Sci-fi and fantasy are Marsters' calling
By Darren Cartwright, National Entertainment Writer | Australian Associated Press – 3 hours ago
The self-confessed Star Trek fan says the genre provides more scope and variety for actors, while also tackling social issues in a more direct way than more conventional movies and television series.
His long list of sci-fi and fantasy television credits includes Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Supernatural and Caprica.
He has also lent his voice to several animated television series such as Spiderman, Superman and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
He also has the lead role as a wizard in the yet-to-be-released feature movie Dragon Warrior.
Marsters will appear next month at Supanova Pop Culture convention in Adelaide and Brisbane, where he will cross paths with fans of several of his TV shows, most likely Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which he played yobbish English vampire Spike.
"Frankly sci-fi and fantasy can talk about social issues in a more a direct way that other more realistic forms can't do," Marsters tells AAP.
"I like imagining very different social situations than the one I find myself in... and your imagination can run with that (on a sci-fi series).
"When you're cast as a cop, you're thinking, 'I know what it's like to sit in a car and drink coffee'."
Marsters came close to fulfilling a career ambition of appearing in a Star Trek movie when he auditioned for a role as a clone of Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
Unfortunately, Marsters missed being an on-screen Trekker, although he does have a concept for a Star Trek TV series.
"They were looking at me to play Patrick Stewart's clone in a Star Trek film and I went and auditioned," Marsters says.
"I don't think I sucked eggs, but I didn't do well enough.
"But I wish I had, I would have been proud to be Patrick Stewart's clone.
"I have an idea for a Star Trek series but I haven't shopped it yet."
Marsters played Spike for seven seasons in Buffy and although he loved the show and where it took his career, he remembers the character for all the wrong reasons.
He said he was in a world of pain throughout the whole series after agreeing to have his hair dyed to play the role.
Marsters only said yes to going platinum blond because it was supposed to be for just a handful of episodes.
"I loved wearing it (the blond hair), I hated getting it," Marsters said.
"It was one of the most painful things physically that I have ever undergone.
"I have curly hair and my scalp is dry and that chemical would get in the cracks of my scalp.
"I would tear up and literally go into my trailer and go in the foetal position."
* Supanova: Brisbane: November 9-11, RNA Showgrounds
* Supanova: Adelaide: November 17-18, Adelaide Showgrounds