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James Guest Stint on 'The Mountain"

From the TV Guide website:

SPIKE RETURNS: Here's something I never thought I'd write: You have to watch The Mountain! Actually, just the Nov. 3 episode. That's when Buffy/Angel grad James Marsters guest-stars as the father of the Penn Badgley character. According to a WB rep, there's "a chance" Marsters could recur — which would mean you'd have to watch more than one episode of The Mountain. Scary but true.

OK, first off, I'm impressed that James making a guest appearance on a so-so soap/family drama warrants a blurb in TV Guide's daily recap of breaking news. Second, assuming the show lasts the season, we could be seeing more of him. I hadn't realized he would be playing the father of one of the main characters. I actually watched the show last night (I've seen worse) and Penn's father was passed out drunk on the couch with a baseball cap over his face. Guess they were waiting for the right person to cast in the role. ;)
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He's playing an age-appropriate role?! The end of the world is nigh!

Bet the guy on the couch didn't have his abs, though. Hee.
Bet the guy on the couch didn't have his abs, though. Hee.
Thanks, I almost laughed out loud here at work. You're getting me in trouble "shakes finger"
I don't know if THE MOUNTAIN will even last until the end of 2004. The ratings are pretty bad and dropping with each episode. I won't turn it because the show just doesn't interest me. I wished the WB picked up the new Dark Shadows or Lost In Space series instead.
It's great that he's getting that kind of press. This actually seems like a good move for him, whatever the hand-wringers on the fringes of the Buffy fandom may say. If The Mountain's ratings continue to slide, it's already doing really poorly, so the network can hardly blame him. If the ratings improve, he'll get the credit. It looks like a pretty meaty guest part, it breaks him out of the Spike mold, and it keeps his foot in the door with the WB. And he's working, as opposed to not working. He's complained in the past about always getting called to audition for vampire/rock star/drug addict parts, so he may have liked the role just because it gets him away from that.

I'm really curious to see him acting with his natural hair color. Why yes, I am shallow. :)
He's complained in the past about always getting called to audition for vampire/rock star/drug addict parts, so he may have liked the role just because it gets him away from that.

Of course, I have heard the charcater is a former rock and roler with a drinking problem. :p Well, least he's playing a character his own age and with his own hair. :)

It's funny, I was just thinking earlier, what if The WB sees a ratings spike (pun intended :) with James' appearance? They'll probably ask the producers to bring him back as a reoccuring character. And if ratings continue to get better it will get renewed for a second season and James will officially become The WB's go to guy for salvaging shows. ;P
I'm impressed too. It's nice recognition. And I bet the WB keeps the show on long enough for his ep to air to see how the ratings go ;)
Lot's of things freaked me out about Chance - the lack of accent wasn't one of them. :p
Bets on whether the character keeps his shirt on or not? :D Poor James. I only want him for his washboard abs.

I only want him for his washboard abs.

Well, I'm not nearly as shallow as you are. I also want him for his cheekbones. *cheeky grin*

I'm pretty sure they'll have him take off his shirt. The reason why I might consider watching this show in the future is that they might have him take off his pants, eventually.

*looks around innocently*

What?!?

Seriously, I wish JM the very best in his future career. And it's great that his guest appearance is generating such buzz. The Mountain folk better appreciate it.
It should be interesting to see how much or how little clothing James will be wearing. Sadly, with the cold climate and lack of a good excuse to be nekkid, we might be lucky to get him sans shirt.

Seriously, I wish JM the very best in his future career. And it's great that his guest appearance is generating such buzz. The Mountain folk better appreciate it.

I know there are a lot of people out there who are still condemning The WB for their decision to cancel Angel, but I think The WB had a lot to do with James getting cast. They know it will create buzz and I'd hazzard to guess if they do see a bump in the ratings that we'll be seeing more of James. Maybe a lot more. ;)

Well, I'm actually quite delighted about this news. I don't particularly *like* 'The Mountain' and have been following it only because of Mitch Pileggi and Barbara Hershey (the fact that she's in it gives me hope that there might be more in store in terms of plot development).

In the past, he has accepted roles for different reasons: money (Andromeda), co-stars (Geoffrey Rush, Roger Daltrey), message (Winding Roads, and probably Millennium), or simply to have a job.

With 'The Mountain', there could be several reasons: nice landscape, Barbara Hershey, a role very different from Spike, and perhaps publicity and decent payment. Who knows.

However, I'm looking forward to seeing him in something new.:-))
Speaking of other Buffy actors, I posted something about a movie starring one of the major guest stars.