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Feature: Angel

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Vampire rivals Angel and Spike will go their separate ways when the series finishes, but David Boreanaz and James Marsters reveal why they’ll miss being sparring partners…

Vampires angel and Spike can, famously, never agree on anything – and it appears the actors behind them have opposing views too. While James Marsters admits he’s saddened by Angel’s demise and would jump at the chance to play the bleached-haired vamp Spike again, David Boreanaz claims he’s relieved the Cult series is coming to an end. “It’s a lot of weight off my shoulders,” he sighs, staring down at the table at which he’s sat. “I’m on this strenuous set nine months out of the year and it’s really tough. Now I’ll be able to be home more with my wife and child and I’m looking forward to that.”

Whether it’s genuine relief, or the reflex reaction of a man who’s angry and upset about having his show axed, New York-born David, 33, says he’s now looking firmly towards the future. In fact, while most of his fellow cast members are hoping the show will somehow continue, whether it be on another network in America, on DVDs or a movie version, David is adamant he’ll never play brooding Angel again. When questioned about the speculation there’s going to be a two-hour movie, he raises his eyebrows and scoffs, “Speculation? God, not in my mind. It’s not going to happen – I’ll end that right here!”

Angel during a break from filming, David says he wasn’t even sad when series creator Joss Whedon told him the show was being axed. “I didn’t feel one way or the other,” he shrugs. “Being in this business, things happen and you just have to move on. I’ve always taken the show one episode at a time. When each season was over for me, that was it, done. But I felt bad for the fans, I really did, and I think it should have been handled differently. I think the network really let the fans down.”

Part of David’s complaint is that The WB, the network that airs Angel in America, should have told the cast and crew they were going to axe the show before they’d started filming the current season. Instead, they informed them halfway through, suddenly throwing all of Joss Whedon’s storyline plans for future seasons into disarray. He’d already written the season finale and has now had to hastily do rewrites to ensure ongoing storylines are neatly wrapped up and fans aren’t left in limbo. “But,” says David, “I actually had a sense that the show was not going to continue. At the beginning of this season it seemed that the network didn’t know what they wanted to do with the show.”

by Lorraine Thurlow

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