Monday, January 17, 2011

True Blood star James Frain: It's great to play the bad guy in such a brilliant show

IT might just be the most insane workplace in showbiz. Real, live wolves pad across the studio while litres of fake blood and gore are stored in every cupboard and a cast of vampires trade jokes about fang envy.
And if you thought smash-hit supernatural thriller series True Blood was mad to watch then, according to the two newest stars to hit the underworld, it's even more crazy to be part of.
British actor James Frain, who plays the camp and enigmatic bloodsucker Franklin in the third series, which kicks off this Friday on FX, said the blockbuster show is the most fun he has ever had working on a set.
And the programme's new pin-up werewolf, Joe Mangianello, is just relieved to have avoided being bitten for real by his wolfie co-stars.
The hit HBO series about vampires and other spooky creatures living in the real modern world has been one of the biggest hits on American and British satellite TV in years.
And the new arrivals say fans can expect things to get even sexier than before.
Famed for its black humour and nude scenes, the series was created by Six Feet Under and American Beauty writer Alan Ball, based on the cult Southern Vampire novels by Charlaine Harris.

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