For all his hypocritical behaviour, at the very least, Joss Whedon seems to not discriminate when it comes to whom he bestows his wrath. During the Inside of You Podcast with Michael Rosenbaum, Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor, James Marsters revealed some more disturbing actions from the director.
Speaking from his Los Angeles home, James Marsters shared about his experiences working with the Buffy creator. In one bizarre encounter, Whedon had allegedly yelled at Marsters because Whedon was unhappy over Spike’s popularity.
Spike, played by Marsters, was introduced into the Buffyverse in season 2. The punk rock vampire soon became a fan favourite and many were even vying for him and Buffy to end up as a couple. Whedon, who had originally intended for Spike to be a minor villain character, was not happy with this turn of events.
Marsters described the encounter during the podcast, saying that Whedon had gone on to corner him against a wall and yelled threats at him.
I don’t care how popular you are, kid, you’re dead. You hear me? Dead. Dead!’ And I was just like, ‘Uh, you know, it’s your football, man. OK.‘ “
Ironically, it seems as though Whedon himself is becoming the villain here. When Rosenbaum had asked if Whedon could have been joking, Marsters replied, “No, hell no.” He explained that Whedon had never apologised as he was angry that his vision for the show had been ruined.
This isn’t the first time Whedon has acted out over his writing plans being derailed. Actress Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase, was supposedly fired as he was angry at her for getting pregnant during the filming. Whedon has also been called out for his bad behaviour by other co-workers from the Buffy set. Recently, a couple from the stunt team alleged that Whedon threatened to fire them if they refused to break up.
Some, like former Warner Bros. co-president of production Jon Berg, have tried defending Whedon. But, their claims have mainly been rebuffed by the ever-increasing accusations against Whedon’s bad behaviour.