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Anthony Stewart Head: Interviews

21 January 2012 Leave a comment

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2012

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Anthony Stewart Head Tells MSN He Would “Jump At The Chance” To Do A Buffy Reunion

11 January 2012 1 comment

05/01/2012 13:00 | By Emma Roberts, Entertainment reporter, MSN Entertainment

Anthony Head: ‘I would jump at the chance to do a Buffy reunion’

It’s the news that every Buffy The Vampire Slayer fan has been dying to hear – Anthony Head, who played Giles in the cult TV show, tells MSN that he would be happy reunite with the cast.

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When we caught up with Anthony Head at the premiere of his new movie The Iron Lady, we couldn’t resist the chance to ask him about one of the biggest cult television shows of all time; Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

We, like millions of Buffy fans across the globe, wanted to know if the actor, who famously portrayed Buffy’s ‘watcher’ Giles on the show, would ever consider doing a reunion with the cast in the form of a one-off television episode or a movie.

His answer got us very excited indeed.

Anthony said: “If Joss Whedon [the creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer] was involved, I would jump at the chance. I would do anything. I would even just do one line, just because I think that the man is a genius and I love him.”

It’s clear that Anthony still holds a torch for the massively popular show and the fact that he seems so eager to do a reunion is a very positive sign for Buffy fans.

The actor also revealed that he still sees the Buffy crew on a regular basis and that they’re all “constantly in contact.”

He mentioned that he had “missed Sarah [Michelle Gellar] this time” as they were both working on television shows, but he had recently spent time with the rest of the cast.

How cool is that? We can just imagine all the Buffy cast chilling together and reminiscing about the good old days.

So, seeing as the cast are still buddies, surely a reunion must be on the cards? Well, it looks like it’s all in the hands of the up to the show’s creator, Joss Whedon…
Random interview observation
Anthony was incredibly friendly and somewhat of a stud muffin on the red carpet – we spied several ladies stopping to have their pictures taken with him!

Original Interview at MSN

Anthony Stewart Head Taks The Iron Lady with About.com

5 January 2012 Leave a comment

Anthony Head Interview – The Iron Lady

Anthony Head (Merlin, Free Agents) stars in a film that’s being touted as a potential Oscar contender: The Iron Lady. Oscar winner Meryl Streep stars as the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher, and according to Head she’s incredible in the role.

On the red carpet at the Syfy/E! party at the 2011 Comic Con, Head talked about Streep as Thatcher, playing Thatcher’s right-hand man Geoffrey Howe (the architect of her economic plan), meeting the real Howe, researching the role, how this story is a King Lear for a new generation, and the film’s theme of power and what happens when it’s taken away:

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The Iron Lady stars Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Anthony Head, and Richard E Grant, and will be released in theaters on December 16, 2011.

The Iron Lady Synopsis:
The Iron Lady is a surprising and intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom. One of the 20th century’s most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male dominated world.

Anthony Stewart Head in The Iron Lady (trailer)

20 November 2011 Leave a comment

Anthony Stewart Head Talks Free Agents and Buffy with Collider

29 August 2011 Leave a comment

Anthony Stewart Head Talks FREE AGENTS and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

by Christina Radish    Posted: August 23rd, 2011

Based on the popular UK series of the same name, Free Agents (premiering September 21st on NBC) is a romantic comedy that explores the trials and tribulations of finding love and companionship, the second time around. Newly divorced Alex (Hank Azaria) is missing his kids and trying to keep himself together. His co-worker Helen (Kathryn Hahn) thinks she has it together, but drinks too much in order to cope with her fiancé’s untimely death. After these two overworked PR executives share one night of passion, they are forced to cope with the awkward aftermath, while surrounded by an array of co-workers – which includes office boss, Stephen (Anthony Stewart Head, reprising his role from the original) – who are both helpful and meddling, at the same time.

During an interview to promote the new series, actor Anthony Stewart Head talked about the differences in the American version of the series, how fun it is to play someone who doesn’t have a care in the world, and that the comedy comes from human emotion and the messiness of real life. He also talked about how he still keeps in touch with his Buffy the Vampire Slayer co-stars, and what a hideous idea he thinks it is to remake the original film without any involvement from Joss Whedon. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Question: How different is this version from the Britishversion, and are you playing the same role?

ANTHONY STEWART HEAD: I’m playing the same basic role, which is a guy who owns and runs the office. He has a different view of life. He’s an exhibitionist, in many ways. He’s just inappropriate, on every level. So, that’s the same. But ultimately, we will get to see a lot more of what makes him tick. It’s going to be more about the ensemble. It’s a translation.

Did they come to you in London and say, “We’d like to transfer this show to America, and we’d like you to do it”?

 

HEAD: Yeah, which was very nice and very cool.

 

Why did you decide to do this role again?

HEAD: Because it’s a lot of fun playing somebody who doesn’t have a care in the world. Also, it’s great playing comedy like this. It’s beautifully written. It’s got a great soul and a great heart to it. You don’t often get scripts like this. It was a no-brainer.

When you were doing Buffy, you had said how hard it was to go back and forth all the time. Is it any easier to shoot in L.A. this time?

HEAD: My kids are older and my partner’s work is basically taking her backwards and forwards. In fact, she’s doing lots of stuff around Europe, teaching and writing. We’re more mobile than we were. Both my girls are actresses, and they’re doing really, really well. Both of them have booked jobs, in the time that I’m shooting this.

Did they talk to you about who would be cast in this?

HEAD: We talked about Hank [Azaria] and Kathryn [Hahn]. I didn’t know the other guys particularly, but they told me Hank and Kathryn were doing it, and I was thrilled. The show that we made in England is the starting point for this show. It’s a bouncing off place, in the same way that waking up in bed together is the starting place for the show. It’s where we go from there, which makes it an interesting journey.

Aside from the fact that the British version only ran for six episodes, is there any difference in your character?

HEAD: Yes. It was originally set in a management office, and now it’s set in the world of , which is a completely different world. I can’t say there’s an arc because they’re going to be standalone episodes, but we’re going to have quite a lot of fun with it. This is American TV, not British TV.

 

How do you think the comedy in this version?

HEAD: When it’s comedy like this, which is witty and sassy, and based on real emotions and the messiness of real life, I think it basically translates the same. There are human emotions involved. With both the English show and the pilot of this, you want to know what happens to these people’s lives.

This series is romantic tension in reverse, in that they’ve already done it and now they’re trying to undo it, unlike most series, where you’re waiting to see if they are ever going to do it. Where do you go from there?

HEAD: There’s an attraction between them, but the bottom line is, “Are they right for each other?” They’ll have to play that out in the workplace, trying to have a business relationship, as well as her trying to help him as a friend, as much as having been a lover. It makes perfect sense. It has to be open-ended because you have no idea. There isn’t a real obvious conclusion.

What’s it like to be back on broadcast TV, at the same time as Sarah Michelle Gellar?

HEAD: I know, that is extraordinary. It’s cool. It’s nice to see everybody working. I keep in touch with everybody. We’re still a distant family. It’s going to be nice, being in L.A. and being able to see everybody.

Do you keep in touch with Joss Whedon, too?

HEAD: Oh, yeah. I saw him at Comic-Con.

How was Comic-Con for you?

HEAD: Comic-Con is a bizarre world. It’s wonderful. It’s nice, feeling the love. Everywhere you walk, you feel the love. I’m fortunate because people can’t put a label on me, which I embrace wholeheartedly. I’m taken under the sci-fi world’s wing and the fantasy world’s wing, but at the same time, I can do a show like this, which is about reality and real life. People don’t seem to be able to pigeonhole me yet, which is great.

What are your thoughts on the new Buffy movie?

HEAD: Joss wasn’t asked to do it. In fact, I think they went to great lengths not to ask him. I think it’s a hideous idea. Ultimately, he had the idea when he was 19. They changed the original concept, and I’m very glad that they’ve done very well with it ever since. All the power to them. But, I don’t think you take someone’s concept of something and then say, “Well, actually, we’re going to remake our concept of somebody else’s concept.” It’s nonsense. Not that I feel strongly about it.

Original Interview at Collider

io9 Interview Anthony Stewart Head

17 August 2011 Leave a comment


How Anthony Stewart Head Feels About What Happened to Giles

Rupert “Ripper” Giles is a mainstay of Buffy the Vampire Slayer — even when he went off to Britain to ride horses, he was still a vital part of Buffy’s messed-up world.

So how does actor Anthony Stewart Head feel about what happened to the awesome character he helped to create? We asked him.

Spoilers below…

“It sucks, doesn’t it,” Head says about the death of Rupert Giles in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics. But he adds:

But Giles kind of had to go, you know. And I kind of understand. It was a bit of a blow when I heard. Somebody said, ‘Ooh, ooh! Giles! Did you hear?’ ‘What?’ ‘He’s dead.’ ‘Oh. That sucks.’

But at least Head adds that he’s heard there are “interesting ideas afoot” for the Buffyverse. These may not necessarily include bringing back Giles — but “they’re interesting plans, as only something in the Whedonverse could possibly be.”

When asked whether he’ll ever play Giles again, Head just gives us a pitying look. At the same time, he says “Never say never” — especially when it comes to the works of Joss Whedon.

Meanwhile, Head also says that he’s going to be doing a kind of “Madness of King George” riff in his role as Uther Pendragon in the upcoming fourth season of Merlin, which sounds like fun. And he reiterated what he said when he moderated the panel on NBC’s new magical cop show Grimm — he’d love to appear on Grimm, especially since the producers have promised to kill him off in some gruesomely interesting way.

We talked to Anthony Stewart Head at the Syfy/E! party at Comic-Con.

Original interview at io9

She Knows Interview Anthony Stewart Head

1 August 2011 Leave a comment

Anthony Head goes royal on Merlin


ANTHONY GIVES US A GIGGLE

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 by Jenna Busch

Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) plays the ruthless King Uther in the hit BBC show Merlin. In real life, it’s quite a different story!

I was lucky enough to moderate the Merlin panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and I got an exclusive chat with Head backstage. Just try and get through this video interview without cracking up!

He played Giles, the librarian-watcher in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is now the dark king on BBC’s Merlin.

In our interview, Anthony Head begins as “Anthea, Spirit of the Throne.” He had me rolling on the floor laughing with his voices.

We also got some great info on his character, Uther’s relationship with Morgana and the unfortunate way he broke co-star Bradley James’ concentration during a scene.

Check out our video interview below.

Anthony Head Q&A

 

Original Interview at She Knows

 

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