Ever sense Justice League actor, Ray Fisher, called out director Joss Whedon for unprofessional and even abusive conduct on the set of the Warner Bros/DC Film, a flurry of other people who had previously worked with the once beloved Buffy/Firefly creator have further substantiated the claims.
The newest person to step forward might be the most surprising up to this point. Actor James Marsters who played the fan favorite vampire, Spike, on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, had one of the oddest encounters with Whedon.
Spike was initially introduced as a villain during the second season before becoming an unlikely ally and love interest for Buffy Summers. Spike would quickly become a breakout character and would remain on the show far longer than intended.
However, James Marsters recently explained that Joss Whedon resented being asked to create the character due to the fact that he didn’t want another “romantic vampire” like David Boreanaz’s Angel. Apparently, Spike also contradicted Whedon’s goal to steer away from the trope of having physically attractive vampires. With this, Marsden revealed to Michael Rosenbaum on his podcast — Inside of You — that Whedon confronted him about his character, leading to a rather awkward conversation:
I came along, and I wasn’t designed to be a romantic character. But then the audience reacted that way to it. And I remember he backed me up against a wall one day, and he was just like, ‘I don’t care how popular you are, kid, you’re dead. You hear me? Dead. Dead!’ And I was just like, ‘Uh, you know, it’s your football, man. OK.’
Marsters would go on to say that Whdeon wasn’t kidding and didn’t apologize for the incident. But he also added that Whedon wasn’t so much angry at him as he “was angry about the situation” that led to Marsters’ character being created.
And let’s face it, despite Angel getting his own spin-off show, Spike was by far the more popular vampire amongst fans. So much so that SPOILER —————————
It was basically alluded to in the Buffy series finale that Buffy chose Spike over Angel. Pretty crazy for a character who wasn’t even supposed to stick around for a season or two.
While this is definitely a strange story, it’s far from the most controversial account of Joss Whedon’s beheavior on the set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Recently, stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt claimed that Whedon became difficult to work with as the show became successful. He also alleged that the writer caused him to lose employment opportunities later in his career.
Marsters doesn’t hold any ill will towards Whedon and says that he would even work with him again on a future project.