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January 18 2008

In Step With... Sarah Michelle Gellar - Parade Magazine. Sarah talks the end of Buffy, her "friendship" with Britney, the "name change," her Broadway dreams, and more.

Also some nice web-only pics, and a Buffy quiz. What more can you want? ;)

Quiz. Question 8. The "correct" answer? Incorrect, I say!

Correct me if I'm wrong. ;)

[ edited by m'cookies on 2008-01-18 21:39 ]
I think it's a trick question ("Big Bad" Spike)
"Quiz. Question 8. The "correct" answer? Incorrect, I say!"

I got it "wrong" too but look here.

[ edited by moley75 on 2008-01-18 21:58 ]
It's both a trick question and wrong. Spike got his nickname "Spike" for torturing victims with a railroad spike - or at least that's what Giles discovers. In one of the flashback episodes on Angel it seems more like Spike bestowed it on himself to seem cool. He got his nickname "William the Bloody" because his poetry was so bloody awful.

The question isn't specific about _which_ nickname they are asking for. But in any case, he didn't get EITHER nickname from people wanting to put a spike through their own foreheads because his poetry was so bad.

Yes, I'm a dweeb.
It's a poorly asked question. However, I suppose the one they consider to be correct is the right one, because Spike isn't really his nickname. It's his name.
According to Buffyworld.com's transcript for "Chosen" (Bringers have made their way to the fight and are attacking Andrew. Anya fights them off, but there are too many. While she stabs one with her sword, another slices diagonally though her torso from behind, killing her) Anya did die "saving" Andrew. It wasn't just Andrew's claim to Xander.
It's grey I think. It's not like she gets in the way of a blow meant for him BUT they are fighting together and she's fighting the same Bringers that he is, presumably if she'd killed fewer, been less in the thick of it then Andrew might have died and Anya might've lived ?

That said, the way the end is set up, Andrew definitely believes that he's lying to Xander IMO, Tom Lenk makes that very clear in his performance, so Tucker's brother, at least, doesn't think she died saving him.

And re: Spike, if there were a "None of the Above" option that'd be most correct but in the absence of that, drive spikes because of bad poetry isn't actively incorrect (i.e. it's what I went with ;).

And boy does SMG look radiantly healthy in those photos. At risk of IMDB getting the wrong idea i'd say she was positively glowing ;).
A nice, if short, interview. Interesting that Sarah has only met Britney Spears a few times... wasn't the rumour that they were friends and as a result of that the part of April the robot in I Was Made To Love You was written for Spears? So that was just a coincidence?

I agree about the Spike question, it doesn't specify which nickname they're asking for. The way it is asked, it sounds more like they're asking for where "Spike" originates than "William the Bloody".

And the Anya question is also open to interpretation. When she died, it wasn't like she literally took a bullet for someone, so to speak. But her and Andrew were fighting off Ubervamps, and as I recall he was on the ground, pretty much helpless, as Anya was killing Ubervamps and Bringers nearby, and probably significantly reducing his chances of being killed. I like to think she died as a hero, even if it was brutal and unceremonious, quite unlike the deaths of most Buffyverse main characters.

It actually always kind of annoyed me that Joss put Anya and Andrew together in the final battle. Sure, I know that they made a funny pairing, but it's a huge tactical error. Imagine all the sort of alternate possibilities- an emotional Xander/Anya scene just before the final battle would have been perfect, and was one of the storylines I was really disappointed because it did didn't recieve enough attention towards the end of the show. Or Anya and Giles, there would have definitely been a reference to their kiss in Tabula Rasa.
Interesting that Sarah has only met Britney Spears a few times... wasn't the rumour that they were friends and as a result of that the part of April the robot in I Was Made To Love You was written for Spears?



The "Gellar and Spears are best friends" thing is just one of the numerous weird, fabricated and spurious online rumours that attached themselves to SMG when she was in 'Buffy' and have since refused to go away. She's given the exact same answer to this question in the past - and yet the myth continues.

Was the April role really written with Spears in mind? I know it's one of those rumours that has kicked around forever. There is an alleged quote by Adam Busch saying she was signed on to play the role, but backed out at the last minute. However, I have never seen anything that I would consider to be reliable confirmation that she was ever actually involved.
...he didn't get EITHER nickname from people wanting to put a spike through their own foreheads because his poetry was so bad.


In "Fool for Love," one of the annoying guys at the party says: "Have you heard? They call him William the Bloody because of his bloody awful poetry!" And another replies: "It suits him. I'd rather have a railroad spike through my head than listen to that awful stuff!"

I always assumed this was what inspired him to use railroad spikes (and that the guy who said it was one of his first victims). In which case the bad-poetry thing would've led to both nicknames.

But I guess it's open to interpretation.

I thought one of the others was wrong, though--didn't Tara sabotage at least two of Willow's spells?

Anyhow, it's a nice way to waste time at work. And the pictures are lovely.
Seven seasons.

Not six.

Wish it had been 8. Or 12 or so.
You know, after seeing Paris Hilton's appearance on Veronica Mars, I think she would have made a good robot for IWMTLY...
She looks lovely in those pictures (as usual!). I would love to see her on stage.
Fans had hopes for a feature film to be spun off of Buffy, but they were dashed when Sarah insisted on reading scripts before committing.
Is this at all accurate? Was Joss all set to make a Buffy movie but didn't because SMG wanted to see a script?
SMG always said that she would consider doing a Buffy movie if she saw and liked the script.I always took it to mean that she wouldn't agree to do a movie until Joss wrote a script to show her and if it was to her liking,she would do it.

Basically I think it comes down to Sarah wanting to have some script say.She wasn't happy about some things in the later seasons but was forced to do it because she was under contract.She wants to make sure that Buffy can work in a two hour movie and service the characters well enough and probably wants to make sure she isn't forced to do certain things she doesn't agree with or think is out of character.

That's why I don't think a Buffy movie will happen until Joss himself makes the first move and presents her with what he wants to do.She's not just going to sign back on sight unseen.

[ edited by Buffyfantic on 2008-01-19 05:47 ]
#8's badly written. It has two correct answers, depending on which nickname is meant. The question implies it means "Spike," and that mislead would be fair for a clever question... if one of the "wrong" answers wasn't the correct match for that.

(I didn't remember the spike part in the poetry quote, either, but it is there in the transcript.)

[ edited by Sunfire on 2008-01-19 04:44 ]
That's why I don't think a Buffy movie will happen until Joss himself makes the first move and presents her with what he wants to do.
Exactly, that was basically my point. I don't know where the idea started that SMG kept a Buffy movie from happening. It makes no sense.
Hi, this is my first post. I am very happy to be a member here. I was thinking that if Joss ever did a Buffy movie, that he should do a massive nine hour trilogy like The Lord Of The Rings.
SMG looks gorgeous in the photos. I got tripped up on a couple of those tricky questions too.
I agree with you Ronin. Every future Buffy movie needs to be like 4 hours long and a trilogy would be awesome.
I think question # 8 is technically correct. What Giles read in the book could have been an "urban legend" kind of thing. I always thought that the line in Fool For Love ("makes you want to put a railroad spike through your head") was especially clever, as it revealed a really ironic misconception about the origin of the name. Which is technically a "nickname", since he was born William.

BTW, no one revealing their scores? I'm not sure how I feel about this, but I got 49 out of 50 (couldn't remember the name of the Colonel who took over The Initiative). The only one that was even a semi-guess was "Xander's blood pressure". Even the "trick" questions were pretty transparent.

Welcome, Ronin *waves*.
48. I messed up on the artist winning Sunday's art tally and the classical piece in Giles' presentation in Hush. Clearly I'm not particularly well-cultured.
Got 'Danse Macabre' - lovely piece of music, only just took it off my MP3 player last week, by strange coinkydink - but had to guess again on Monet (I knew Monet and Klimt were both mentioned but went for the wrong one).

The test didn't give scores did it ? I guessed again on about 5 or 6 so i'd say about 44 (though there were a few I didn't know and just fluked).
Ronin - welcome aboard :)
I must have skipped over the part where they said we should tabulate our own scores, because when I got to the end I was looking for my score and...
I did miss a couple. I admit it freely ;)
I knew it had been too long since I last did my DVD marathon: I blanked out on three questions. I feel so unworthy...
Another bad question: Buffy's past romantic entanglements. She had a huge crush on Billy Fordham in the fifth grade, but he wouldn't pay attention to her. So she's had romantic connections to all the possible answers (Scott Hope, Parker Abrahms, Owen Thurman, and Billy Fordham).
Hmm, can a romantic connection be only one way ?

Though technically, wasn't Scott Hope gay ? In which case presumably that connection was only one way too. It's both a minefield and a rollercoaster.
witchlover - Most of the interview seems paraphrased (and badly so, imo) so I wouldn't be surprised if the interviewer got some things incorrect. I don't even think the guy had the chance to sit down with Sarah by the looks of things. I was expecting a better interview since I've read much better Parade interviews.
So what would happen if Joss took his time to write a script and Sarah didn't like it?

If I was Joss I wouldn't want to waste my time that way. I can't really blame him for not wanting to go to Sarah for script approval. I think I would accept recasting if that were the case.
Xane: I don't think that would be Sarah or Joss's approach should the situation arise. If Joss wanted to do it, I'm sure it'd just be a case of them talking through his ideas over drinks first. Plus at this stage of the game, it'd be hard to fund the movie with any kind of recasting. Maybe in 20 years when physically they have to recast... but for the time being that's not the case. And much as Joss is obviously hugely responsible for the success of the show, the cast certainly played their parts well. It'd be too much of a risk without either the Buffy that people have come to recognise or the man who created the character.
Seems to me that it's absolutely standard practice for actors to read the script before accepting a part, everyone does it, what's the big deal ? She'd be a bloody idjet to commit herself to something without knowing what it entails and she's never struck me that way, quite the reverse in fact.

Personally i'm in very little doubt (and haven't been for years) that SMG's comments are basically code for "I don't really want to do it but i'm not totally ruling it out both for the fan's sake and because it's the most professional approach" but that's just my own take on it and if folk want to carry on hoping then good for them, don't see it doing much harm.

(DB is the same with Angel and that's copacetic as far as i'm concerned, it's their choice, they don't owe us)
Her reluctance is probably due to being burnt with the Scooby Doo scripts

In a interview she mentioned that she signed on to a more Adult oriented movie but they decided to go with a more kids oriented movie.
Seems to me that it's absolutely standard practice for actors to read the script before accepting a part, everyone does it, what's the big deal ? She'd be a bloody idjet to commit herself to something without knowing what it entails and she's never struck me that way, quite the reverse in fact.

Personally i'm in very little doubt (and haven't been for years) that SMG's comments are basically code for "I don't really want to do it but i'm not totally ruling it out both for the fan's sake and because it's the most professional approach" but that's just my own take on it and if folk want to carry on hoping then good for them, don't see it doing much harm.

(DB is the same with Angel and that's copacetic as far as i'm concerned, it's their choice, they don't owe us)
Saje | January 20, 00:05 CET



Most actors I tend to see like to know what they are signing onto before committing to a project.The only times you tend not to see that is if it's a high profile project like the Star Wars prequels or if their contract includes sequel clauses where they are under contract to do a second and third film no matter what.

With a T.V. show they are under contract and got no real say.It's not unreasonable for the actors to want some input into it if they come back.I remember hearing that Charisma Carpenter had script approval over,"You're Welcome" and rejected two drafts before a version to her liking was written and she signed on.James Marsters seemed to want some script approval on the proposed Spike movie.So it's not unreasonable to me that SMG wouldn't agree to a Buffy movie site unseen.

I'm sure it would be along the lines of what Impossible said.If Joss was serious he would get together with Sarah and they would talk over his ideas for the project first with some back and forth.If both were happy and wanted to do the film then they might go from there with Joss then starting on script/treatment to show her.
It really doesn't help that she looks so... Buffy in all those shots!

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