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Marsters Monday – Ted Tunney (The Mountain)

Weekly feature to highlight a non-Spike role played by James Marsters


Role: Ted Tunney
TV Series: The Mountain

Episode: A Piece of the Rock
Aired: November 21, 2004 (Season 1, Episode 8)

Video Credit: Ray Summers

Video Credit: Liz9162


Regarding his guest starring role on The Mountain courtesy of http://jamesdb.com/

(10-04 Halloween UK Event)

Can you tell us about your role in “The Mountain?”

It was actually very good! The producers and the WB was really pressuring me to do a lot of press about it, which they never talked about going in and my publicist said it would be very bad for me to do press for any guest star role for a one week appearance. It looks HORRIBLE if you run out and start talking about a Big New Role for me that lasts 30 minutes, ya know…(laughs) But I took it because the role was of a flawed man and I like flawed characters because I think they give you meat that you can really dig into. I play an alcoholic father of a kid who ruins his chances to go to college, but loves his son a LOT, infinitely anyway. They guy playing my son is a guy named Penn who is a really good actor. He’s one of those actors where you can just look at him and he hangs with you and we can just improvise and jazz it together. And he loves jazz, like I do. So on that level it was really great. They filmed me for four days instead of the agreed upon two, but that’s television. Television happens. Plus, Vancouver rocks! I had half the day in Vancouver to walk around, which was really good.

(4-05 Houston)

I had a hard time watching you on “The Mountain” because it really hit close to home for me. I had an alcoholic father – what made you decide on that role?

Yes, it is very hard for me too to talk about alcoholic parents. But the reason that I took it is that I like to play characters that are fallible, that aren’t perfect. I like to try to get the audience to try and feel something for somebody that they may pass over in life, and maybe quickly judge, and try to show a little more…coz I think that when that happens, when it’s the type of person that we normally don’t really spend enough time trying to understand and that kind of person gets opened up to us from a storyteller? For me, that’s a really powerful experience. So that’s why I took the role. He was just a very, very imperfect man but yet a lot of love for his son. But at the same time, it was very tough for me. (mimics cursing to himself, what a SOB!) But maybe I needed to understand him too.

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  1. Deb says:

    Thanks for posting this! I appreciate all you do to keep us newer fans up to date. I thought I knew all his guest roles. I have never even heard of this show before. Do we know if ita available somewhere?

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