There were so many great moments from the recent Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast reunion produced by People and Entertainment Weekly, we may never get a chance to discuss them all. Yesterday, we looked back on the gut-wrenching episode The Body from Season 6, one Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar said she can’t watch, even to this day. Today, I wanted to highlight conversations and revelations the “Scooby Gang” made while reminiscing on fan-favorite Hush from Season 4.
Hush was unique for more than one reason. A plot-point that saw half the episode delivered without dialog was as clever as the fiendish Gentlemen (demons who stole the voices of everyone in Sunnyvale) were terrifying! The slender, well-dressed apparitions sported sinister chrome grins and commanded a fleet on straight-jacket wearing minions.
You might think an episode with limited dialog would be a cakewalk for cast and crew, but that wasn’t the case. Showrunner Joss Whedon had every movement mapped out to the inch. James Marsters (Spike) recalls: “Joss was specific about direction. Like, every little moment. ‘Nope, that was beautiful, but you need to do it half a second later than you did it’.”
Gellar agrees: “I couldn’t wait for [Hush]. It was just a week of not having to learn lines. [But] it was so hard. It was so hard. I was never so tired physically exhausted.”
Alyson Hannigan (Willow) further concurs: “Probably one of the hardest episodes.”
Amber Benson (Tara) has another recollection: “No one wanted to sit at lunch with [The Gentlemen]. I felt really bad.”
That’s because they’re so damn scary! The reunion doesn’t mention, however, that the tallest Gentleman of the bunch was played by lauded creature actor Doug Jones, adored for roles including The Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth and Abe Sapien in the Hellboy movies.
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Join the reminiscing by revisiting a few of Hush’s creepiest clips below. And don’t forget to check out the reunion in its entirety on People’s PEN network, HERE.