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Does James have a profile on myspace.com?
When is James coming to "my country, my state, my city"?
What's the latest on the Spike movie?
When did he get the eyebrow scar?
Is James' British accent on "Buffy" real?

When is his birthday?
Where can I send fan mail?
What is some of his favorite Spike dialog?
What is his favorite color?

What are some of his favorite musical influences?
Will he ever return to the theater?
What is his favorite book?
Did he have a favorite episode in Buffy?
Is it hard for him to sing on stage in front of people?
Does he go online and visit all his websites or read fanfiction?
When did James start acting?
How does he go about writing his songs?
If forced to choose between acting and music, which would it be?

Does he play any other musical instruments?
James, where in the world would you most like to visit and why?
The Bernard Pivot Questionnaire

Does James have a profile on myspace.com?
No.  James is not involved in any online activity except for providing his management the personal messages and Q&A responses published on both of his official sites, jamesmarsters.com and jamesmarsterslive.com.                                                   back

When is James coming to "my country, my state, my city"?
This is by far his most commonly asked question.  James' events and concerts are always subject to many and varied considerations, so it's almost impossible for him to ever answer this question, other than with the noncommittal, but very sincere, "I'd love to!"  Rest assured that the minute an event and destination are planned you will hear about it here first!                                                                                                        
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What's the latest on the Spike movie?
We have been told that Joss Whedon and 20th Century Fox are exploring the idea of producing further adventures of some of the characters from “Buffy” and “Angel”.   What exactly that means, we honestly don’t know, because we are not privy to those confidential conversations.  James and his representatives have expressed his desire to revisit the character of ‘Spike’ if and when the powers that be are ready to do so.  Anything beyond expressing interest and desire is really out of James’ and his representative’s control.   James continues to enjoy all the interest and joy the character of ‘Spike’ seems to have brought to his fans and thanks everyone for their continued support.                                                                                                             
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When did he get the eyebrow scar?
When he was in college and living in Astoria-Queens in New York City. While walking home late one night after a bartending job a guy came up to him. As James says, "he just 'pasted' me with some brass knuckles saying 'gimme your money."  James mouthed off to him, and then proceeded to get "the heck beat out of me." James has said that Todd McIntosh, the makeup artist for Buffy, liked the scar and definitely accentuated it for the role of Spike.                                                                                                 back

Is James' British accent on "Buffy" real?
No, James is actually from California. He faked the accent for the show.                 
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When is his birthday?
James’ birthday is 8/20/1962.                                                                              
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Where can I send fan mail?
You can write to James via his fan mail address, which can be found here.              
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What is some of his favorite Spike dialog?
Unfortunately, his memory of doing Buffy was to get the lines right and move on to the next scene. With twenty hour days, and dumping the previous day's memorization for the next one, it's very difficult for him to come up with any specific line. He has mentioned liking  ‘he’s a biig fluffy puppy with bad teeth.’                                                       
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What is his favorite color?
Green - "the color of mother earth."                                                                      
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What are some of his favorite musical influences?
He has mentioned Kurt Cobain, Bruce Spingsteen, Bob Dylan, Tom Waites, Miles Davis, and punk rock in general, just to name a few.  He has frequently said he hears Joni Mitchell's influence when writing his melodies.                                                      
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Will he ever return to the theater?
He'd love to do serious theater, and he does miss the live interaction with an audience. However, he feels that LA is not the best theater town, and his family responsibilities have him tied to the west coast for the next 10 years or so, making the long time-commitment of a play in other locations difficult.                                                                      
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What is his favorite book?
"Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" written by Charles Mackay about 100 years ago.  It's about the gullibility of people throughout history, and what lengths they will go to to try and beat the three things that humans will never be able to avoid in their lives -- toil, death, and ignorance of the future. He finds that aspect of human nature fascinating.                                                                                   
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Did he have a favorite episode in Buffy?
The musical "Once More with Feeling." He thought it was probably as good as any episode ever produced on television. He was very proud to have been a part of it.     
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Is it hard for him to sing on stage in front of people?
He says it was scarier when performing with Ghost of the Robot because he was singing other people's lyrics that were not always in his vocal range. But now he's more comfortable performing since he is singing his own material.                                  
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Does he go online and visit all his websites or read fanfiction?
He says that celebrity can be a toxic thing psychologically and so avoids the seduction of the internet.  It's too easy to get puffed up from all the nice things fans say about him, so to stay grounded, he stays offline.                                                                       
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When did James start acting?
In fourth grade after performing as Eeyore in "Winnie The Pooh."  He found acting fun and that he had a talent for it and was hooked from then on.                                         
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How does he go about writing his songs?
He usually writes at night and at home.  He has said the chorus generally comes first, then the verses. "The lyrics might come to me just as I’m walking around and then I’ll try to find what chords these are."                                                                            
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If forced to choose between acting and music, which would it be?
Acting. He loves it and says, "I'm addicted to it."  However they are both important to him and he sees no reason to ever have to choose between them.  He enjoys "having his cake and eating it too."                                                                                       back

Does he play any other musical instruments?
No, he doesn't.                                                                                                  
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 James, where in the world would you most like to visit and why?
Half the places I visited aren’t as cool as I’d hoped.   Half of them are better, so it’s always a potshot.  I would like to visit Tibet.   I just don’t know if it will be as cool as I expect it to be.  I have high expectations of Tibet.                                                 
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The Bernard Pivot Questionnaire
from the Toronto SFX Convention, 2005 Q&A)
(thanks to the fans who sent this in)

What is your favorite word?
Exaltation, as in exaltation of doves.

What is your least favorite word?
Hate

What turns you on?
Life, but the female side of it specifically.  Women, all women.  Jeez, they're all so cool...

What turns you off?
Blindness when someone chooses to be blind. Just ignorance because you may be young or you've never done it before or whatever, that's ok.  To be blind and choose to be blind, that turns me off.

What is your favorite curse word?
F**k.  It's such a good word, you almost wish it wasn't a curse word essentially.  I mean, it's a good thing you're describing!

What sound or noise do you love?
A happy baby.

What sound or noise do you hate?
Anything metal grinding on metal. Even small pieces of it drives me crazy.

What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt?
Aah...Musician! 

Which profession would you least like to participate in?
Insurance Sales

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
I know you tried, bro.

                                                   
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Do you keep up with any of the Buffy/Angel cast members? 
No I don’t - but I think of a few of them with warmth often.                             
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Where do you see yourself in 10 years time and how do you get there?
 I see myself finally looking distinguished and making oodles of cash off of that fact. back

What advice do you have for an aspiring actor?
Make sure that you can find the joy in it.  All the actors that really make it are still just tickled about the process of acting.  Only that joy will carry you through everything else.  
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