'The Blacklist's' James Spader: Season 2 has 'a much larger mythology'

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james-spader-playboy-interview-the-blacklist.jpgJames Spader recently sat down with Playboy and among dishing about his sexual fantasies as an adolescent ( read all about that here), he also spoke about his hit NBC thriller "The Blacklist," teasing that the upcoming second season will build even more mythology than Season 1 did.

On the work ethic behind "The Blacklist":  "This has been one of the hardest years in my career -- and it's been wonderful. A television show is your life. It swallows you whole and chews you up but refuses to spit you out. And on a brand-new television show, the writers don't know how the f*** to write it yet.  The actors don't know how the f*** to play it yet. The editors don't know how to edit it yet. Composers don't know how to compose it yet. The crew doesn't know how to shoot it yet. I work very hard on the show, and I'm lucky because it's a wonderful character who's great fun to play. I work closely with the people I make the show with. It's a lot of time spent when all of us might rather be spending time with our families or doing something else."

On "The Blacklist's" upcoming season:  "'The Blacklist' is this strange amalgamation of a serial and a procedural. But if you watch it every week, if you care to stay with it this season, there's also a much larger mythology to it. It has become something else."

On whether or not the roles he plays reflect his true self:  "I think in some of my earlier work I was sort of hiding, and that's why I played so many bad guys. I liked being hired to play somebody who was so different from me. If you're not actually a bad guy, just the fact that you're comfortable with certain things -- such as, say, sexuality -- means you can tap into things that others can't."

On his initial reservations with "Avengers: Age of Ultron": "I told them, 'I'm very conscious that how your character enters this universe is very important. You're not going to enter twice, so I want to make sure it's the best entrance.' They said, 'The title of the movie is Avengers: Age of Ultron.' You're Ultron. That's the best entrance anyone can have.'"

"The Blacklist" returns Monday, Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
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