James Wesley Marsters (born August 20, 1962) is an actor, best known for playing the popular character Spike, a vampire, in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series Angel.
- Spike's was a very simple philosophy when we met him. I think that now he is forming one, and I think that the best thing that he has come up with so far is that a lot of being human is about degradation and pain and humiliation. I think he's starting to understand that for the first time. I think he got away from that by becoming a vampire and that's why he was so keen to stop being human, but he's getting back to being human now.
- I was uncomfortable with smoking too much because a lot of young kids watch and I didn't want to make that cool.
- James Marsters on Life After Buffy [specific citation needed]
- I have turned roles down because they are rapists. It's something I don't even want to watch. If I even click on it on TV, I have to click it off or I'll put my foot through the screen... What you see on that screen is just my terror at having to do that scene.
- James Marsters on Life After Buffy, on the rape scene in Buffy the Vampire Slayer "Seeing Red" [specific citation needed]
- I don't really feel sexy when I do love scenes because when I kiss a girl or a guy I want to be the one to decide to do that. And if someone says "OK, kiss him!" and you are getting paid for it, what is your profession? I don't want to be a prostitute being told stuff like "Show us your boob!", you know. So for me it really is a very uncomfortable day whenever you shoot that stuff. And so what you really is someone that you trust and feel comfortable with and someone who you really think has your back as a friend.
- It's just not sexy. It doesn't matter how cute the girl is… When I kiss somebody in life, I decide to kiss somebody in life. But when someone says "Do it, or…" And when you're kissing somebody, the word action for me translates to that statement. So I don't ever feel that, you know, manly about it. Plus whenever you got two people people facing each other it's always hard for the light to get into the eyes. They're always trying to get light into the eyes so you can see what's going on. And the closer the people stand the harder that lighting becomes and the more specific you have to be about where your head is which is particularly hard for me. So when you're kissing somebody it really is surgical. When you go in there and if you go in there like this as opposed to like that [minor head movement] you blow the take! Plus, if you kiss somebody with pleasure, it doesn't look good. If it feels good, it looks terrible. So you've got to kiss for camera which means you're feeling almost nothing anyway. So it is a very strange situation especially for me.
- He (Spike) probably fell in love with Buffy when he first saw her, but didn't admit it to himself because he was already in love with Dru...
- James Marsters, 2002 
- I'm a psychopath, but I don't have a problem with that.
- [Spike] is a sadist and he is never happier than when he is hurting people or killing people, but he is truly, sincerely, deeply in love with Drusilla.
- I'm really interested with the way light plays on images and one of the artists that really reawakened my interest in comic books was Frank Miller and his treatment of Daredevil, and then Wolverine and, of course, Batman.