

Exerpt from Saving Grace section:

I haven’t actually seen the episode, to tell you the truth.

I played a character named Dudley, man. And if you’re in a cop show and your name is Dudley, you have one episode. You can’t count on more than that.

It was a love fest over on [TNT’s Holly Hunter series] Saving Grace — I walked into a Woodstock. Everyone was coming off of having filmed a fabulous pilot and being very proud of that and really loving the experience. You have to check when they’re on episode 20, see how they’re doing, if they’re still feeling the love. I’ve had some difficult ends of seasons for sure. I was in luck, I got on [for the] first episode.

 

What was the cast like?

I was totally outclassed by Holly Hunter. I have gotten used to being one of the older actors in a young cast. [She’s] probably younger than I am, but just better. [Laughs] So effortlessly herself. I hopefully took some notes. That was a rude eye-opening but also a wonderful thing, you know: ”Keep walking, brother, you’re not quite there yet.”

 

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