Saturday, July 10, 2010

True Blood Actor brings extended life to 'True Blood' character

It scarcely seems plausible that an ordinary human could be the most vivid character on HBO's ghoulish "True Blood," a show teeming with supernatural, larger-than-death freaks.

Then again, "ordinary" is probably not the best way to describe Lafayette Reynolds, an emphatically gay man in a small Southern town. Brilliantly played by Nelsan Ellis, Lafayette is a redneck-thumping, drug-dealing diva with a tongue saltier than the gumbo he serves up as the grill cook at Merlotte's honky tonk.

Amid "True Blood's" menagerie of vampires, shape-shifters and werewolves, Lafayette's bayou bohemian was the hardest role to cast, according to creator Allan Ball, who adapted the show from Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels.

"Whenever you have a character in which one of his defining qualities is his sexuality, it's always challenging," says Ball via e-mail, "because you don't want to bring in someone who's going to play that in a phony way.

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New vampire movie: "Vampires Suck" exclusive trailer

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The 20 th Century Fox comedy “Vampires Suck” has just released its trailer. While it mostly spoofs the “Twilight Saga” films, it also takes jabs at other recent hits like “ Alice in Wonderland” and MTV’s “ Jersey Shore,” and music stars Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas.

It even features a shovel fight between Team Edward and Team Jacob fans. Let the collective eye-rolls begin. If it can get just a fraction of that “Twilight” money, it could possibly be their most successful parody yet. (“Epic Movie” stands as their most successful with $87 million worldwide).

“Vampires Suck” stars Ken Jeon of “The Hangover” and NBC’s “Community,” as well as Matt Lanter (“90210”), Anneliese van der Pol (“That’s So Raven”), and Jenn Proske. Newcomer Proske plays Becca, a high-schooler who has to choose between two supernaturally good-looking guys. The drama, like any teen movie, comes to a head at their prom.

The movie only went into production at the end of May and is already slated for an August 18 th release date.

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True Blood Season 3 new cast photo

True Blood Music Video of the Day: Howl

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