Denis O’Hare’s Take on American Horror Story

October 31, 2011

The Actor Opens Up About His Role as Larry Harvey:

Denis O'Hare (Russell Edgington)Denis O’Hare’s exclusive phone interview with Collider is an insightful peek into the mind of the actor and the challenges of the role that he plays as Larry Harvey on FX’s newest psychological thriller, American Horror Story, which debuted October 5, 2011.  The series has consistently improved its ratings since its pilot episode. Executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk appear to have backed the right horse in this competition to secure a faithful following.

The series is about a family of three who move from Boston to Los Angeles in an effort to make amends with their past, only to find out that they are not the only residents of their new home.  They will be forced to face their fears, and their past, while living in a home that may have more secrets than they do.

Denis O’Hare plays Larry Harvey much like his character Russell Edgington, the King of Mississippi on HBO’s True Blood.  It appears that O’Hare has an eye for selecting roles that are going to become huge hits.

When asked how he would describe this series to people he responded:

“It is difficult, I’ve said it’s like The Shining meets Twin Peaks meets The Amityville Horror meets Lars Von Trier’s The Kingdom. It’s got elements of all of that. It’s got the weirdness of the population of Twin Peaks, it’s got the crazy momentum of The Shining, and it’s got the haunted house, slow motion reveal of The Amityville Horror. But ultimately, it’s its own thing and it lives in the mind of Ryan Murphy.”

O’Hare assesses what kind of audience this show will draw in, and speaks very highly of his cast-mates:

“I think there’s a really big overlap between sci-fi and horror…When you’ve got unbelievable actors like Connie Britton, Jessica Lange, Dylan McDermott and Frances Conroy, you’re going to be drawing in a different dynamic. Jessica Lange, alone, raises the bar so high that it peaks people’s interest. Connie Britton, coming off the success of Friday Night Lights, certainly brings an audience with her. We may even get some vampire fans watching the show.”

If O’Hare’s performance in American Horror Story is anything like that of his role on True Blood, he is certain to gain a loyal following. He speaks of his role as Larry Harvey with a passion unique to many interviews that are out there.  It is evident that O’Hare is completely connected to his character, and is excited to watch this character develop. The imagery that he uses makes it impossible for the reader not to be interested in this character. He refers to Larry as “a Dante-esque figure, stuck in the 5th Circle of Hell and struggling to get out.” He believes that “as the series develops, even what we think we know about him is not accurate.” O’Hare continues to create intrigue around Larry’s depth of character:

“Even in the pilot episode, we see Larry being a menacing, twisted, awful figure who then, during the scene with Dylan McDermott on the bench, becomes the object of pity who is absolutely a human character feeling incredible amounts of pain. That, to me, is fascinating.”

When questioned about whether or not he believes Larry to be evil he replies:

“To me, he’s definitely not evil. Evil is such a simplistic way to describe any character, be it Iago or Caliban, or any character from history. What I’m attracted to is the fact that he, like everyone, is yearning to be loved, to be released, to be redeemed, and to be at peace. Each episode only adds more complications to it. I’m always getting so much information that is new.”

Psychological thrillers attract a wide audience, the idea of the unknown, and the revelation of the human mind and how it works, is something that draws in the viewer. It creates questions in the mind of the audience and asks the viewer to search into the depths of their own souls to challenge the similarities that may exist between themselves and the characters portrayed.

O’Hare is asked if he is normally a fan of this type of genre, and his response draws on some simplistic comparisons that are both revealing and insightful:

“I’m not into what I would call torture porn, like all the Saw movies and those kinds of things. I find that repugnant. We have enough violence in this country that I don’t feel like I need to sit through that stuff, and I don’t see the point of it. But, good old-fashioned horror, I love monsters, I love creatures, I love beings, I love aliens. That’s more supernatural and more the stuff of fairy tales. Fairy tales are as ancient as we are. I love those stories. I think they’re really interesting because they always have more than simply the fright aspect. There’s something deeply psychological. When you think of Grimm’s fairy tales, they are deeply, deeply psychological. They’re so powerful, so bloody, and really, really disturbing. Think about five-year olds reading that stuff. Even Little Red Riding Hood is a really freaky story. Grandma is gobbled up by a wolf, and the wolf is going to eat the girl. That’s scary stuff. They’re about our deepest fears. And this show is about our deepest fears. It’s a way to exorcize them or understand them.”

 On His Potential Return to True Blood:

In the finale of Season Four’s True Blood the audience is left with the jaw dropping revelation that Russell Edgington, the King of Mississippi’s stay in a concrete slab has been cut short — how, we are uncertain, but one thing’s for sure, the King is no longer a prisoner of Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård).

It is obvious that O’Hare is excited about a potential return to True Blood:

“I had been hearing rumors and things, but until I actually heard there was a script, in which they went to the parking lot and found a hole in the ground and chains, I wasn’t sure. I’ve been in contact with people from True Blood, and I’m friends with a lot of them, and Joe Manganiello, who plays Alcide, actually told me first. He was like, ‘Dude, there’s this scene where I go to the parking lot and you’re not there anymore,’ and I went, ‘Yes!’ I’m really thrilled, I love that family. Alan Ball is such a spectacular person to be around and to work for. I’m really excited to get to go back and join them, and I love the character. I can’t wait to pick up where he left off.”

I’m sure I speak on behalf of many True Blood fans when I say that we can’t wait for Denis O’Hare’s return to the show, to see how King Russell Edgington will inject himself into the lives of Sookie (Anna Paquin), Bill, and Eric, and unleash a whole new storm of madness, coupled with a deep desire to avenge the love of his life.  In the meantime be sure to tune into FX on Wednesdays at 10pm to catch the all new American Horror Story episodes. For Canadian viewers you can catch the premiere on FX Canada this coming Monday, October 31 in a special Halloween premiere.

So Truebies, have any of you caught this new show? What do you think?

Sources: Collider.com – Denis O’Hare Talks American Horror Story, J. Edgar, and His Return to True Blood

TV By the Numbers – American Horror Story Hits Series High Ratings in Episode 4

Toronto.com – FX Canada Launches Monday with American Horror Story

Photo: IMDb

 

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Creating True Blood’s Pam de Beaufort’s Decomposing Face

October 31, 2011

How Pam’s Zombie Look Was Achieved:

Kristin as rotting PamSpecial FX Producer, Dan Rebert, gave us a little behind-the-scenes look at how HBO’s True Blood’s Pam de Beaufort’s decomposing/zombie look was created. Five stages were used throughout the whole process.

The first stage is composed of three tiny stages of make-up. Subtle pieces of make-up began the transformation and a visual effects reveal acted as a catalyst to continue the disfiguration. The second stage is composed of a face peel, where the skin on Pam’s face can be ripped off. A nose piece and dental piece were created as well. The third stage ignited Pam’s healing. The fourth stage signals Pam’s skin renewal, also known as what she looks like after the surgical wrap and face peel mask have been completely removed. The fifth and final stage is the tattoos that show the muscles and veins as Pam is healing.

Rebert said:

“The stuff we did on Pam was probably some of my favorite stuff we’ve done for True Blood…actually [Kristin Bauer] told me that running in heels in the woods was way worse than wearing any of the make-up.”

Hey Truebies, to get a great visual image of the transformation, check out the video!

Source Credit: HBO – The 5 Stages of Rotting Pam

Photo: Kristin Bauer van Straten

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True Blood King Stephen Moyer is Keeping Busy

October 30, 2011

Two Upcoming Films for Moyer:

Stephen Moyer HBO promo S4Though the fourth season of HBO’s smash hit True Blood has recently come to a close, leaving many fans wondering how to pass time over the long hiatus until the next season begins, Stephen Moyer will be busy filming his new movie The Barrens. Moyer, who plays Vampire King Bill Compton on True Blood will take on the role of a family man who unknowingly puts the lives of his family in mortal danger while on a camping trip. Given that this movie is being directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, who also is responsible for giving millions of movie watchers recurring nightmares from his Saw installments, he will be sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats in this horror flick.

Moyer must face the legendary creature the Jersey Devil, in the New Jersey forest, the Pine Barrens.  For True Blood fans it will be fascinating to watch Moyer transition from the cold blooded legendary character of a vampire to becoming the victim of a legendary creature. The Barrens is currently in production and scheduled for release in 2012.

In the meantime if you are looking for a Moyer fix, he appears in the recently released spy thriller, The Double which hit theatres October 28.  Moyer plays the part of a Russian spy, who is sought after by a retired CIA opeartive (Richard Gere).  Though Moyer won’t be donning any fangs, this flick looks like it will allow him to demonstrate his acting abilities in a very different light.

Sources: IMDb – The Double

slashfilm.com – Blogging the Reel World

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Spoiler – Casting Call for Season 5 of True Blood

October 29, 2011

Alan Ball Needs Two Female Actors:

Alexander Skarsgård as EricSo you love True Blood? And you think you can act? Well, HBO and Alan Ball are on the hunt for two new strong female vampire roles. Nudity is a possibility – but would we expect anything less of True Blood?

The first role calls for a female between the ages of 25 and 35. The character’s name is Nora and she is a progeny of Godric’s, so there should be a few juicy scenes alongside the awesome Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård).

The second role is something to really sink your teeth into (pun intended). If you are a fan of the Bible, then her name will be familiar. She is the daughter of Herodias from the New Testament. Yes, her name is Salome! In Season 5, Salome will be a powerful and very ancient vampire – something that was kept out of the Bible, for obvious reasons. She is also just a little bit crazy.

So, if you think you’ve got what it takes, then now is the time to audition for your part on True Blood. (Unfortunately, we can’t help you with that!)

Source: EW.com – ‘True Blood’ casting call: A biblical new role…and a very old friend for Eric — EXCLUSIVE

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2011 SCREAM Awards Honor Cast of True Blood

October 28, 2011

True Blood Wins 3 Accolades at SPIKE TV’s Awards Show:

Joe Manganiello Scream Awards 2011The SCREAM Awards 2011 was Spike TV’s sixth annual awards ceremony that celebrated the actors, creators, icons and pioneers of the sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic book genres.  The event aired October 18th and True Blood went home with the Scream Award for Best Ensemble Cast, Best Horror Actor (Alexander Skarsgård for his role as Eric Northman) and Best Breakout Performance (Joe Manganiello as Alcide Herveaux.)

In the Best Ensemble Cast, the cast of True Blood beat out:

Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Red, and X-MEN First Class.

In Best Horror Actor, Alexander Skarsgård won over:

Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead), Patrick Wilson (Insidious), and True Blood‘s own Stephen Moyer (Sorry Bill, in this season, Eric was hotter!)

And finally in Best Breakout Performance, Joe Manganiello topped:

Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Michael Fassbender (X-MEN First Class), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), and Tom Hiddleston (Thor).

To see photos, watch video highlights from the red carpet and ceremony or to scrutinize the other categories celebrated, check out the Spike TV Scream Awards.

Source: Spike TV

Photo: Spike TV

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A Little Birdie Told Me: Kristin Bauer Started a Petition

October 26, 2011

A Petition to Protect All Chimpanzees:

Kristin Bauer van Straten (vampire Pam)Truebies, Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam de Beaufort) has a new cause. She has started a petition to save the chimpanzee. The petition on change.org. is to get the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to protect all chimps. Chimps have been recognized as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1990, but only wild chimps are protected. She wants the chimps in captivity saved under the same Endangered Species Act (ESA). She explains:

“I’ve been working with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to speak out against chimpanzee experiments in the United States. We now have an opportunity to protect all chimpanzees in captivity in the U.S.”

chimp (change.org)In order to make a difference, the petition needs 5,000 signatures. There are currently less than 4,000. Signing up on change.org is quick and painless. You can get more information and sign the petition via the source link below. Let us know if you’ll be signing it and supporting this important cause by leaving a comment.

Source: change.org
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Skarsgård and Melancholia Cast Interview at The Film Stage

October 26, 2011

Cast Discuss Lars von Trier’s New Movie:

Alexander Skarsgard Melancholia movie promotional posterWhen it comes to wanting to work for famous directors, Lars von Trier is right up there on the list. While he may be a little more free when it comes to rehearsals and scripts, he certainly wins hands down when it comes to experiencing a movie from a completely different angle, as far as the actors are concerned. As Alexander Skarsgård (Eric Northman on HBO‘s True Blood) pointed out:

“You’re kind of used to working where you block a scene, then you have tape marks and then you shoot a master and the lights are coming from here and you got to find that light. And then you show up and he’s just like ‘Alright, let’s see what happens…’ He doesn’t care about continuity, he’s so open and he wants to be surprised. He wants to be like ‘Oh, that was interesting, I didn’t expect that to happen’… you kind of feel like he’s editing it in his head as he’s watching it… and then if there’s something he needs then he’ll come in and he’ll just whisper something like try this and try that. It really was one of the most amazing experiences of my career.”

Skarsgård also went on to point out that while a lot of what happens during the shoot is actually just a big diaster, there are those special little moments that just can’t be recreated through rehearsal. It is those small bits of reality that von Trier appears to search for. As a result of this, while the whole movie is scripted, some of what makes it to the screen is, in fact, improvisation.

The subject of depression is a big part of the movie Melancholia. While the movie starts off in a happy place, it quickly spirals downhill from there. The actors themselves felt that this was needed — after all, it is hard to show how dark life can get without first showing how it all started.

Not only did Skarsgård relish working for von Trier, he also got to work alongside his father, fellow actor, Stellan Skarsgård. His father had also worked with von Trier before, and while he needed no encouragement to work with the famous director, his father was quick to endorse it. Fellow actor, Charlotte Gainsbourg was also familiar with working with von Trier, after appearing in Antichrist, however, she found each movie entirely different to make.

Kirsten Dunst, who stars in Melancholia as Skarsgård’s wife, was also excited about this project. While it seems a vast difference from the movies she normally does, Dunst didn’t seem to think so:

“I’ve always done a mixture, like I did The Virgin Suicides, but then I did Bring It On. To me, I’ve always mixed it up, so this is just an opportunity because of my age, too, and there aren’t that many roles like this that are so unconventional for women. To me it’s not a new direction personally, it just is the movie I chose to do next.”

Melancholia is basically a movie about depression, the cast were quick to point out (and if you don’t want any spoilers for the movie, please don’t read the full interview at The Film Stage) that this movie could also be considered science fiction. The actors themselves find it hard to discuss the film, since it is not an easy movie to compartmentalize.

The Film Stage were also interested to find out if any of the actors were interested in directing after working with Lars von Trier. Both Alexander Skarsgård and Kirsten Dunst admitted that they had done some directing on small projects in the past. While Skarsgård would like to do more in the future, it seems that Dunst enjoyed what she has done in the past, but feels more comfortable in front of the camera. Gainsbourg freely admitted to being intimidated by the whole process of directing.

Melancholia is screening at the New York Film Festival, so make sure you check it out if you are nearby. If not, it hits theaters on November 11. Let us know what you thought of the movie when you see it.

Source: The Film Stage – [Interview] Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgård and Charlotte Gainsbourg Discuss ‘Melancholia’

(Photo Credit: Melancholia – promotional movie poster)

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True Blood’s Stephen Moyer Talks Candidly About Season 4

October 25, 2011

Moyer Talks Up the Show, His Coworkers, and Wife:

Stephen Moyer HBO promo S4When Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) first received the script for True Blood, he thought “Holy f**k, this is fantastic.  [It is] beautifully written [and] funny.”  He tells the Bajan Reporter what most audiences already understand to be the greatness of the show: that “there’s a lot going on underneath if you want there to be.”  Moyer also graciously commends the supporting actors like Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), and Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler) for their work on the show.

Moyer loves the depth offered by Bill Compton’s character. He enjoys the opportunity to take on the varying roles that Bill has inhabited over his centuries-old existence, like a 1920s nightclub entertainer or a punk-rocker in 1980s London.  From the books by Charlaine Harris, Moyer noted that Andy Bellefleur (played by Chris Bauer) is in fact Bill’s great great great grandson and he looks forward to a possible (albeit hilarious) line of subplot.

When asked about Bill and Sookie‘s breakup at the end of Season 3, he points out that Alan Ball resolves characters’ happiness with conflict. “You can’t watch two people be happy together for too long.”  This simple idiom seems to permeate every character’s interactions. Bill and Sookie’s synergy is no exception to the rule.  After their breakup, “there are a couple instances where she gives him an opening and he says, ‘Goodnight, Sookie.’ He’s reversing because he knows if there’s any hope for him with her… he has to let her be.”

Another case in point: by the end of Season 4, the triumvirate relationship between Bill, Sookie and Eric Northman seems untenable.  Where will it go from here? Will Sookie ditch them both into the arms of Joe Manganiello‘s character Alcide Herveaux? We don’t know, but what we can glean from previous seasons is that if it does happen, it probably won’t last long!

This brings us to the next question: (apparently on everyone’s mind) How does Moyer react to the on-screen romance between his wife, Anna Paquin and Alexander Skarsgård?  He handles the question with tact and points out the more uncomfortable situation that exists for his wife: “You’ve gotta remember what it’s like from Anna’s point of view… She’s having to do it with somebody else in front of all the crew who know us as a couple.”  As a loving husband, he reminds us gossip-mongers that the awkwardness is far greater for Paquin than his own.  But also, he comments on future “affairs” as husband and wife: they’ve considered working on projects together, but not acting together.  If a project came to fruition, one of the two would assume the role of director and the other, actor, so as not to overdo it for indulgent fans.

Truebies, see the full interview here and let us know what you think in the Comments section!

Source: Bajan Reporter

Photo: HBO

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True Blood’s Kristin Bauer van Straten on Playing Pam

October 23, 2011

Sink Your Teeth into the Real Pam de Beaufort:

Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam de BeaufortKristin Bauer van Straten, who plays the cold-hearted and ferocious vampire Pam de Beaufort on HBO’s True Blood, loves playing Bon Temps’ biggest and baddest bitch. Bauer, who was not familiar with the show before she got the role, still gets recognized as Jerry’s girlfriend from the hit TV show Seinfeld.

On how her life has changed since True Blood started airing:

“Well, I now have to shower and wear some makeup to go to Starbucks. I have to borrow a little from Pam — be a tad more vain, as I could never say, “no” to a fan wanting a photo because I’m not wearing mascara. And I get asked my thoughts on things and I have lots to say about rights and free will, especially regarding animals, as they are truly innocent and voiceless.”

On her favorite True Blood character(s) to mingle with:

“I am very partial to my maker, Eric [played by Alexander Skarsgård]. But I also have gotten to threaten Lafayette, flirt with Sookie, scowl at Bill, try to kill Tara a few times, ignore Ginger‘s screams, check out Jason and give horrible advice to Jessica.”

So how does she do Pam so well? The actress says she tries to be as dry and sarcastic as possible, but she credits her work environment for most of her success. She says that after spending up to five hours in hair, makeup and costume, then walking onto True Blood’s beautiful sets with its wonderful actors, that it just all comes together — Pam is born.

Truebies, don’t we all love Pam? What’s your favorite thing about her? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source Credit: Sun-Sentinel

Photo Credit: HBO

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Mariana Klaveno to Attend Inaugural Clean the World Gala

October 22, 2011

Could Bad Vamp Lorena Krasiki Do Something Good?

Mariana Klaveno as LorenaTrue Blood actress Mariana Klaveno (Lorena Krasiki) will attend the Inaugural Clean the World Gala to be held Saturday, November 5, at The Peabody in Orlando, Florida. Other attendees include Stan Van Gundy (Orlando Magic head coach) and Thomas McClary (one of the original founders of The Commodores). Hosting the event will be Tom Sorrells (chief meteorologist at WKMG-Local 6 CBS Orlando).

Klaveno is both a supporter and celebrity spokesperson for the non-profit organization,  whose aim is to provide the impoverished (both domestic and abroad) with the most basic cleaning tool — soap. Shawn Seipler, co-founder and CEO of Clean the World says:

“We’re enthusiastic about the support for our first Gala event, and are really excited to make this happen as part of our global hygiene revolution, this is our opportunity to thank our loyal partners and friends and show them what their support has been able to accomplish for so many children and families around the world. It’s a chance to have fun, raise money, and extend business contacts to help our partners grow together to help Clean the World.”

Truebies, if you would like to know more about Clean the World, or donate what you can, please visit their website by clicking on the source link below.

Source: Blog.cleantheworld.org

(Photo: HBO)

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