Spike the movie star? Just maybe. James Marsters, who plays the cream-white vampire with a soul on “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” and [soon] “Angel” has scored a plum movie role in a film about as far removed from the fantastical elements of Sunnydale as possible. No folks, it’s not the much mooted Moff Tarkin “Episode 3” gig – but it is a chance for Marsters to branch out.
Marsters is currently touring Europe with his rock band Ghost of the Robot and is expected to start filming "Italian Heat" with Derek Jacobi and Sean Bean in September, says UPI.com.
"It’s from a hit play on the West End of London called ‘Italian Heat,’" he said, "and being that there’s a lot of sex in it, I think that’s the wrong title. It sounds like soft-core porn… It is about a gay man, who I play, who is in a marriage in fascist Italy and he’s got a horrible marriage and two refugees come into the house that he lives in — one’s gay and one’s not — one takes to the wife, one takes to the guy."
Marsters revealed that he drew on the pain of one of his own failed relationships to prepare for the role.
"The thing is that in fascist Italy, people were being hung for being gay and the thing that I responded to in the script was –God, let’s get personal –I was in a long-term relationship. In fact, I was married to a woman who didn’t really love me… Anyway, God…" he candidly acknowledged, drawing a breath. "I know what it’s like to live a lie without even knowing you’re living a lie and in my experience there was a sexual component to it and so what I responded to in the script was that a scene could be about how important it is to be yourself no matter what that is and how high a price you have to pay or should be willing to pay to be yourself."
Marsters recalled how thrilled he was when he first heard about the project since two of his favorite actors were also starring in it.
"It was a big deal!" he exclaimed. "And I was all excited about it and I went to my manager and said, ‘Do I have to kiss a guy?’ And he’s like, ‘Oh, yeah.’ And I was like, ‘Argggh!’ And then I read the script and there was so much more than kissing that I froze up for a while and I just put the script away and I started making my own personal connection to it and so I feel like I can play that role.
He added: "I know what it’s like to have that bottled-up anger. You think you know what the problem is, but it’s really not… So, I’m started to get excited about it and I’m less terrified than I was two months ago. Two months ago, I probably wouldn’t have wanted to talk about it, but you don’t refuse a film like that. It’s a really great script and I’m looking forward to it."
And of course, then he will be joining the troupe over at “Angel”.
"I really hope that Spike and Angel don’t get along at all," he admitted.
"I said, ‘Angel wears lifts.’ So, I don’t think we’re going to become allies. Hopefully, I don’t know what it’s going to be, but I want to make life as tough as possible for Angel and, of course, everyone knows Joss always listens to me."
Thanks to Dark Horizons