James Spader recently sat down with Playboy and among dishing about his sexual fantasies as an adolescent (read all about that here), he also spoke about his hit NBC thriller “The Blacklist,” teasing that the upcoming second season will build even more mythology than Season 1 did.
On the work ethic behind “The Blacklist”: “This has been one of the hardest years in my career — and it’s been wonderful. A television show is your life. It swallows you whole and chews you up but refuses to spit you out. And on a brand-new television show, the writers don’t know how the f*** to write it yet. The actors don’t know how the f*** to play it yet. The editors don’t know how to edit it yet. Composers don’t know how to compose it yet. The crew doesn’t know how to shoot it yet. I work very hard on the show, and I’m lucky because it’s a wonderful character who’s great fun to play. I work closely with the people I make the show with. It’s a lot of time spent when all of us might rather be spending time with our families or doing something else.”
On “The Blacklist’s” upcoming season: “‘The Blacklist’ is this strange amalgamation of a serial and a procedural. But if you watch it every week, if you care to stay with it this season, there’s also a much larger mythology to it. It has become something else.”
On whether or not the roles he plays reflect his true self: “I think in some of my earlier work I was sort of hiding, and that’s why I played so many bad guys. I liked being hired to play somebody who was so different from me. If you’re not actually a bad guy, just the fact that you’re comfortable with certain things — such as, say, sexuality — means you can tap into things that others can’t.”
On his initial reservations with “Avengers: Age of Ultron”: “I told them, ‘I’m very conscious that how your character enters this universe is very important. You’re not going to enter twice, so I want to make sure it’s the best entrance.’ They said, ‘The title of the movie is Avengers: Age of Ultron.’ You’re Ultron. That’s the best entrance anyone can have.'”