Some actors love to return to the roles that made them famous. The late Richard Hatch stayed involved with the reboot of “Battlestar Galactica” after starring in the original. Dante Basco loved playing Rufio so much that he is using Kickstarter to fund a prequel to Hook. A similar nostalgia is not felt by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel” and “Bones” star David Boreanaz, who refuses to go back to the well.
Boreanaz starred in a total of 169 episodes across Joss Whedon’s vampire shows as Angel, an immortal and tormented vampire with a soul who fought against others of his kind. When asked if he would ever consider participating in a remake (via Parade), Boreanaz was adamantly against the idea.
“No, never; that’s done, see ya, next,” he said, leaving little room for ambiguity. Still, his reasons were more than understandable, and he was certain to validate the series most passionate fans. He continued on to say, “I have no problem with the cult audience, and I would totally get back into the genre, but I’m not a big reunion guy. I tend to like to go forward. I don’t like to go backward.”
To contrast, series lead Sarah Michelle Gellar was more open minded to the idea of a remake or continuation when asked about it recently. She didn’t shut the idea down, but she seems to feel that for the love of Buffy, let the Slayer find some peace “somewhere on a beautiful beach located far away from any Hellmouth.”
Of course, despite the series’ leads hope for quiet endings for their characters, Buffy and Angel never stopped fighting evil. Dark Horse has published ongoing series following Buffy, Angel, and renegade vampire slayer Faith pretty much since the TV series ended. They’ve even structured them after the TV shows and titled them after the series, such as the ongoing “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11.”
Even if Boreanaz wanted to continue on as Angel, it would be a tough sell. As he and fellow vampire James Marsters (soon to be on “Marvel’s Runaways”) pointed out, Spike and Angel are immortal vampires. The actors playing them are only human, and therefore mortal. Boreanaz — who wraps up a 12-season run on “Bones” this March — may still be a handsome gentleman, but he’s not 28 anymore. It would be hard to believe that he was the same unaging vampire he played on TV 20 years ago.
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