Five Favorite Films

Five Favourite Films with James Marsters

The Dragonball star makes his choices.

by | April 7, 2009 | Comments

James Marsters

James Marsters is perhaps best known to audiences as the blonde-haired Sid Vicious-alike Spike on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The vampire who earned his nickname by impaling his victims on railway spikes, he went from Big Bad to Buffy’s boyfriend when a shadowy government cell called The Initiative fitted a chip in his brain that prevented him from doing harm.

He stars this week in Dragonball: Evolution, based on the Japanese Manga comic, as Lord Piccolo, the megalomaniacal villain out to destroy the world by uniting the seven Dragonballs.

Continue on as he shares his five favourite films with RT.


James Marsters

Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

“I felt that it was a very clear message about why America lost the war. It was a scene that really got me when, right at the very end, the villagers were killing the cow. Because when we want some cow, we have someone else kill the cow and wrap it up in plastic and eat it.

But they anointed the cow with oils and paint, and the whole village got around and prayed and chanted to the cow and slaughtered the cow in a bloody brutalist way and nobody flinched. Like, they wanted beef, looked it in the eye, and knew what it takes to eat beef, and that’s why we lost the war, they were just tougher.

For me the film was exploring the soft underbelly of our culture and of our weaknesses, and the film’s ending dealt with this; how did we become so weak?”

Click on a thumbnail below.

Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now

Alien
Alien

Blade Runner
Blade Runner

The Milagro Beanfield War
The Milagro Beanfield War

Ratatouille
Ratatouille


James Marsters

Alien

Alien

“I thought this was a really interesting mix of horror and sex. There are so many sexual references, from the robot attacking Sigourney Weaver, and he rolls up a magazine and stuffs it down her throat, I mean, wow! Or the fact that Ash’s blood looks like semen, it’s just a lot of that kind of stuff. Deep, deep psychological sexual stuff; like calling the computer ‘Mother’.

It’s really fascinating, and I think that’s why it’s so successful in scaring you. It places imagery that’s deep and sexual in a horror show. It’s designed to scare people, all this stuff that is repressed, and gets inside their psyche and is truly uncomfortable, and I think it’s right in (Alien artist and production designer) HR Giger‘s designs, I think sex is what we’re all afraid of.”


James Marsters

Blade Runner

Blade Runner

“Of course taken from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick, a short story, and like a lot of his books, it paints a world where technology has vastly outstripped our morality. We can create artificial beings that are every bit as human as we are, to any measurement, and yet we still treat them like a machine.

What does that say about how human we are? I think in the age of cloning and bio-medicine that is exploding right now, with every month, it seems there is some new problem that is jeopardising our morality as human beings. It just seems like we should be very careful in the next hundred years. Philip’s very clever in saying this is what is going to happen, if we’re not careful.

I also think it’s the best noir that doesn’t have to have gumshoes ever. He’s successfully made a noir in a new setting. One of my favourite things is the flying blimp with the picture of the Asian lady taking the pill in close-up. How perfect is that? We’re seeing those commercials now, where they say the side-effects maybe your hair falling out and so on. How they talked to Coca-Cola about the product placing on that building, I’ll never know. ”

Click on a thumbnail below.

Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now

Alien
Alien

Blade Runner
Blade Runner

The Milagro Beanfield War
The Milagro Beanfield War

Ratatouille
Ratatouille


James Marsters

The Milagro Beanfield War

The Milagro Beanfield War

“This was Robert Redford‘s follow up to Ordinary People. It’s just about a small South-Western town that is being taken over by moneyed interests. There’s this beautiful scene in the beginning where this obnoxious pig comes and wakes everybody up in the village out of bed, and everybody is like “Ergh, get away from me you pig.” But actually the pig is a force of great good; he’s just rousing everybody for the morning. There’s a certain poetry and stillness to the picture, and a magic that seems to emanate from the land and it casts a delicate spell.”

Click on a thumbnail below.

Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now

Alien
Alien

Blade Runner
Blade Runner

The Milagro Beanfield War
The Milagro Beanfield War

Ratatouille
Ratatouille


James Marsters

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

“I think that film, for me, showed me what cooking is really about, in a way that line animation was never able to. It made we want to cook, it made me want to go out to a new restaurant, it made we want to appreciate life, to taste everything, not just food but the air, everything. Frankly, to be able to put that kind of magic back into a film that is targeted for kids is just amazing. That’s all it’s trying to do, is say to kids, “Hey look at the world, it’s an amazing world, did you see that?” ”

Click on a thumbnail below.

Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now

Alien
Alien

Blade Runner
Blade Runner

The Milagro Beanfield War
The Milagro Beanfield War

Ratatouille
Ratatouille


Dragonball: Evolution is out on 8th May in the UK, 9th May in Australia and 10th May in the US.

Tag Cloud

Comedy aliens BBC diversity History harry potter Musicals Schedule sports APB Nominations CBS All Access PaleyFest Drama Disney Spring TV AMC Thanksgiving docudrama X-Men Fox News IFC comiccon VH1 social media TCA 2017 HBO boxoffice Amazon El Rey Super Bowl Superheroes Reality Sci-Fi CBS ABC TruTV Freeform Infographic Starz E! Horror Box Office Showtime Rocky technology Esquire cinemax Reality Competition adventure Valentine's Day Sundance Awards NYCC Fantasy RT History DC Comics Sneak Peek Grammys SundanceTV Rock Year in Review VICE Opinion Red Carpet ABC Family TNT Polls and Games Tomatazos TBS GoT FOX thriller Toys Mary Tyler Moore biography crime drama politics Premiere Dates police drama Holidays Nickelodeon Photos Star Trek Winter TV Netflix Best and Worst FXX GLAAD First Look Star Wars serial killer Extras Pop Cosplay 2017 24 frames Oscars Crackle Kids & Family Comedy Central President crime thriller Country dramedy WGN TIFF 007 Cartoon Network GIFs The CW Marathons Countdown American Society of Cinematographers Winners SDCC OWN Disney Channel Emmys discovery Marvel Trivia Calendar CNN 2015 LGBTQ Mystery Set visit CMT travel cops 2016 Pirates sitcom Election Certified Fresh DirecTV Character Guide Writers Guild of America PBS Watching Series Ghostbusters war ITV MSNBC BET Music USA Syfy Exclusive Video Teen FX ESPN A&E vampires Food Network period drama Trailer science fiction TV Podcast Bravo TCA Action Fall TV Hulu TCM Rom-Com Masterpiece Interview Nat Geo Comic Book Biopics singing competition Animation Logo Adult Swim Lifetime MTV BBC America Tumblr Summer NBC Video Games cooking Martial Arts TV Land Universal Lionsgate