Andrew J. Ferchland, now aged 30, has played just the Anointed One, the worthy successor of the Master, in seasons 1 and 2. For Buffy Angel Show, he returned to his memories of filming and gives us some Anecdotes unpublished. It also gives us the background of his thoughts on the HD version of Buffy and enlightens us about the death of his character.
Thank you to him for agreeing to participate in our interview…
You have 10 years at the time when you have interpreted « The anointed one » in the show. How was the cast and crew with you? and Joss Whedon ?
The cast and crew were wonderful to work with. Great filmmakers like Joss understand that filmmaking is so collaborative, he was always open to whatever I brought to the character, I felt very supported in my work. I didn’t actually get to work with too many of the cast for great lengths of time since being the bad guy I spent most of my time in that underground cathedral. Mark Metcalf was tremendous, and I enjoyed our scenes together. I recently ran into Juliet Landau at Whedonopolis and it was great catching up with her, she’s just so ridiculously nice.
Your character dies prematurely at the beginning of season 2, so we expected to see more time on the screen. Did you know what was originally planned for your character ?
Would you have liked play more scenes in the show ?
I felt that as I was getting close to dying in season two that my character was really just starting to hit his stride, getting one liners and final quips. « I hate that girl. » Etc. It was starting to feel playful to me, and I was enjoying the role. I would have enjoyed more time to really play in the character, but I feel that the death was correct in its timing and it really served the story well.
You will interpret a vampire in the show. Nevertheless, we have never seen you with a vampire mask on the screen. Why ?
I can’t answer that question with complete authority, but my best guess is that it was business related. As a child actor you have limits on how long you can work on set, due to state regulations and union rules. Vampire makeup would take hours to apply, and my time to work was valuable, half my day could have been spent in the makeup chair instead of shooting. I had teeth made, and we did a scene with them in once, but in the end they chose the alternate version without them. Somewhere out there is footage with the Anointed One with teeth, I’m sure it’ll come out someday.
Follow you Buffy when broadcast ? If so, do you have a favorite episode ?
Watching my self is always cringeworthy, I’m too close to it so I can’t really enjoy it. I always remember a better take, or a choice I made didn’t play the way I really wanted it to etc. As the years have gone by I’m way more forgiving of my self and I can actually enjoy projects I’ve been in as long has some time has passed.
You gave your opinion about HD Buffy. What do you dislike about this version ?
As an actor I always respected the hard work the crews and filmmakers put into their work. As a filmmaker now I appreciate it that much more. Filmmaking is a collaborative art form that requires thousands of hours of planning, writing, shooting, and finally editing. Dozens to hundreds of people have put their mark on a project in small and large ways and it’s a labor of love. I feel, respectfully, that based on what I’ve seen from the HD versions that the changes in color tone, framing, and other strange additions have tarnished the original footage. Instead of cleaning and updating a classic, they did a quick scan and tossed it on a disk. It’s unfortunate, perhaps one day a classic version will be released in HD.
Since 1993 you have multiplied the roles when you were a child. Is it difficult to grow in the world of television? How behaved friends with you ?
Acting as a child was a wonderful way to grow up. I loved the experience, I loved the work, I thoroughly enjoyed traveling and being able to experience the world the way I did all those years. I had some acquaintances who were also child actors and I enjoyed my time with them when we audition or worked together on different projects, but most of my time I spent with friends outside of the business. They didn’t treat me any differently as far as I can tell, and we had great times just being kids.