Here is another interview with David! Also, be sure to catch him on Alias tonight!!!!
In an interview early in the season, "Alias" star Rachel Nichols, who plays neophyte agent Rachel Gibson, protege of pregnant CIA superspy Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner), said, "I hope they bring Sark back because, hey, who doesn't like a little David Anders?"
"Exactly," Anders says. "But she likes to include 'little,' a 'little David Anders.' How about, a nosh of Anders?" On Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC, Anders returns to "Alias" to reprise the role of Julian Sark, Sydney's nefarious spy nemesis.
"The episode's called 'Bob,' and that's all I'll tell ya," Anders says. "It's another name for Julian. He has many hats, many names and many designer clothes."
Sark began as a recurring character that caught on with fans and became a regular. Last year, in season four of "Alias," he went back to recurring status, appearing in a couple of episodes. "Bob" marks Sark's first appearance in season five, which has been announced to be the last for "Alias."
Interestingly enough, although the Oregon-born Anders affected a convincing British accent for Sark, "Bob" offers a bit of a switcheroo.
"Most of the time on this episode," Anders says, "I had to affect an American accent. It was kind of imposing [when I guest-starred on CBS' 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'], because I'd never done an American accent on film. But this time, I felt right at home being myself, I guess."
In his off-time from "Alias" in the fall of 2004, Anders played a lab tech on the flagship show of the "CSI" franchise. But this November, he played a sadistic killer in the second show of the franchise, "CSI: Miami," as part of a crossover episode with the latest addition, "CSI: NY."
"Maybe they're setting me up to be an uber-sociopathic villain that closes out all three shows," quips Anders.
In "Bob," Sydney and Rachel must join forces with Sark to prevent a bomb landing in the wrong hands. Considering the longstanding enmity between Sydney and Sark, this seems unusual.
"Rachel and Sydney are caught in a predicament," Anders says, "and the only one to get them out of this predicament is Sark and his resources. Now, why would he do that? For a fee.
"Actually, on a separate mission, Sark and Rachel meet under aliases and have a little thing. So when the proposal comes from Sydney and Rachel, he says OK. Maybe Sark's affinity for Rachel has something to do with him helping out."
As fans know, it's not the first time Sark has had a soft spot for a girl, whether it was Allison (Merrin Dungey), the evil double of Sydney's pal Francie, or the duplicitous agent Lauren Reed (Melissa George). Even though he has no compunction about killing for money, Sark also seems to be a bit of romantic.
"That's why he stays," Anders says. "That's why he lasts. You love to hate him, and you hate to love him."
Asked what it was like to return to Sark and "Alias" after a gap of many months, Anders says, "It was kind of a hectic situation because of the impending birth" -- Garner recently gave birth to a daughter, Violet, her first child with husband Ben Affleck -- "but they were really accommodating to her, and she was accommodating as best she could to the show. She was ready to burst.
"Everybody was a little tapped out. They were hitting the wall, and the wall was hitting back. But everybody was happy to see me, and I, them. It was just like old times -- hugs and kisses."
Anders has hardly been idle in his time away from "Alias," which was his first major screen exposure, but it was hard to go out into the big, cold world.
"I was like a lost little child," he says. "But offers came here and there. I was in a couple of features, and I was in New York starring in a musical for a while."
According to Anders, he was in Gotham to catch "Alias" co-star Ron Rifkin, who plays the equally slippery Sloane, in the play "The Paris Letter," when he heard from the director of a rock musical called "Beautiful," which was performed off-Broadway as part of last summer's New York International Fringe Festival.
"My buddy the director called," Anders recalls, "and said, 'I've cast the whole show except for the lead, man. You got a couple hours before the matinee tomorrow to come play, see if you're right?'
"I said, 'Yeah.' That's where I started, the musical theater. But it's been about five years between my last stage foray and this past August, when I did 'Beautiful.' But it was good. I got to introduce myself to the New York Times and the New York theater community.
"I got a lot of good reviews and some constructive criticism. Of course, the Times doesn't like television actors."
Anders has also been working on a horror film called "Left in Darkness," starring Monica Keena ("Undeclared," "Entourage") and set to be released in 2006.
"No, life after 'Alias' hasn't been that hard at all," he says. "I've been doing the TV, and had film offers."
Of course, many people still think Anders is British. "That's been for four years now," he says, "that there are director who were convinced I'm not American, even when I'm coming in and talking to them in an a American accent before a read. I gotta take it as a compliment, I guess, because that means I've done my job."
He's even thought about appearing on the other show from "Alias" creator J.J. Abrams, ABC's megahit castaway drama "Lost" (which airs right before the "Bob" episode of "Alias").
"I have talked to the guys over there in the office about that," Anders says. "I think they may be saving me. There are lots of flashbacks, and there are a lot of sections of the plane that are not accounted for."