'Buffy's James Marsters auditioned for Eric Northman on 'True Blood'
Published May 29 2012, 06:33 BST | By Tara Fowler James Marsters
has revealed that he auditioned to play Eric Northman on True Blood
The actor, who portrayed blonde vampire Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
, confessed that he was rejected for the role on the HBO series because he was too short.
"I wanted to go to the director and say, 'Uh, Mr. [Alan] Ball, I kind of make my bread and butter by fighting tall guys'," Marsters said while speaking at the Spooky Empire horror weekend.
"Ask Tom Welling [Smallville
], ask David Boreanaz [Angel
], ask John Barrowman [Torchwood
], you know?" he added. "That's kind of what I do."
The role of Eric ultimately went to Alexander Skarsgård.
Skarsgård recently expressed an interest in playing Fifty Shades of Grey protagonist
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