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James Marsters calls his ‘Runaways’ character the ‘biggest douchebag’ | @PageSix
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James Marsters calls his ‘Runaways’ character the ‘biggest douchebag’


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James Marsters is no stranger to playing the big bad and his newest character on Marvel’s “Runaways” is no exception.

“I don’t know if the creators would agree with me, but in my eyes, I’m the biggest douchebag of all the villains,” the 55-year-old actor recently told Page Six. “They’re mild and then I’m just horrible and it’s really fun.”

“Runaways” follows a group of teenagers who find out their parents are super-villains, and, of course, Marsters, who rose to fame playing baddie Spike in “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” plays one of the fathers.

“I haven’t had this much fun since ‘Buffy’ and I’ve had a lot of fun,” he said. “I’ve gotten a lot of roles that were really delicious, but this is just out of the park.”

Marsters isn’t worried about being typecast, either, because he’d rather play the bad guy anyway.

“I love doing villains,” he told us. “I try to be a nice person, which really comes down to not sharing most of what I’m thinking. Trying to be nice is editing yourself all the time and when you get to play a villain, you kind of get to barf all that out. I would much rather do villains than heroes. Heroes have to hump the whole plot. They have to show up to work like five times more often, have longer hours and they’re always worried and sweating and trying to save someone.”

He added, “When you’re a villain you really just get to judge people and lurk and then jump out of shadows and whack them upside the head.”

“Runaways” premieres on Tuesday on Hulu.


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‘Marvel’s Runaways': James Marsters on Relationship With ‘Son’ Gregg Sulkin and Being the Set Nerd |
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‘Marvel’s Runaways': James Marsters on Relationship With ‘Son’ Gregg Sulkin and Being the Set Nerd

“Gregg is a lot like me, in that he is heavily invested in acting. He’s really focused on it,” Marsters tells TheWrap

James Marsters and Gregg Sulkin have textbook father-son issues in Hulu’s new superhero series, “Marvel’s Runaways.” But, as usual, it makes for great television.

Marsters plays tortured genius Victor Stein, father to Sulkin’s character Chase, one of the six teens on the show who band together after realizing that their parents have been lying to them all their lives about being evil. But, be that messy situation as it may, off screen, the two have a really great dynamic.

“What’s been really, really great is Gregg is a lot like me, in that he is heavily invested in acting, he’s really focused on it,” Marsters tells TheWrap of working with Sulkin on the new series, based on Marvel’s 2003 comics by Brian K. Vaughan. “I often kind of catch it on the set, because I’m so into it. I’m always studying my lines. I’m always trying to make it better. I’m like the nerd who maybe takes it a little too seriously. But I have so much fun doing it and Gregg is so committed too. And we have a great time just trying to get it right, and that’s led to some really good scenes.”

“Sometimes you can surprise yourself and things can happen that you didn’t plan on happening,” Marsters added. “And he really brings it and we really became close. What he had is passion and I really respect him. It’s the passion.”

Marsters also thinks that when it comes to their characters, the relationship is full of love — even if he’s evil.

“Well, I think, actually, there is a lot of love between Victor and his son,” Marsters says. “I think that it’s a very complicated relationship and I’m not a perfect father but, both characters are heavily invested in each other, really important to each other.”


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'Runaways' Star James Marsters Wants to Battle Tony Stark in Marvel Crossover: 'That Guy's a Douche!
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'Runaways' Star James Marsters Wants to Battle Tony Stark in Marvel Crossover: 'That Guy's a Douche!'

'Runaways' Star James Marsters Wants to Battle Tony Stark in Marvel Crossover: 'That Guy's a Douche!'
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A Closer Look at Marvel's Runaways

The Marvel star tells TooFab what it's really like to be part of the Marvel family and how he gets into the mindset of a "first class, Grade-A, platinum card carrying a-hole."

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On The Set Of ‘Marvel’s Runaways’ (video interviews ft James Marsters) | @ETCanada
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ET Canada is on the set of “Marvel’s Runaways” as the cast explains why they have to be tight-lipped on their series about a group of teens who discover their parents are actually supervillains.

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