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Buffy’s Xander Is Responsible For That Avengers Shawarma Scene. Also, Joss Whedon Is Obsessed With Shawarma.

Shawarma sales went through the roof after everyone in the world saw The Avengers but an interesting fact has just come to light thanks to one Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. Shawarma has been on Joss Whedon’s mind for a while. In fact, it got Xander, Nicholas Brendon, his role. Read on for details! 

It was Youtuber Buffyfan45, J.P. Gagen, who uploaded a bit from the DVD extras from Buffy The Vampire Slayer‘s Chosen Collection. Brandon recounts his first audition for Xander, which didn’t go particularly well.

“I will tell you the word that probably changed your life,” said Whedon. “Shawarma.”


“We brought him in, we weren’t sure, we had other people, it wasn’t a slam dunk, it almost ever is. Nicky just tore the place apart,” said Whedon. “And afterwards he was like, ‘Does anybody feel like shawarma? I feel like some shawarma.’”

And that, as you well know, is Robert Downey Jr.’s exactly line as Iron Man from The Avengers. Take a look at the video for yourself, with added commentary from Brendon on the whole experience.

(via MTV)

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  • Francesca Lewis

    I have all the dvds and have never seen this feature. It’ AMAZING – where can I find the full thing??!

  • Heidi Mason

    Anyone besides me notice the falafel shootdown? And anyone else think of that scene in Batman Begins? “Flass, I have kids to feed.” “What, they don’t like falafel?” … I guess according to Xander, “Falafel’s not funny.” *lol*

  • Emily Walton

    It might be on the special-features DVD that came with the Chosen Collection. Maybe Google what’s on that DVD, then hit YouTube for the videos?

  • apurple234

    Xander says something about shawarma in the “Teacher’s Pet” Buffy episode when he’s at the teacher’s house.

  • Anonymous

    I love shawarma…I’ve been known to order it more than once on the days I work 12 hours….

  • Anonymous

    Mind. Blown.
    Wonder what Brendon said when he saw the final scene.

  • Lesley

    I just watched that episode! He says he likes Greek food except for shawarma, which is just a big meat hive. Makes me wonder how many other shawarma references there are in the series because that’s only episode 4!