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James Marsters joins Star Wars - but not as Anakin Skywalker

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 5th 2008 4:26PM
james marsters the cwIn an interview with StarWars.com (yeah, I go there) former Buffy the Vampire Slayer baddie James Marsters talks about his new character, Captain Argyus, who he voices on tonight's ep of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. But, here's the interesting news: Marsters says George Lucas once considered him for the role of Anakin Skywalker for the Star Wars prequel films.

"When George Lucas was casting The Phantom Menace he, for one day maybe, considered me for the role of Anakin Skywalker and possibly found that I was too old," Marsters told StarWars.com.

Too old? That's an understatement. Anakin Skywalker was a wamp rat-fearing tween in The Phantom Menace. Marsters was 37 when that film came out! Maybe Lucas was eying him to play an older Anakin in the prequels that followed Menace? Either that, or Lucas is far more out of touch than most people think he is. (That's a scary thought). Anyway, Marsters would've also been too old to play the 20-something Anakin we saw in the later prequels. Dude's in his late forties already.

Still, I can't help but wonder what those movies would have been like with Marsters in the lead role instead of Hayden Christensen, aka Mannequin Skywalker. I'm sure they still would've been pretty terrible, just different.

So, for those James Marsters fans who can't get enough of the guy, you can hear his voice on Clone Wars and see him sometime soon in Moonshot, a TV movie about the Apollo 11 moon landing. I won't be watching Clone Wars tonight, mostly because I'm not six years old, but I am a Marsters fan. He's a great actor, and I always find him to be quite charming and genuine in interviews. Check out what he has to say about his penchant for sci-fi TV shows and movies:

"I believe sci-fi and horror function as a jester. Back in the Middle Ages the jester was a fool and was the only one who could call the king a fat idiot, as long as he was funny. In sci-fi, as long as you're talking about vampires and Clone Wars and bugs attacking nature, then we can be honest about human beings. We allow the audience to be blindsided and can really be brave about the theme."

Tonight's ep of Clone Wars airs at 9 p.m. (Eastern) on Cartoon Network.

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I certainly would have paid more attention to the movies if he had been in them. *swoon*

December 07 2008 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Spoiler to save people time

lightsaber through the chest.

December 06 2008 at 12:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Man, I know he's way past his prime, but I would have loved to have seen him as Anakin...I'm sure he would have found a way to single-handedly make those movies good. I know that's saying a lot, but c'mon it's Spike!

December 05 2008 at 11:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Tobias's comment

Agree 100%!!!

December 06 2008 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You can catch him on HBO or Showtime or something tomorrow; in PS I Love You. That movie had some major maleness in it. Otherwise awful. :-)

December 05 2008 at 6:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Or maybe Lucas had absolutely no idea what the first movie was going to be about at the time when he was considering actors for the role of Anakin. Like, was the first movie going to focus on Anakin as an adult or child?

December 05 2008 at 6:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Franklin's comment

Impossible, because *snicker* lucas had the WHOLE story all laid out back in the 70's when he made the first movie.

December 05 2008 at 10:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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