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2020-07-16 4:37:40 AM  
 
2020-07-16 5:24:30 AM  
To be fair, James Marsters is just shy of 60 and he looks it. That's not a bad thing, but he's right, he literally couldn't play the eternally youthful vamp that Spike is. The CGI it would take, they may as well just make a fully CGI Spike.
 
2020-07-16 5:26:48 AM  
If they can de-age actors like Michael Douglas in the movies I'm sure they can bring that tech to the small screen.
 
2020-07-16 5:28:39 AM  
as he's literally done nothing else

Except make out and get into a fight with John Barrowman


Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Fight Scene
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2020-07-16 5:45:15 AM  
IDK, subby. He's got a pretty successful career as an audiobook narrator going and, to a lot of us fans, he *is* Harry Dresden
 
2020-07-16 5:49:11 AM  
I'm still somewhat tempted to watch that live-action Dragonball movie just because James Marsters plays Piccolo.  That's just conceptually funny.
 
2020-07-16 5:52:35 AM  
And to be fair he said that regarding the aftermath of both series and the opportunity of a spin-off, 13 years or so ago. Not about now.
 
2020-07-16 5:55:08 AM  
Apparently a lot of Americans who watched House without knowing who Hugh Laurie was didn't realise he was British.

Well I'm a Brit, and when I first watched Buffy I had *no* idea that James Marsters wasn't British. His accent was flawless.
 
2020-07-16 6:24:43 AM  

Devil's Advocaat: Apparently a lot of Americans who watched House without knowing who Hugh Laurie was didn't realise he was British.

Well I'm a Brit, and when I first watched Buffy I had *no* idea that James Marsters wasn't British. His accent was flawless.


I think I read somewhere that Anthony Head (Giles) also thought he was British at first.
 
2020-07-16 6:26:29 AM  

Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: Devil's Advocaat: Apparently a lot of Americans who watched House without knowing who Hugh Laurie was didn't realise he was British.

Well I'm a Brit, and when I first watched Buffy I had *no* idea that James Marsters wasn't British. His accent was flawless.

I think I read somewhere that Anthony Head (Giles) also thought he was British at first.


I think it was that he based his English accent on Head's natural accent (which is nowhere near as posh as Giles')
 
2020-07-16 6:32:33 AM  
He was unrecognizable as Cyclops in the X-Men movies.
 
2020-07-16 6:42:03 AM  

JayBeeBrad: To be fair, James Marsters is just shy of 60 and he looks it. That's not a bad thing, but he's right, he literally couldn't play the eternally youthful vamp that Spike is. The CGI it would take, they may as well just make a fully CGI Spike.


That's not exactly true he was just on Runaways and still looked in great shape and could pass for much younger.
 
2020-07-16 7:02:19 AM  

CarnySaur: He was unrecognizable as Cyclops in the X-Men movies.


He was also fantastic in Red Dead Redemption

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2020-07-16 7:41:57 AM  
What, no love for his role as Dash X back in the day on Eerie, Indiana?
 
2020-07-16 7:53:14 AM  

Snapper Carr: as he's literally done nothing else

Except make out and get into a fight with John Barrowman


[YouTube video: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Fight Scene]


THAT'S the guy who someone up thread said "is almost 60 and looks it"?
 
2020-07-16 8:08:37 AM  

Devil's Advocaat: Apparently a lot of Americans who watched House without knowing who Hugh Laurie was didn't realise he was British.

Well I'm a Brit, and when I first watched Buffy I had *no* idea that James Marsters wasn't British. His accent was flawless.


Which accent was James doing? I was always curious.

(For those who don't know, almost every single British county has a different accent.)
 
2020-07-16 8:15:06 AM  

bostonguy: Which accent was James doing? I was always curious.


As I mentioned above, it's based on Anthony Stewart Head's natural accent which you  can hear here.


Q&A with Anthony Stewart Head
Youtube RAJo883Wac0


I'm no expert on regional UK dialects but I think it's a North London accent.
 
2020-07-16 8:27:06 AM  

Valacirca: I'm still somewhat tempted to watch that live-action Dragonball movie just because James Marsters plays Piccolo.  That's just conceptually funny.


While the movie sucked he ended up liking Dragonball itself enough to become a fan and he even got to play a villain for Super during its run, which is pretty cool
 
2020-07-16 8:49:24 AM  
bring back the entire cast as muppets.   problem solved.
 
2020-07-16 8:55:05 AM  

Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: IDK, subby. He's got a pretty successful career as an audiobook narrator going and, to a lot of us fans, he *is* Harry Dresden


I've never listened to any of the audio books for the Dresden series, but I have a hard time picturing Marsters as Harry. That said, instead of a live action Dresden series, they should do animated mini-series and use him as the voice for it.
 
2020-07-16 9:10:05 AM  

Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: Devil's Advocaat: Apparently a lot of Americans who watched House without knowing who Hugh Laurie was didn't realise he was British.

Well I'm a Brit, and when I first watched Buffy I had *no* idea that James Marsters wasn't British. His accent was flawless.

I think I read somewhere that Anthony Head (Giles) also thought he was British at first.


To be fair, he also thought Marstwes was his son for a short period of time.  Long story, magic spell etc.
 
2020-07-16 9:17:15 AM  

JayBeeBrad: To be fair, James Marsters is just shy of 60 and he looks it. That's not a bad thing, but he's right, he literally couldn't play the eternally youthful vamp that Spike is. The CGI it would take, they may as well just make a fully CGI Spike.


He was considerably older than he looked when he was working on the show. So, yeah. Playing a vampire or a robot has a short shelf life.
 
2020-07-16 9:18:28 AM  

bostonguy: Devil's Advocaat: Apparently a lot of Americans who watched House without knowing who Hugh Laurie was didn't realise he was British.

Well I'm a Brit, and when I first watched Buffy I had *no* idea that James Marsters wasn't British. His accent was flawless.

Which accent was James doing? I was always curious.

(For those who don't know, almost every single British county has a different accent.)


I think Spike was obviously based on Billy Idol ( though in-universe, he insisted it was the other way around ).

It came across to me as a West London accent. Even the vowel sounds which didn't quite land made sense for a character that had been living in the USA for as long as he had.
 
2020-07-16 9:40:08 AM  

thisispete: If they can de-age actors like Michael Douglas in the movies I'm sure they can bring that tech to the small screen.


Worked for Brent Spiner on Picard, but is still expensive.  Will be a few years yet before they can afford to do it on tv for more than a few short scenes.
 
2020-07-16 9:48:52 AM  

Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: IDK, subby. He's got a pretty successful career as an audiobook narrator going and, to a lot of us fans, he *is* Harry Dresden


Hell yes.  I had an Audible trial saved up, so I'm listening to Peace Talks now.  Not the best, but not Fool Moon either.

/Battle Ground comes out in September, apparently, so I guess Butcher probably split some ideas into two separate books
 
2020-07-16 9:49:11 AM  

Valacirca: I'm still somewhat tempted to watch that live-action Dragonball movie just because James Marsters plays Piccolo.  That's just conceptually funny.


Only reason I watched it.
 
2020-07-16 10:03:42 AM  

Last Man on Earth: Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: IDK, subby. He's got a pretty successful career as an audiobook narrator going and, to a lot of us fans, he *is* Harry Dresden

Hell yes.  I had an Audible trial saved up, so I'm listening to Peace Talks now.  Not the best, but not Fool Moon either.

/Battle Ground comes out in September, apparently, so I guess Butcher probably split some ideas into two separate books


Well it has been 5 years since the last book, he could have wrote several in that time.
 
2020-07-16 10:03:43 AM  

Devil's Advocaat: Apparently a lot of Americans who watched House without knowing who Hugh Laurie was didn't realise he was British.


A new sci-fi comedy -- Avenue 5 -- starting him had a running gag where he'd switch accents and people would ask him why.

I stopped watching after a few episodes. Just got boring or something.
 
2020-07-16 10:04:01 AM  

bostonguy: starting him


Starring him.
 
2020-07-16 10:10:20 AM  
Man I miss that show.
 
2020-07-16 10:12:31 AM  

Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: IDK, subby. He's got a pretty successful career as an audiobook narrator going and, to a lot of us fans, he *is* Harry Dresden


Been going through the audio books myself and yea.. he's awesome at it.
 
2020-07-16 10:19:27 AM  

Last Man on Earth: Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: IDK, subby. He's got a pretty successful career as an audiobook narrator going and, to a lot of us fans, he *is* Harry Dresden

Hell yes.  I had an Audible trial saved up, so I'm listening to Peace Talks now.  Not the best, but not Fool Moon either.

/Battle Ground comes out in September, apparently, so I guess Butcher probably split some ideas into two separate books


Yea this one's a little...off. Can't really put my finger on it other than "it's like a super fan wrote a Dresden File". Regardless, I figure any author who writes and extended series is allowed an "Oops" or two.
As for splitting it into two parts, there's some controversy among fans over that. The official explanation is that it was too much story for one book and would've been cost prohibitive to release it as such (their claim is that the hardback would retail for $50 or more). But...this is an author who's known for greeting fans with "Hey, thanks for your money!" so who knows?
Anywho...long time fan so I'll keep reading as long as he keeps writing...The Dresden Files at least. Wasn't all that impressed with his other two series
 
2020-07-16 10:22:49 AM  

bostonguy: Devil's Advocaat: Apparently a lot of Americans who watched House without knowing who Hugh Laurie was didn't realise he was British.

A new sci-fi comedy -- Avenue 5 -- starting him had a running gag where he'd switch accents and people would ask him why.

I stopped watching after a few episodes. Just got boring or something.


It wasn't up to the same standard I expect from Armando Ianucci, but I had enough faith in him to stick with it.... and HOLY FARK... episode 8 was insane and in hindsight is a scarily accurate metaphor for 2020.
 
2020-07-16 10:26:14 AM  

Dingleberry Dickwad: Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: IDK, subby. He's got a pretty successful career as an audiobook narrator going and, to a lot of us fans, he *is* Harry Dresden

I've never listened to any of the audio books for the Dresden series, but I have a hard time picturing Marsters as Harry. That said, instead of a live action Dresden series, they should do animated mini-series and use him as the voice for it.


There's talk of taking another stab at a live action series. SyFy tried years ago and it was awful. My "wish list" for live action Harry is Pablo Schreiber or Joel Kinnaman. As I doubt it would be either, I'd be happy with an animated series
 
2020-07-16 10:57:37 AM  

Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: Yea this one's a little...off. Can't really put my finger on it other than "it's like a super fan wrote a Dresden File". Regardless, I figure any author who writes and extended series is allowed an "Oops" or two.


I'm not very far in yet (Dresden just left Murphy's house and got in his car), but so far, it just seems unrelentingly dark.  I know we're probably leading up to the Apocalypse Trilogy, so no shocker, but it just seems like incessant bad news and tense/hostile encounters in every scene.  The pancakes were the closest thing to a reprieve.

Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: Anywho...long time fan so I'll keep reading as long as he keeps writing...The Dresden Files at least. Wasn't all that impressed with his other two series


Yeah, I wasn't the biggest fan of the Furies books either.  Cinder Spires has potential, though it's not great, and I'll give the second book a shot when it comes out.  I should give it a reread now that I've read some of Sanderson's stuff, it seems a lot like Butcher trying his hand at that writing style.

Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: There's talk of taking another stab at a live action series. SyFy tried years ago and it was awful. My "wish list" for live action Harry is Pablo Schreiber or Joel Kinnaman. As I doubt it would be either, I'd be happy with an animated series


Blackthorn's too old now, but as bad as the series was overall, he was actually a pretty good choice for the live-action role.
 
2020-07-16 11:01:21 AM  
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2020-07-16 11:17:49 AM  

bostonguy: Devil's Advocaat: Apparently a lot of Americans who watched House without knowing who Hugh Laurie was didn't realise he was British.

A new sci-fi comedy -- Avenue 5 -- starting him had a running gag where he'd switch accents and people would ask him why.

I stopped watching after a few episodes. Just got boring or something.


Stick with Avenue 5. It's pretty darn enjoyable.
 
2020-07-16 11:30:48 AM  
Speaking of...

What ever happened to that "Buffy" reboot/revival show? Is that still coming? Did it come and go already?
 
2020-07-16 11:46:38 AM  

Last Man on Earth: Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: Yea this one's a little...off. Can't really put my finger on it other than "it's like a super fan wrote a Dresden File". Regardless, I figure any author who writes and extended series is allowed an "Oops" or two.

I'm not very far in yet (Dresden just left Murphy's house and got in his car), but so far, it just seems unrelentingly dark.  I know we're probably leading up to the Apocalypse Trilogy, so no shocker, but it just seems like incessant bad news and tense/hostile encounters in every scene.  The pancakes were the closest thing to a reprieve.

Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: Anywho...long time fan so I'll keep reading as long as he keeps writing...The Dresden Files at least. Wasn't all that impressed with his other two series

Yeah, I wasn't the biggest fan of the Furies books either.  Cinder Spires has potential, though it's not great, and I'll give the second book a shot when it comes out.  I should give it a reread now that I've read some of Sanderson's stuff, it seems a lot like Butcher trying his hand at that writing style.

Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: There's talk of taking another stab at a live action series. SyFy tried years ago and it was awful. My "wish list" for live action Harry is Pablo Schreiber or Joel Kinnaman. As I doubt it would be either, I'd be happy with an animated series

Blackthorn's too old now, but as bad as the series was overall, he was actually a pretty good choice for the live-action role.


Sorry for grabbing your whole response but I'm on my phone and not sure how to edit out what i don't want...

I think PT being darker than other DF books is part of it. I'm about 5 hours in (audiobook) and, so far, there's a definite lack of the usual Dresden sense of humor. We're still three books away from the B.A.T. (Maybe two. IDK if Peace Talks and Battle Ground count as books 17 and 18 or as 17a and 17b) so I don't know if that has anything to do with it. I know the author had a lot going on in his personal life but it sorta feels like he wrote a bunch of disconnected scenes then made up some basic exposition to connect them.

I gave Furies a shot after I read about the "author's challenger" that set the series in motion. It wasn't bad. Aeronaut's Windlass just didn't grab me at all.

I'll have to re-watch the series at some point. Others have pointed out how good Blackthorn did as Harry and, honestly, I think I was too disappointed in the series in general to notice
 
2020-07-16 12:04:13 PM  

Last Man on Earth: Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: IDK, subby. He's got a pretty successful career as an audiobook narrator going and, to a lot of us fans, he *is* Harry Dresden

Hell yes.  I had an Audible trial saved up, so I'm listening to Peace Talks now.  Not the best, but not Fool Moon either.

/Battle Ground comes out in September, apparently, so I guess Butcher probably split some ideas into two separate books


That's out?

Checks the googles.

Nice. Reviews do say it's half a book, I might wait until September.
 
2020-07-16 12:10:22 PM  
He is the voice of Harry Dresden you uncluttered swine.
 
2020-07-16 12:25:41 PM  

realmolo: Speaking of...

What ever happened to that "Buffy" reboot/revival show? Is that still coming? Did it come and go already?


Development hell and coronavirus happened.
 
2020-07-16 1:12:30 PM  

Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: Last Man on Earth: Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: Yea this one's a little...off. Can't really put my finger on it other than "it's like a super fan wrote a Dresden File". Regardless, I figure any author who writes and extended series is allowed an "Oops" or two.

I'm not very far in yet (Dresden just left Murphy's house and got in his car), but so far, it just seems unrelentingly dark.  I know we're probably leading up to the Apocalypse Trilogy, so no shocker, but it just seems like incessant bad news and tense/hostile encounters in every scene.  The pancakes were the closest thing to a reprieve.

Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: Anywho...long time fan so I'll keep reading as long as he keeps writing...The Dresden Files at least. Wasn't all that impressed with his other two series

Yeah, I wasn't the biggest fan of the Furies books either.  Cinder Spires has potential, though it's not great, and I'll give the second book a shot when it comes out.  I should give it a reread now that I've read some of Sanderson's stuff, it seems a lot like Butcher trying his hand at that writing style.

Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: There's talk of taking another stab at a live action series. SyFy tried years ago and it was awful. My "wish list" for live action Harry is Pablo Schreiber or Joel Kinnaman. As I doubt it would be either, I'd be happy with an animated series

Blackthorn's too old now, but as bad as the series was overall, he was actually a pretty good choice for the live-action role.

Sorry for grabbing your whole response but I'm on my phone and not sure how to edit out what i don't want...

I think PT being darker than other DF books is part of it. I'm about 5 hours in (audiobook) and, so far, there's a definite lack of the usual Dresden sense of humor. We're still three books away from the B.A.T. (Maybe two. IDK if Peace Talks and Battle Ground count as books 17 and 18 or as 17a and 17b) so I don't know if that has anything to do with it. I know the author had a lot going on in his personal life but it sorta feels like he wrote a bunch of disconnected scenes then made up some basic exposition to connect them.

I gave Furies a shot after I read about the "author's challenger" that set the series in motion. It wasn't bad. Aeronaut's Windlass just didn't grab me at all.

I'll have to re-watch the series at some point. Others have pointed out how good Blackthorn did as Harry and, honestly, I think I was too disappointed in the series in general to notice


Jim Butcher is on record that it's more of a book 17a/17b situation. It was intended to be one book but got too long  so he split it into two books.

And I can say without spoilers that Butters continues to be awesome, so that'sa plus.
 
2020-07-16 1:23:17 PM  

Devil's Advocaat: bostonguy: Devil's Advocaat: Apparently a lot of Americans who watched House without knowing who Hugh Laurie was didn't realise he was British.

Well I'm a Brit, and when I first watched Buffy I had *no* idea that James Marsters wasn't British. His accent was flawless.

Which accent was James doing? I was always curious.

(For those who don't know, almost every single British county has a different accent.)

I think Spike was obviously based on Billy Idol ( though in-universe, he insisted it was the other way around ).

It came across to me as a West London accent. Even the vowel sounds which didn't quite land made sense for a character that had been living in the USA for as long as he had.


In universe Spike also changed his accent deliberately. Nebbish human William was more posh where Spike used a rougher, more lower class accent. Angelus even comments on it at one point.
 
2020-07-16 1:35:04 PM  

Snapper Carr: as he's literally done nothing else

Except make out and get into a fight with John Barrowman


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Did they remake Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with a different cast?
 
2020-07-16 4:28:14 PM  

gonzoron: thisispete: If they can de-age actors like Michael Douglas in the movies I'm sure they can bring that tech to the small screen.

Worked for Brent Spiner on Picard, but is still expensive.  Will be a few years yet before they can afford to do it on tv for more than a few short scenes.


Spiner looked downright bizarre with that combination of CGI and makeup.

"Oh, you programmed yourself to look older? OK."
 
2020-07-16 4:43:29 PM  

JerkStore: gonzoron: thisispete: If they can de-age actors like Michael Douglas in the movies I'm sure they can bring that tech to the small screen.

Worked for Brent Spiner on Picard, but is still expensive.  Will be a few years yet before they can afford to do it on tv for more than a few short scenes.

Spiner looked downright bizarre with that combination of CGI and makeup.

"Oh, you programmed yourself to look older? OK."


Spiner's definitely on record as having directly pushed for Data's sacrifice at least partly because there was no way he could plausibly play the character anymore.  Granted, the lack of other TNG movies made it a moot point, but considering the alternative was probably him being in Picard, it was a good call.
 
2020-07-16 5:30:18 PM  

bhcompy: Snapper Carr: as he's literally done nothing else

Except make out and get into a fight with John Barrowman


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Did they remake Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with a different cast?


It's the title of an episode from the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood.  Marsters is in a few episodes in season 2.
 
2020-07-16 5:43:42 PM  

Negative! I am a Meat Popsicle!: IDK, subby. He's got a pretty successful career as an audiobook narrator going and, to a lot of us fans, he *is* Harry Dresden


This. And a lot of other things.
 
2020-07-16 6:27:19 PM  

realmolo: Speaking of...

What ever happened to that "Buffy" reboot/revival show? Is that still coming? Did it come and go already?


It's called Warrior Nun and it's on Netflix.
 
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