Monday, September 14, 2009

Chat with Sam Trammell


If you’re going to play Sam Merlotte, the resident shapeshifter of Bon Temps, Louisiana, then you’ve quickly got to get over any issues of modesty that you may have. Fortunately, when it comes to getting naked, Sam Trammell is a professional: before getting his gig on “True Blood,” Trammell’s work as a stage actor had already found him undressing in front of an audience. Whether or not he’ll be back in his birthday suit for the second-season finale of “True Blood” remains to be seen, however, as Trammell was understandably hesitant to divulge any spoilers, but we did discuss quite a few other things about his time on the HBO series, as well as several other items on his resume, including “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Alien vs. Predator: Requiem,” and his surprising connection to alligators in his various projects. First, though, we had to chat about the last time we saw each other…and what the topic of conversation had been.

Bullz-Eye: Hey, man, how are you doing?

Sam Trammell: I’m good! How are you doing?

BE: I’m good. So, did you just want to talk about the Psychedelic Furs for half an hour or so? Because when we were talking after the TCA Awards, I think we spent more time talking about the Furs than we did “True Blood.”

ST: (Laughs) Yeah, absolutely! I’m always ready to talk about the Furs! So how have you been, man?

BE: I’ve been good.

ST: Good! Yeah, that was a fun night, a pretty cool time.

BE: It absolutely was. My wife says to say, “Hi,” and that we’re both psyched for the season finale come Sunday night.

ST: Good! It’s gonna be…well, you know, it’s gonna be intense, as you can imagine. Very, very intense.

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