Monday, September 27, 2010

Eliza Dushku turned down a Buffy spinoff!

  Back in the day, right before "Buffy the vampire slayer" ended its seven year run, there were rumours floating around stating that actress Eliza Dushku was offered to continue to play her character, Faith, in a new series. However, that project never took off and the Buffyverse never came back.

  Seven years later, Dushku has confirmed that old rumour to SFX, stating she "met with Joss and [writer] Tim Minear and spoke about the potential for a Faith spinoff. But Buffy had... gone on [for] seven years and Joss [said] he couldn't play the kind of day-to-day role he had on [that show]."

  She admits that Whedon's decision influenced on her final say on not pursuing the new series. "It wasn't that I felt... it wasn't right [without Joss] but it was a contributing factor," she states. "On top of it, I had just played this character for almost five years [and] it felt like time to explore a different role."
  By how things turned out, it might seem as if she made the wrong choice but Dushku does not look back. She adds: "I ended up making a decision that... I don't regret, [although] in hindsight maybe the talks could have continued a bit longer."
  I really think it is a shame that they did not get to produce the show and give it a try. Faith was a very dark and interesting character, and would have made a great show. However I can see how Whedon's lack of involvement could have influenced on her decision. They still should do a Buffy movie though! What do you think? Did Eliza made the right choice? Sound off in the comments!


  1. No Whedon. She made the right decision.

  2. The problem she has though is that while she was utterly convincing as Faith she's entirely unconvincing as any other character. She knows acting in a technical sense and has great experience but she can't inhabit roles the way others can.

  3. Thank you for your comments! I have to say that I personally loved Eliza in "Dollhouse" and thought she did a great job as an actress. However, I must admit (as Kirby Fan has pointed out) that her character was sometimes remiscent of Faith. Even so, I loved her on "Bring it on" and even enjoyed a couple of episodes of "Tru Calling" (though I didn't follow it religiously). I think a Faith spin-off (with Whedon involved, of course) would have been a huge hit but I understand that she wanted to try other things.