James Spader: Tyrant on ‘The Blacklist’ Set


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

AFI Fest 2012 - "Lincoln" Closing Night Gala Premiere - ArrivalsJAMES Spader is a tyrant on the set of his new NBC show The Blacklist.

According to American tabloid the National Enquirer, the actor is feuding with his costars, and freaking out others with his weird behavior.

Spader plays Ray Reddington, a ruthless criminal mastermind who, for mysterious reasons, has come out of hid­ing to assist the FBI on condition that he deals only with young agent Liz Keen, played by Megan Boone.

In one episode, Spader had to deliver complicated dialogue over and over for 12 frustrating takes because Megan couldn’t keep up.

“It’s a matter of experience, and it shows,” said an insider.

“James should be cutting her a break, but he’s a big bully.

“James is frus­trated, but the show is such a hit that producers aren’t about to change anything.

“He stares right through the other actors and speaks to them in the same unnerving way his character talks.

“It’s like dealing with a real psychopath”.


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  • Ted

    Ummm….I’d be frustrated too if I had complicated dialogue to deliver and my castmate wasn’t properly prepared to be doing the scene. Twelve takes is a lot to try and get something right!

    You left out a vital detail when mentioning he looks right through people: the writer in the NE said that Spader is a method actor and remains in character for the time he is working. Plus in an interview of Ryan Eggold (Tom, in the show) he said Spader is a very generous actor, and it was awesome getting to do a scene with him. At this point perhaps Boone is just not experienced enough to be in this position.

  • Petra

    I’d be pissed off to after twelve takes , stop dissing such a good actor james has got a nice manner and seems genuine and kind,

  • Edohiguma

    No. Simply no.

    Spader has a right to expect his co-star to be up to snuff. If Megan Boone is not capable of doing this and only got this lead role because she’s hot but lacks the skills to carry it, then she needs to be replaced with someone who can do it.

    • Elmo

      I don’t think they’d change the personality of the character just because they changed the actress. Besides in my opinion, on the show Boone’s character is just going through a lot, and is a heck of a lot smarter than the rest of the FBI.

  • Elmo

    Boone and Spader are both good, they both probably get frustrated, it’s not anyone’s fault! What are they, trying to make Spader look bad just because he plays a reformed criminal?

  • Elena

    I have seen “dailies” fm other shows and most are lots of takes before the director gets precisely what we see on the screen. If it’s shot w/one camera, that means more takes to have lots of angles of view.

    Perhaps Boone is intimidated by Spader’s, dare I say, gravitas. He’s worked in the bsns longer than she’s been alive.

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