True Blood’s James Frain Joins True Detective Cast

November 16, 2014

Season 2 of True Detective Casts a True Blood Favorite:

TRUE-BLOOD-Season-3-James-Frain.Fans of the unhinged Franklin Mott from Season 3 of HBO’s True Blood are in for a treat with Season 2 of HBO’s True Detective. It has recently been reported that actor James Frain will join the cast in a recurring role. Frain will be playing the role of ruthless police lieutenant, Jeff Hunt.

According to Deadline, the synopsis for Season 2 is as follows:

The second installment in the crime franchise revolves around three police officers, played by Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams, and a career criminal (Vince Vaughn) who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.

In addition to James Frian’s casting announcement, actress Lolita Davidovich will also join the cast as Kitsch’s mother and washed out former showgirl, Nancy Simpson.

And according to E! Online, the following cast have also been confirmed:

True Detective’s second season will also feature Black Box alum Kelly Reilly in a series regular role, as well as Almost Human’s Michael Irby, Suits star Abigail Spencer and The Tomorrow People’s Leven Rambin in recurring roles.

It has been announced that Justin Lin will direct the first two episodes of this new season with creator Nic Pizzolatto writing the script. Production on Season 2 of True Detective will begin in California this fall.

Will you be tuning in just to watch True Blood’s bad boy, James Frain, in True Detective? Or are you already a fan of this new series? Let us know by commenting below!

Sources: Deadline – ‘True Detective’ Adds Lolita Davidovich & James Frain For Season 2

E! Online – True Detective Season 2 Casts 2 More Roles—Who Just Joined HBO’s Drama?

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3 Former Vampires Discuss Being on True Blood

September 3, 2014

Michael McMillian, Denis O’Hare and James Frain Weigh in on the True Blood:

3 True blood vampiresFor fans of HBO’s True Blood, there were three vampires on the show that were arguably discussed more than all the others: Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian), Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) and Franklin Mott (James Frain).

Steve was an anti-vampire religious zealot that was turned into a vampire and then came out to the world as not only being a vampire, but a gay vampire. Russell Edgington was the King of Louisiana who loved nothing more than to rip the beating heart out of newsreaders on national television.

Franklin, while his time was short on True Blood, was possibly the craziest of the three and had a unwanted crush on Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) back when she was still a human. At that stage, Tara was very definitely anti-vampire, but, as we all know, was turned later on when she was shot. Frain had this to say about Tara being turned:

When Tara became a vampire, I was like, “Oh! Then we could have gotten married!” [Laughs] She was the one that got away! I just messed it up. I was too forward. I was too eager. I should have held back. But Franklin genuinely thought he was in love with Tara. He thought it was a legitimate elopement, and then couldn’t handle it. I think he needed quite a lot of therapy. Quite a lot.

The three actors got together recently to reminisce about their time on True Blood. Michael McMillian discussed how he is constantly being asked about who turned Steve into a vampire. He had this to say on the matter:

I would love to see how Steve became a vampire. It’s a question I get all the time, from fans and friends — will we ever get to find out who Steve’s maker is? I have my theories, though. In one script, in episode three of season five, it was going to be revealed that Salome was Steve’s maker. I think he gave her a hug, and she said, “As your maker, I command you to let go of me.” And then in a rewrite, that was taken out and the whole scene was changed, and that got lost, and it was never brought up again. So it was a mystery. I really wanted it to be Pam! [Laughs] There was a line when she was turning Tara, where she said she had done it once before and it didn’t work out, so she has another progeny we don’t know much about. So maybe during that year when Sookie was gone, she had to make Steve for some reason. [Laughs] But it doesn’t save Steve from being executed by Eric. I think it’s officially unofficial who Steve’s maker is.

As for Denis O’Hare, he still watches the show and even has an alternate ending for how he would have liked the show to finish:

I was catching up last night [before the Season 7 finale]. It’s a very weird magical world it creates. It feels like a version of reality that’s really warped …It would be great to have a really tacky ending, in which you suddenly go into Bellefleur’s, and a disco ball starts turning, and all the characters from the entire seven seasons suddenly start showing up and dancing. And you watch them all sort of dance with each other — Russell kind of sidles over and grabs Bill’s [Stephen Moyer] hand, and they do a little dance. And then Talbot [Theo Alexander] comes in and he points, “Whoa! You’re back!” And Franklin Mott walks in and everybody goes, “Franklin!” Something like that. A bad disco ending, I would take.

How would you describe your perfect alternate ending to HBO’s True Blood? Let us know by commenting below!

You can read the full interview Michael McMillian, Denis O’Hare and James Frain did with Vulture by clicking here.

Source: Vulture – 3 Wild and Crazy Former Vamps Reminisce About True Blood

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True Blood’s James Frain to Star in Sleep Hollow

September 26, 2013

James Frain is the ‘Go-To Guy for Playing Off-Putting, Imperious Individuals’:

James Frain as Franklin Mott True BloodFans of HBO’s True Blood all seemed to love the warped relationship between crazy vampire Franklin Mott (James Frain) and Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley). Many were saddened when he met an early demise, hoping, instead, he would live on like he did in the Southern Vampire Mystery series of books by Charlaine Harris.

Well, James Frain is back – just not on True Blood though! TV Line recently  confirmed that James had signed on to play a recurring role in Fox’s new series, Sleep Hollow. Michael Ausiello had the following to say about Frain’s Sleepy Hollow character, Rutledge:

[he is] a modern-day nobleman who will interrogate Ichabod, who is being passed off as a “visiting Oxford professor,” about his past.

Ausiello also hints at a ‘secret which could affect Icabod’s future’. Hmm, sounds intriguing! Frain always seems to play characters that are odd, off-putting and at a loggerheads with authority, so it will be fantastic to see how the role of Rutledge will evolve in Frain’s capable hands.

It has not been confirmed exactly when James Frain will appear on Sleepy Hollow, but you can tune in on Monday nights at 9/8c to catch this new TV series.

What are your thoughts on James Frain’s newest role. Have you been watching Sleepy Hollow? Or will you tune in just to see James Frain? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: TV Line – Sleepy Hollow Exclusive: True Blood Baddie to Butt Heads With Ichabod

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