But, there were a couple of interesting things about James film career (past and future) I hadn't heard before. First off, the reason Spike had to obtain his soul in Africa was due to Joss writing him out of the show so he could play the villain (Picard's clone)in Star Trek: Nemesis. For some reason, James ended up not getting the part. Not a great film, but not a bad one either, and it couldn't have hurt his career.
As for Venetian Heat, apparently, neither Sean Bean nor Derek Jacobi will be his love interest, but do play a soldier and priest respectively. I love Derek, but may I say Yay! to him not being the love interest. Curious to know who will be cast in that role though if it's not Sean (who must be the love interest of the wife).