Hey guys, was reading an article few days ago that mentioned all the girls who auditioned for the role of Buffy Summers (including Harmony, Darla and Kendra....etc) and I have to admit that SMG was the very best choice for Buffy. Anyways, it got me thinking who might have auditioned for Spike's role?

I thought about it A LOT (Yes, I even considered Johnny Depp) but no one other than James Marsters made a good Spike (at least not season 5-7 Spike)

I have to admit that JM is about 50% of why I LOVE Spike that much. I mean, brilliant performance, handsome and sexy, extremely expressive eyes. He played the bad, innocent, silly, romantic, brilliant, sensitive, sexy, evil, annoying, suffering, heroic character like no one else. And I just thought I ask:

 

If James Marsters hasn't been the one who played Spike? Who do you think should have? And why?

 

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good question - have to think about it - 

I've been posted that link on Buffy Summers group, but I repost it here again

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Yeah, new Spike is so sweet, even his cheekbones are right! LOL But they have to bleach his hair!

OK, that was a joke... For me no one could be Spike, but James Marsters and only SMG is Buffy. I don't want a new Buffy movie with new cast! I'm OK with the comics continuations...

I liked Selena Gomez as Anya...lol

and the guy recomended for Spike is handsome, but so not Spikey...how come Dawn, Buffy and Joyce don't look like a family at all?? the funny thing is Robin Wood is the white guy...that is a mess...but it made me laugh

i just hope it's not true

I don't know if he would have been interested in tv at the time, and it would have been six degrees of separation from SMG, but I thought that Ryan Phillipe could have made a decent Spike-I emphasize decent, because JM is Spike, hands down.

 

Here is a rather "Spikish" pose of Ryan P.

The actor that I LOVED on the Ethnic Buffy - was the actor for Giles - I love Chiwetel  Ejiofor in everything that I have ever seen him play. 

 

I don't this this actor Ryan PHillipe, but he does look like he would have been a good Spike.  I think Spike really does need to be some who has that raw sexual quality as James Marsters did.  You need an actor the Josh Holloway from LOST or the actor who played Sayid, they also have the screen presence that just want to take over a scene.  It's like the difference between Xander and Spike - NB while very handsome does not have that raw sexual quality - Johnny Depp has it, as does Leonard DiCaprio, Josh Holloway as well.  That actor who plays Damon from VD, as well. 

 

Tahmoh Penikett, which she has as Adam, I think would be a great Angel/Angelus.  Her Angel, I like as Xander and the pick for Andrew I think is good.  Frankly, Michael Obiora, would probably be a great Spike as well, just going by his physical presence as I don't know the actor - but the role is so specifically a while British Male so that can't work. 

 

Cordelia is already played by a non-white actress  and I like the Jenny Calender choice. LOL, the person who looks Big Bad enough to play Spike is the woman from Doll House,Dichen Lachman. 

Good choices.

leyki said:

 Orlando Bloom as Angel,

Josh Holloway as Spike.

 

And both of them in a fight of course with oil of some kind involved..........

other than the first and second season, I don't think Angel was particularly handsome - certainly nothing to go with the description of so beautiful as having the face of an Angel.  DB was never, IMO, one of the most handsome of the male leads - and he certainly changed, more than any of the male leads, as the series progressed.  For some reason, he looked much older in just a few seasons, by the time "Pangs" aired, he looked very different and much older.
Leyki, I agree with you about Josh Holloway as Spike - very good choice! :) But I think that Tahmoh Penikett would make better Angel than Orlando Bloom.
Out of topic - Last weekend I've watched Riverworld mini-series with Tahmoh Penikett and I loved his performance there.

For me, Spike is James and Only James. Some might look physically appropriate for the role. But it's not just the appearance that I'm talking about. It's more the performance. I mean:

Beneath you; how many actors can play that poetic end scene as good as James?

Fool for love; how many can make that (I'm going to kill her- I'm going to comfort her) face in the last scene (that was btw the moment I totally fell in love with Spike)

After life; James' face when he saw her alive for the first time coming down the stairs, that was one speechless-but-remarkable moment (Expressive eyes anyone?!!)

All the crazy basement guy scenes…James is just unique to me…he brought Spike to life…made him and everything he felt so real to me that I can't imagine or accept any other Spike no matter the similarities in the looks.

 

About DB being handsome, I like him much more as Booth in Bones than Angel…in the late seasons of Angel he gained weight and looked truly older like you girls said

I'm with those who can't imagine anyone else than James as Spike.
Totally agree with you, Enny! Oh, and that's funny about DB. During I've watched the show I was thinking DB is older than JM and I was really surprised to find out that in fact JM is older than DB LOL And I agree I like DB more as agent Booth than as Angel.  
Itoy247 said:

For me, Spike is James and Only James. Some might look physically appropriate for the role. But it's not just the appearance that I'm talking about. It's more the performance. I mean:

Beneath you; how many actors can play that poetic end scene as good as James?

Fool for love; how many can make that (I'm going to kill her- I'm going to comfort her) face in the last scene (that was btw the moment I totally fell in love with Spike)

After life; James' face when he saw her alive for the first time coming down the stairs, that was one speechless-but-remarkable moment (Expressive eyes anyone?!!)

All the crazy basement guy scenes…James is just unique to me…he brought Spike to life…made him and everything he felt so real to me that I can't imagine or accept any other Spike no matter the similarities in the looks.

 

About DB being handsome, I like him much more as Booth in Bones than Angel…in the late seasons of Angel he gained weight and looked truly older like you girls said

I agree!!! ;)

leyki said:

 

Tahmoh could fill in for Wesley, in my mind Wesley becomes very sexy when he looses that nerd attitude and starts acting like a real fighter....

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