Philly Comic Con – Part 2 Bullying advice from Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

James MarstersMaymay had the best time at Wizard Wold Philadelphia Comic Con. She met some spectacular people and got to live a piece of her dream and interview people for her blog. She was very impressed by the people who sought her out to get a picture with them!  Part 1 of her experiences can be found here.

The greatest TV show of all time is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This is not up for discussion or debate. It is fact. When Maymay found out that her absolute favorite character, Spike, was here…well, she was VERY excited to speak with him. Luckily, James Marsters is one hell of an awesome guy and was more than willing to spend some time talking with Maymay about Buffy, and life in general. He was willing to answer any of Maymay’s questions and treated her with complete respect.

Maymay: What was your favorite part of being in Buffy?

JM: So many parts were wonderful. I’m a genuinely nice guy. Getting to drop my own personality and give in to the jerk underneath was incredible. You have to choose to be nice. Everyone has a moment, like in traffic, when you just want to  give into the jerk side. But you have to choose to be nice. When they called action, I got to be a jerk. And I got to mess with Sarah Gellar. That was fun.

Maymay: My mom liked Angel best, but I liked Spike the best.

JM: You have terrific taste in vampires, unlike your mom.

Maymay: I watched Buffy every morning before school. It made me feel better because Buffy was so tough and could handle the bullies. It made me feel ready for school. (She told him some of the things she’s had to deal with in school.)

JM: It’s tough being bullied. You don’t deserve that. Do you know that? (Maymay nodded her head.) You don’t deserve to be treated badly. No one does. I was bullied, and so was Sarah. It’s the worst. I’m sorry you went through that. You ever hear of Gene Roddenberry? (Maymay nodded.) Well, he was right. You have to have hope. Don’t give up hope. Don’t give up. You can’t give up on yourself. You’re incredible. Remember that. People think you can pick on someone because they are different or smaller. I’m tough. I did most of my own stunts. Sarah could’ve killed me at any time. She’s small, but tough. It’s about training and believing in yourself. Always believe in yourself.

They talked for a few more minutes and James gave Maymay a huge hug before we left. He may have become famous for playing a ruthless blood sucking vampire, but James Marsters is a class act.

 

Ralph MacchioWhen you think of 80s movies, you think of this guy. Ralph Macchio was in two of my favorite movies from the 80s, The Outsiders and Karate Kid. Maymay was very excited to get to spend a few minutes talking with him about his role in Karate Kid.

Maymay: Did you like being in Karate Kid?

RM: Yes, very much.

Maymay: How hard was it it learn karate?

RM: It was difficult, but I had a background in dance. I was a dancer first, and a lot of karate is knowing the moves. I was well trained, really well trained, but it really hurt! Karate is tough and getting hit hurts. A lot. I don’t participate in the sport anymore, but I do support the mind set and philosophy.