The Blacklist Battle: James Spader Hates Working With Megan Boone – Becomes A Bully On The Set

The Blacklist Battle: James Spader Hates Working With Megan Boone - Becomes A Bully On The Set

Megan Boone really hit the ground running when she was cast as Agent Liz Keen in NBC’s instant smash-hit The Blacklist, but nothing could have prepared her for working so closely with James Spader. He has decades worth of experience to Megan’s short-lived stint on Law & Order: LA and it really shows during filming. According to the Nov. 11th print edition of National Enquirer on one particularly bad day Megan blew 12 takes which left James to keep rehashing complicated dialog until he lost it.

Those set side say that Megan’s inexperience is really showing and rather than trying to help her through it James ends up losing his patience until he turns into a big bully. Also being a great method actor means that James in in character as long as he is on set which totally creeps people out. That much I can understand. How can you go from being normal and a nice guy to a total psychopath once the camera rolls? It’s probably better to remain in character, making him far more believable in the role of Ray Reddington.

I think that the onscreen chemistry between James and Megan is definitely working in spite of her kind of needing to find her way as she goes. It was also a predictable situation don’t you think? James is the equivalent of an acting genius and putting him with a novice on screen was going to have its share of problems. In spite of that, the show is clearly working and the powers-that-be have absolutely no intention of changing anything at this point so it sounds like Spader is going to have to bite his tongue a little more while Megan catches up. Are you a Blacklist fan? What do you think the real connection between Keen and Redd really is? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!



  • IndigoMX9

    I am a huge fan of the show, I watch each episode three times because it’s THAT good. Plus I like to catch up on anything that I might have missed.

    I think that Liz is Raymond’s daughter. I can’t imagine anyone moving mountains like Raymond does for Liz unless there was a close connection.

    I hope that the lead actors can work out any problems because this show is fantastic!

    • Nana

      It is quite obvious to me she is his daughter bc without this connection she is worthless to him. Her character is kinda annoying but I love the show.

  • Katielee4211

    I love the show, and never miss it–well I do, but I record it so as not to miss a minute.

  • NeilB

    Agree with Indigo. This is the best show on TV right now. Sorry to hear that Lizzie and Ray aren’t getting along. James Spader is a superb actor and Megan Boone is absolutely gorgeous.

    • cuspernicus

      The best show? You are insane… Walking dead, game of thrones, boardwalk empire?

  • Janie Noles

    I totally love the show and I love James Spader, hope he goes a litlle easier on Megan because she is really good also. I think the connection between the two is that he is really her father so we will have to wait to find out.

  • DM

    NBC should find a replacement for Boone – she’s no match for Spader; maybe her salary was all NBC could afford at the moment. Too bad for an otherwise excellent cast/show

  • cuspernicus

    nah she is terrible…

  • helena

    Megan has no screen presence. Everyone around her is great but it doesnt make any difference because a bad lemon ruins the whole fruit bowl. She is shit. I’ve watched 2 episodes & can’t watch anymore because Megan is out of her depth.

  • Anne

    I like Megan Boone as Elizabeth. She is very beautiful and is able to maintain a tough exterior, which is perfect for her character. Her character wants to be taken seriously. If she were a more seasoned actress, the show would not be so delicately balanced as it is. Her character goes well with James Spader’s character. They play off of each other. I’m glad they didn’t pick an overly emotional actress to play Elizabeth. She is supposed to act cool under pressure and she does..the characters job (as an agent) is supposed to be one of the most demanding and stressful jobs out there, and she maintains her poise.

    If you want to truly be annoyed by an actress playing a female FBI agent on prime time tv, look no further than the new hit show “Believe,” where actress Trieste Kelly Dunn plays a frustrated and overly emotional character as Agent Elizabeth Ferrell.

    Now for the makeup artist on the Blacklist: whoever is doing Megan’s makeup is great. I wish they would have a blog dedicated to showing what brands and shades of makeup they use on her. Her daytime makeup is striking without being gaudy or smoky…perfect for her character.

  • devoted fan

    My husband and I have watched the whole season, and by far this is our favorite drama. I was drawn to Lizzie’s character first, and Red’s second. (a little too sadastic for me), and am still wondering what’s up with Tom. ( I am ready for the mystery between Tom and Liz to end). I hope she kicks his b… good.
    Red’s character is fasinating and am glad he is on the good guys side (I think, as long as it suits his purposes). Please don’t kill off Liz’s character. She was young from the start, and is learning as she goes. This last week showed a lot more spunk on her part, and glad to see it. Can’t say enough, LOVE THE SHOW!

  • Kireal

    It’s a Man opera. Classic man-opera formula. Loved James Spader on the Office, but I am not a fan of any show with man-opera plots.

  • Brenda

    This is one of the few shows that my sister and I both like! So interesting! I truly believe that Lizzie” has evolved in the show. She is harder than at the beginning, and she is a better actress.

  • Judit

    Would an uncle sit daydreaming at the ballet about a little girl who danced? I think one needs a more direct bloodline for that kind of emotion.