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06 November 2013 @ 02:41 pm
Interview with Marc Blucas  
The Wrap recently interviewed Marc Blucas. In it he discusses his days on Buffy and what it was like being hated.


Strangely, I have been re-watching “Buffy” and had just gotten into season four when “Necessary Roughness” began. Perfect timing, huh?

I’m surprised you still want to talk to me. Back then, I was so green. I was a business major in college and had no concept of what I was doing. Today, I can’t watch “Buffy” because I just cringe. I suck so bad in it. I got really lucky to have the opportunity, but I genuinely had no clue what I was doing.

Playing Buffy’s first post-Angel boyfriend probably didn’t help. Did you get a lot of hate mail?

I have more people hating me from “Buffy” than I do liking me. That’s the truth. But that’s fan-based, due to the story line. It’s just like, you have two people that are tortured lovers and who are supposed to be together forever. And then Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky comes in and is like, “I’m her new boyfriend!” There’s no amount of positioning Joss [Whedon] could have done. It could have been Brad Pitt in that role and I don’t think he would have been universally liked. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it’s just me they hated.

Well, Team Riley sprung up when you punched that douche-y Parker square in the face for bragging about his conquest of Buffy.

They did everything they could to set it up in a way that I could potentially be likable. And that was one of the moments. Ah! And when things are bad, Riley can fly in and deck ’em!

It’s all good now, though, right?

Now that it’s been ten years, the fans have obviously lightened up. But early on, man … I was even warned. Joss and everybody said, “Don’t go online — they're going to hate you.” I was like, “Okay.” So of course I got online after my first episode and I’m like, “Oh my god, they hate me.” And they’re like, “Yeah, we told you they’re going to hate you.”


It's interesting how some people have trouble differentiating the actor from the character. I've never liked Riley - but I certainly never hated him.

Thoughts? Did you love, hate or were you indifferent to Riley when he stepped into the series?

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Lisashipperx on November 6th, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
His greeness showed.

I remember cautioning a friend to patience with the character of Riley. She hated him (she hated Angel too, so it was in no way Bangel-related. She just thought Riley was boring beyond words). I kept counseling, "But there will be a twist. Give him time. Once he finds out the truth about the Initiative..."

It would be massively underwhelming.

It was the utterly bland way that he reacted to the sequence of Initiative reveals that had me conceding to my friend that she had been right all along. Riley was a loss. If he/the show couldn't mine the angst of Maggie and the Initiative, Riley was just going to be an ongoing well of blandsville. Told my friend in I.M. that she had been right when she called it the first time. My bad.

Edited at 2013-11-06 10:48 pm (UTC)
Tammy: spuffymusicbitch on November 7th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
I'm probably one of the few who actually liked Riley, he had his moments. And I agree, they would have hated anyone who came after Angel, but I have to wonder if Spike would have gotten the same treatment if they just went right to him. I'm glad they didn't, though, it wouldn't have worked at that point. Some people really do have a hard time separating reality and fiction, yelling at the actors for something they did on screen, or wanting a couple together just because they are in real life. It gets really ridiculous sometimes.
ever_neutral: [btvs] buffy = warriorever_neutral on November 7th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
Bangel stans are often the worst, what's new in life.

I mean, it's totally valid to dislike Riley (especially for his treatment of Buffy) / think Blucas wasn't the greatest actor. But this popular notion that Riley "stole" Buffy from Angel is just straight up psychotic nonsense jfc.
Kiki May: Anya is askingkikimay on November 7th, 2013 10:51 am (UTC)
Agreed. I'm a little sad for the guy now. I mean, he wasn't the greatest actor ever - and so wasn't DB when he began - but all this hate seems too much. I also thought that Riley was kinda boring, but he's not that bad. The problem, to me, is that he and SMG don't have chemistry.
Lisashipperx on November 7th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
What definition of "stole" are they using? That's like saying you "stole" a sweater you bought after someone gave it to GoodWill...
Beckyjoans_journal on November 8th, 2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
Agreed. This idea that Riley "stole" Buffy from Angel is news to me. I've never heard anyone claim that. Angel had already left Buffy, and she had accepted it and moved on on her own terms.
Barbrahirah on November 7th, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
I started watching in S4 (I'd previously seen some tapes and reruns of earlier seasons all out of order) and I really liked Riley, and thought he was WAY better for Buffy than that wangsty loser Angel. I was really annoyed when they wrote him out in S5, just when he was starting to acquire interesting character flaws. Of course, I didn't get into online fandom until late S5, and I had no clue how unpopular the character was.

I lost a lot of my liking for Riley in S6 when they brought him back as as Mr. Perfect whom Buffy drove away. While I think they both made mistakes, I think Riley's were more numerous and serious, and it pissed me the hell off that the writers made the breakup to be all Buffy's fault.

Edited at 2013-11-07 03:11 pm (UTC)
Snick: S4snickfic on November 8th, 2013 04:07 am (UTC)
Yep. Cosigning all of this. I still like Riley in S4, when I go back and watch. It's his S5 arc that makes me mad about him. And I've never had any ire at towards Marc Blucas - I think everyone agrees that the writing in the second half of S4 was shoddy all around.
Beckyjoans_journal on November 8th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
Good point! It wasn't Buffy's fault that her and Riley broke up. HE cheated on her. Period. What choice did she have but to let him go?