Which Buffy star was almost Picard's clone in Star Trek: Nemesis?

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Jun 26, 2015, 12:07 PM EDT

Star Trek: Nemesis may have sadly ended up being a commercial flop, but it at least sort of jump-started a young Tom Hardy's (Bane in The Dark Knight Rises) career when he played the villainous Shinzon, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard's (Sir Patrick Stewart) clone. But did you know there was a Buffy actor who also auditioned for the role?

In an interview with the Australian Associated Press, Buffy actor James Marsters revealed that he auditioned for the part of Shinzon, Picard's clone on Nemesis.

Unfortunately, the actor reveals how he missed out on the role:

"They were looking at me to play Patrick Stewart's clone in a Star Trek film and I went and auditioned,"

"I don't think I sucked eggs, but I didn't do well enough.

"But I wish I had, I would have been proud to be Patrick Stewart's clone.

James Marsters may not have scored the role of Picard's clone on Star Trek: Nemesis, but he got into the hearts of Buffy fans everywhere by playing Spike, the other vampire with a soul on seven seasons of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and one season (the last) of Angel.

As for Star Trek, Marsters isn't finished with it yet, revealing:

"I have an idea for a Star Trek series but I haven't shopped it yet."

Do you think James Marsters would have made a great Shinzon on Star Trek: Nemesis? Or do you think it worked best with Tom Hardy in the role of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard's clone?

(The Australian Associated Press via Trek Web)