Actually, ya know, Joss is still writing comic books, they’re doing season 10 now. I think anybody interested in the Spike/Buffy relationship should probably check out those comic books, because I think it’s gonna get *very* interesting between the two of those characters.
James Marsters interview on Capital Public Radio
Q: How do you feel about Sarah Michelle Gellar choosing Angel over Spike?
JM: I think it was constructed that way. Wisely. Spike only got his soul very late in the game. I'm not really sure either character deserved Buffy. Buffy was a really awesome human being that deserves someone just as awesome as she was, and I think both Angel and Spike were kind of messed up. Even though they had souls and cool hair or whatever, they still had so many issues, so I thought she probably deserves someone better than both of them. But Angel had his soul longer and his priorities are a little straighter. Spike was, you know, evil for pretty much the whole time.
Q: You said he was "seeking goodness" at one point. Changed your mind?
JM: The thing is, I didn't want them to kill my character off so I played Spike as if he had a soul from the beginning. But it wasn't written as if he did, so there's a little bit of conundrum there. I was talking with David Fury, one of the producers and writers on Buffy, and he said "Yeah, we noticed that, James, and we had to incorporate that" and it was like a part of Spike's soul was still in him.
Actually, Joss is still writing comic books, they're doing season 10 now. Anybody interested in Spike and Buffy's relationship should probably check out those comic books, because I think it's gonna get very interesting between two of those characters.
James is one of the most marvelous actors whom I’ve worked with. One of the most intelligent I’ve ever met. He’s very very well trained, Shakespearean style. He is super professional and he wants to do everything to perfection and it shows in everything he does. He even does most of his stunts on Buffy. One time he even burned his hand, and he continued just the same. He’s simply an incredible actor and an extraordinary human being. I appreciate working with him every day.
Sarah Michelle Gellar (x)
To tell you the truth, I don’t know! Because it’s very different kissing someone acting wise. This is something Sarah taught me actually. There was a kiss where the camera came around the Bronze and all these people were in liplock. It was at the end of the episode where we lost our memory. And we had to do that like 12 times because I kept kissing for real and our lips were like (makes smashing lips face). Sarah kept trying to explain that it’s like stunts - you gotta be very careful to take yourself out of it. You don’t hit for real - it’s fake and you make it look real. So I wish I could answer your question - you don’t know how bad. (giggles)
James Marsters on kissing Sarah Michelle Gellar - (6-02 SFX Event) (x)
Scott Allie Talks James Marsters’ Spike: Into The Light
This was all James’s idea. It’s a story that I think he’s been kicking around for a long time. The reason I wanted to do it was simple. We were backstage at some event at San Diego, and he started telling me the story. And he’s the kind of actor who’s a natural storyteller—not all of them are. So he just rattled this thing off in a very fun way, the way you’d tell one of your favorite misadventures to a friend over a barstool. It just rolled, and I loved it right away. It’s a small story, it’s not a big turning point for the character. It’s a fun story where a few diverse elements come together to tell the sort of story I think we’ve sort of lost, something real human and personal, where the fate of the world doesn’t hang in the balance. But as he told me the story he was so much inside it, so connected to what it was about and how it connected to Spike on a simple level, that I really wanted to have that comic in my hand. I ran it by Joss and he was cool with it, so off we went.