Friday, June 24, 2011

‘True Blood’ creator Alan Ball: ‘Vampires are just a huge metaphor for sex’

Alan Ball looked pleased as punch Tuesday night at HBO‘s elaborate Hollywood premiere for the fourth season of the hit series “True Blood.” As well he should. Attracting an average of 13 million viewers per episode last season, the glossy show has become the most popular program on the cable network’s current lineup. Weeks before the event, Ball spoke to Hero Complex contributor Gina McIntyre about his creative approach to the series — though he was careful not to reveal too many details about what to expect from the upcoming episodes. As any fan knows, Ball guards his secrets with great care.

GM: What’s your take on the current vampire craze?
AB: I think vampires are just a huge metaphor for sex. I think obviously a lot of people fantasize about being taken by a vampire. Maybe that’s a way to fantasize about being taken in a way that is so not possible of happening that it makes it safer to have those fantasies, I don’t know.
GM: Denis O’Hare‘s Russell Edgington really stole the show last year. Did you and he work closely developing that character?

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