Anthony Stewart Head missed the Buffy reunion, but it ‘wasn’t for lack of trying’

On Wednesday, I posted about (and got somewhat lambasted for) the 20-year reunion for the cast of the cult series Buffy the Vampire Slayer – which is now in my Hulu queue (I have some surplus time since ABC decided to cancel Time After Time on me, but, I digress). The gathering of the series’ stars for an article and photo shoot for Entertainment Weekly included Buffy herself, the ageless Sarah Michelle Gellar, as well as most of the cast, including David Boreanaz and James Marsters.

Noticeably absent from the reunion was British actor Anthony Stewart Head, who played Buffy’s watcher and mentor, Rupert Giles. It was nothing personal, it was strictly professional. Anthony was across the pond, in technical rehearsals for the revival of Terence Rattigan’s play Love in Idleness. Fun, theater geek fact: the play, set in post WWII England, was originally staged in 1944 and has not been produced in London since. The play has been running (and getting good reviews) at the Menier Chocolate Factory which, despite its delicious name, is a theater in London’s off-West End district. The production is moving to the West End’s Apollo Theater for a run from May 11 – July 1.

Anthony wistfully tweeted this on Wednesday:

Even though Anthony was missing from the photo shoot, he was not completely forgotten, as a framed portrait of him hung on the set for the shoot. He acknowledged the sweet tribute in another tweet:

Giles didn’t make the reunion, but will he ever return to the small screen? While promoting his role on the Syfy series Dominion, Anthony was asked about a possible Giles spin-off, called Ripper, which was in discussion since 2008. When Vulture asked about the project in a June, 2014 interview, referring to a quote Joss made that the show would work because Anthony (now 63-years-old) was “getting sexier every year,” Anthony replied, “Oh, bless him. You know what? I would do it. I would do anything to work with Joss again. He’s a wonderful storyteller, a great director, and a lovely man. I would love to, you know? Whether it’s Ripper or something else…”

Aaannddd…there’s been no news since then. It’s highly unlikely that a Giles-based series is in the works, especially since Joss Whedon just signed on to make a Batgirl movie, but if Buffy nostalgia reaches a frenzied peak, we may just see the curtain ring down on Anthony’s theatrical career for a brief intermission to make way for his return to TV. Stranger things have happened.

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  1. detritus says:

    I would 100% watch a Ripper show. Really, I would take anything Buffy related but ASH is lovely.

    • Marlena says:

      Yeah I would watch it too but I love ASH! I`ve been a fan since Buffy, I think he is superhot, in a british, mature kind of way. I also love how the Buffy crew tried to include him in the reunion with the picture. I love love love that there is almost no drama with the whole cast (apart from Brendon`s problems with alcohol, but I hope he is better now).

      • detritus says:

        I loved the one episode where the adults all become teens again.
        Plus ASH can sing eh? When I first heard about the musical episode I thought it would be awful… its kind of one of my favourites now.

      • Luca76 says:

        Band Candy!! Loved it would watch the s** out of Ripper or any and all Buffy related spin offs. (Except possibly Dawn related)

      • Bettyrose says:

        I’ve always liked ASH, but only in my most recent Buffy binge did I start lusting for him. Twenty years have passed in my world, but Giles hasn’t aged.

  2. WingKingdom says:

    Now where was Eliza Dushku? I can’t figure out Twitter. Anyone know if she said anything?

    • kiddo says:

      She did said something on her twitter account, she wasn’t invited because she was never series regular, go check on her timeline

      • Beatrix says:

        She was definitely more of a series regular than “Wesley.” Arguably, she and Michelle Trachtenberg were on the show for about the same amount of time -during different bursts, of course. I missed Faith, I loved her character.

      • Harper says:

        I assumed by “series regular,” they meant she was never in the opening credits, which Michelle Trachtenberg was. You’re right that Alexis Denisof wasn’t, although did become a regular on Angel, so he was a Buffy-verse regular, at least. Still, I’m guessing his place in the reunion is more to do with the fact that he’s married to Alyson Hannigan, and that he and Joss have obviously stayed friendly, as Joss keeps casting him in his other projects. It definitely would have been nice to see Eliza Dushku there, though.

      • Bridget says:

        Series regular is something specifically defined – they’re in the credits. There is no “arguably” as it’s something that’s spelled out in contracts. Dushku was never a regular.

        Denisof was a regular on Angel and was also likely included because he was already there since he’s married to Hanigan.

      • Sigh says:

        And aren’t Alyson and Alexis godparents to one of Joss’ kids? I think I remember Joss saying something along those lines.

  3. TeamAwesome says:

    Mmm mmm mmm, yes he does, Joss.
    Put him on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD!!! He could be evil or good, as he does both quite well.

  4. Mia4s says:

    He really does look great! Giles was always my favourite.

    • I Choose Me says:

      He does. I’ve thought he was sexy af ever since his Taster’s Choice commercial days and that hasn’t changed.

      • Chaine says:

        Lol, that’s what I was just thinking, remember when he was just the coffee guy… we old!

  5. Mary Sia says:

    He is on the longlist/ wishlist for Doctor Who once Peter Capaldi is gone…so who knows for Buffy spin-off..

    • SusanneToo says:

      I could go with that. He was so great as Mr. Finch in DW.

    • zenkitty says:

      Oh, I so wish that would happen! With ASH as the Doctor, I would have a reason to feel excited about DW again!

  6. Lindy says:

    Giles was always my favorite. Always. I would take him over Spike and Angel both. His singing in the musical episode was amazing, and I would love to see a Giles spinoff. (Ummm, true confession: I may have just downloaded to my Kindle my favorite Giles-centric Buffy fanfic from the old days, haha).

    • Mophita121 says:

      I agree! I’d pick Giles all day every day over Spike and Angel.

      • Raina says:

        He’s sexy. As an aside, I had to read his name several times because it felt wrong to me, I couldn’t wrap my head around it…pun just a little intended. It’s early and I’m a dork, sorry. I’ll see myself out.

  7. mee says:

    wow, i thought he was ancient 20 years ago and now i think he looks great and hot! the dynamics of male/female aging. i did like giles – great character. loved the whole show.

  8. Spiderpig says:

    I saw the play last week, he’s fabulous onstage.

  9. Sigh says:

    Man I love Tony!!!❤️❤️❤️

    One of my favorite episodes was Xander lamenting being left behind on a mission and referring to Giles and ‘crusty old Alfred.’

    Giles response. “I sir, am no Alfred. Alfred had a JOB.” I think the episode was the Yoko Effect?

  10. leidub311 says:

    Giles was always the sexiest, loyalest, awesome man that show.
    Season 1 is fun, but the show gets excellent starting season 2! Good decision Corey!

  11. kri says:

    Giles-forever crush. Buffy was a TV masterpiece. End of.

  12. Lucy2 says:

    I was a teenager when the show first aired, and I always thought of him as the adult, but when I watched it later in life…damn! And the singing, swoon.

  13. serena says:

    Awww he’s really handsome! He’ll be forever Mr. Giles for me.

  14. Elise says:

    I’d watch just about anything with ASH in it. Ripper would be amazing. Doctor Who would be fabulous. I even put up with Merlin for ASH.

    Was Brendon at the reunion? I haven’t seen him mentioned. I don’t pay for Hulu, so I won’t be able to see it *sob*.

  15. paranormalgirl says:

    Love ASH. Totally love him.