30 Days to True Blood Season 5 — Russell!

May 17, 2012


HBO's True Blood's Vampire King of Louisiana Russell Edgington played by Denis O'Hare

Less Than 30 Days to True Blood Season 5!

The posters are out for the HBO True Blood stars for season five! There will be one for each actor and we at TrueBloodNet.com have decided to present one per post in order to give each it’s own top billing. Two seasons ago Denis O’Hare burned up the screen as Russell Edgington the Vampire King of Mississippi. But Vampire Bill and his new buddy Eric Northman, with the help of Sookie‘s blood burried Russell under several tons of cement after Eric killed his long-time lover: Talbot in an act of long awaited revenge for the king slaughtering Eric’s family. We can hardly wait to see how Russell got free and how he’s going to mix it up! Call your friends, the party will be ON in season 5 of True Blood.

Photo Credit: HBO


Denis O’Hare Juggles True Blood Season 5, and ‘An Iliad’

April 6, 2012

Denis O’Hare adapts Homer’s Iliad for the New York stage:

Stephen Spinella and Denis O'Hare (photo by Joan Marcus)Denis O’Hare, who plays the Vampire King of Mississippi Russell Edgington in HBO’s series True Blood, has recently adapted Homer’s epic poem, ‘The Iliad’, for the New York stage. Collaborating with friend, Lisa Peterson who also directs, O’Hare wrote, and plays the leading role in this one-man play, ‘An Iliad’. Stephen Spinella (Angels in America) alternates performances with O’Hare.

In the early days of the Iraq War, Peterson approached O’Hare about adapting the story of the Trojan War as a platform for performance. They worked on the project periodically over the course of five years until they had a script. When asked how the work was condensed to create the script, O’Hare answered:

“We decided the most basic structure is Achilles meets Hector, the symbols of Greece and Troy respectively. We focused our stories around that central conflict with everything else radiating outward.”

O’Hare addressed the differences in acting for both stage and screen. He explained that each has benefits and drawbacks. “Actors must understand the medium in which they are working so they can adjust their performances accordingly.”

True Blood update

When the subject of True Blood came up, O’Hare said that he would be returning to the HBO series during the run of ‘An Iliad’. He explained that he is scheduled to film briefly in mid-March:

“Then I’m back in L.A. at the end of March to shoot some more. I’ve read about six scripts. They’ve got some very nice stuff planned.”

‘An Iliad’ officially opened March 6 with O’Hare and March 7 with Spinella at New York Theatre Workshop, 79 East 4 St., NYC. 212-460-5475.

Source and photo: Back Stage


Joe Manganiello Dishes on “Magic Mike” and the “Season of the Werewolf”

March 2, 2012

 A Werewolf Stripper?

Joe Manganiello Scream Awards 2011As fans eagerly await the return of True Blood’s Season 5 this summer, Joe Manganiello seems to be the most prolific celebrity spoiler for the show.  It has been noted that if we were to call season four the season of the witch, season five will be the season of the werewolf.  That means a whole host of hot new werewolf cast members.  Manganiello told Access Hollywood correspondent Tim Vincent (at GQ’s Men of the Year Party in LA) that he’s looking forward to the season.  Last season, Alcide “helped end the reign – and life – of packmaster Marcus… and actress Dale Dickey recently joined the cast as Marcus’ – presumably grieving – mom.”

Manganiello said:

 “I can’t wait to work with her (Dale Dickey) and I think there’s gonna be some werewolves who are gonna give Alcide some trouble this season, as well.  I’m anxious to see who they’ll cast.”

The actor has revealed that he’s on par with the fans in wanting to see his character bump nasties with Paquin’s.  “Alcide likes Sookie a whole heck of a lot.  She’s single, Alcide’s single… I totally want to see them hook up.”  Apparently, Manganiello’s mother is a big Paquin fan as well, and wants to see her son’s character “find love with Bon Temps’ fairy-waitress.”

He also raved about the disastrous return of Russell Edgington.  “I love Denis O’Hare,” he said.  “Him coming back – it’s not good for Alcide, but it’s definitely good for the show.”

Finally, in a separate interview with Access Hollywood, Manganiello spoke about his role in the new, star-studded, male-stripper movie “Magic Mike” in which he plays Big Dick Richie (Gasp! Drool.)  While the movie was “loosely inspired by Channing Tatum’s own past,” the actors were treated to lessons from the likes of Britney Spears’ choreography team.  “Body rolls, some hip stuff,” Manganiello mentioned.  His costars include Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, and Alex Pettyfer.

I personally am waiting with bated breath for the release of this film (in post-production) along with the return of True Blood, of course.  Who’s with me? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, and check out the two full interviews that I have listed as sources if you need anything juicier.


Access Hollywood “Magic Mike”

Access Hollywood “Werewolves”

Photo: Spike TV


Denis O’Hare of True Blood Co-Wrote “An Iliad”

December 8, 2011

His Play to be Performed in Chicago Until December 11:

Denis O’Hare (True Blood’s Russell Edgington)The actor who plays our delightfully villainous Russell Edgington in True Blood and the pernicious, grotesque and suspicious Larry on FX’s American Horror Story has another trick up his sleeve: he’s co-written a play based on Robert Fagle’s English translation of Homer’s infamous Trojan War epic, The Iliad, with respected director Lisa Peterson.

Since 2005, the two have crafted “An Iliad” into a one-man show, out of the epic, that originally opened in 2010.  O’Hare has not acted in it so far, due to his TV/film commitments, but plans to alternate with the lead star (Stephen Spinella from Angels in America and Spring Awakening) in the New York Theatre Workshop’s run beginning in February 2012.  In the Chicago production, currently running at the Court Theatre, “The Poet”, here played by Timothy Edward Kane (The Illusion, Rock ’n’ Roll) was cast by the Court’s artistic director Charles Newell.

“Our hope is by the end of the evening that you not only understand something about the impulse, or as the text says ‘this rage contained within all of us,’ but also how we have a choice with what we do with those emotions,” Newell said, adding that the actor Kane “is just turning himself inside-out emotionally in a very exposed and dangerous performance that I think will have some real impact.”

O’Hare is a Michigan-native, graduate of Northwestern and was first seen on stage in Chicago before moving to New York and acting in productions of “Cabaret,” “Assassins,” and “Sweet Charity.”  He won a Tony award for his performance in Richard Greenberg’s gay baseball drama, “Take Me Out.”

An Iliad continues through December 11 at the Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $40-$60 for the regular run. Call 773-753-4472 or visit CourtTheatre.org

O’Hare, Peterson and Newell discuss much more in an interview (which discusses the play, O’Hare’s personal life, etc.) in the Windy City Times and I would highly suggest all Truebies check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section!

Source: Windy City Times



Denis O’Hare on His Role in American Horror Story

November 11, 2011

O’Hare Thrives at Playing the Archfiend:

Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare) with Talbot in a jarThe Boston Herald interviewed Denis O’Hare, who plays the nefarious malefactor Russell Edgington in True Blood’s third (and possibly fifth?) season.  He can now be seen in FX’s new scary-psych-drama American Horror Story.  O’Hare said, “I love a good villain.  There is nothing clear-cut and simple about a villain. Ever.”  As a kid, the macabre enthusiast’s hero was Vincent Price in “those old Saturday afternoon horror films… they really stayed with me.  I was a monster freak growing up.”

He describes his new show, American Horror Story, as a mix between The Shining, Twin Peaks and The Amityville Horror.  “It’s not simply a horror show… It’s a lot more psychological, but the style is so odd and forward-thinking,” O’Hare remarks.  He plays Larry, a former owner of an unholy, grim and possessed house into which Dylan McDermott’s character and family have recently moved.  As a burn-disfigured and tortured man, O’Hare says Larry warns the new residents about the house’s malevolence “out of a strange compulsion to be set free.  He’s looking for redemption — a way out.”

Despite Larry’s dark past (from which he covets redemption,) and three and a half hours in the makeup chair, O’Hare concedes that Russell Edgington is much scarier.  He’s “a passionate character whose only motivation is to stay alive. He is so filled with forward motion and momentum about what he wants to do that he’s burning up with a desire to act. Of course, Russell is amoral in the great pagan sense — he doesn’t have the burden of our Judeo-Christian morals. He’s hard to parse because he’s playing by a different rule book.”

O’Hare, like the rest of the True Blood cast, is reticent to reveal any spoilers for the upcoming season.  He says, “I have no idea what the writers will do. I have my ideas, but it might not be a straight linear line from the end of the last season.”

So until then Truebies, check him out on FX in American Horror Story, Wednesdays at 10pm.

Source: Boston Herald – O’Hare Splits Villainy in Two

Photo: HBO


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



Video: Denis O’Hare of True Blood Shocked by Finale

September 29, 2011

O’Hare Did Not Know About Nan, Tara or Jesus:

Denis O’Hare as King Russell EdgingtonApparently Denis O’Hare was just as shocked as the rest of us at the “bloodbath” which was Season Four’s finale.  In his interview with PopSugarTV he compared the episode to the end of Hamlet — the famed Shakespearean tragedy in which everyone dies at the end.

When asked about the return of his character, PopSugarTV noted the changing power dynamics occurring in the vampire community.  Where will Russell fit in?  O’Hare said:

“He’s a very flexible character, obviously. He’s lived for 2800 years — he’s very good at sussing out where the political winds are blowing. I think he could go with anybody. He’s really the loner, not necessarily a joiner, but I could see him joining forces with whoever is capable. If Bill or Eric want to come on board, I’m sure that he could find an amenable situation. The Authority’s got an opening, so he could take that…”

The Authority opening that he referenced was of course, the (un)fortunate True Death to Nan.  O’Hare went on to say how shocked he was about the death of Rutina Wesley‘s character, Tara Thornton and Kevin Alejandro‘s Jesus.

Beyond that, we’ll all just have to wait the eight months and watch what happens in Season 5 for the epic return of O’Hare’s Russell Edgington.

So, Truebies, who do you think let the King out of his cement grave? Any guesses? Share them with us below!

Source: PopSugarTV – Denis O’Hare Calls True Blood’s Season Finale a “Bloodbath”

(Photo: HBO)


True Blood’s Season 4 Finale Shocks Viewers

September 16, 2011

True Blood Finale Bloody Good or Just Bloody?

Sookie Cradles a Dying Tara in Her Arms HBO is famous for having some of the most extreme and riskiest shows on television. And what is True Blood most famous for? Being extremely bloody, that’s what. This season finale is no different. How did the finale end? In a bloody mess of course!

Many Truebies, including myself, aren’t happy with the weak way Marnie was dispatched. She stabbed and killed Jesus in order to acquire his brujo magic and then chained a shirtless Bill and Eric to burn at the stake when her reign of terror came to an end thanks to a number of Bon Temps ghosts led by Adele Stackhouse (Sookie’s Gran) and Antonia. Both joined together to convince Marnie to release her rage so she could rest in peace. I don’t know about you Truebies, but that seemed too easy to me.

Mark Roush, writer for TV Guide, said:

“With the Marnie dilemma ponderously resolved, and Gran’s Hallmark advice to Sookie (“Being alone… ain’t nothin’ to be afraid of”) interrupted by Eric’s droll “Excuse me, we’re feeling a little crispy up here,” there’s still half an episode to go. And does it ever pile it on.”

Sookie cuts both Bill and Eric out of her life making fans wonder if a certain were-tiger named Quinn will make an appearance next season.

What else happened on Sunday’s finale? Well, Steve Newlin appeared at Jason’s door bearing a nice set of shiny white fangs. Alcide discovered an empty hole in the cement garage where Russell Edgington was supposed to be entombed. While Sam was confronted by a snarling wolf, the ghost of Rene spooked Arlene by warning her that Terry’s new war buddy is up to no good. Nan Flanagan was staked by Bill just before Sookie was attacked by Debbie Pelt. Just when you think Debbie is going to shoot Sookie, Tara dives in front of her and is shot in the head. Sookie blows Debbie away and we are left with Sookie screaming for help as she cradles Tara’s lifeless body in her arms.

Is Tara dead? I guess we can’t believe anyone is dead, knowing True Blood’s infamous resurrections, until they are at least six feet under. Even then, considering the Russell Edgington situation, that’s barely a guarantee on True Blood.

Source Credit: TV Guide– Finale Review: HBO’s Sunday Night

(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)


True Blood Season 5 Spoilers From Co-EP Raelle Tucker

September 14, 2011

Co-Executive Producer/Writer Spills the Scoop on Season 5:

True Blood vampires by HBOWe have more news on what to expect in Season 5 of HBO’s True Blood, straight from co-executive producer and writer, Raelle Tucker. Remember when Stephen Moyer said there would be “an omnipresent power” next season in this article?

Raelle Tucker backs this up by saying:

“There will be a very significant, strong, mysterious woman at the center of one of our main stories next year. That will be a very familiar and compelling character. It may be someone you’ve heard of before.”

The show will delve pretty deep into the world of fairies, giving us all (including Sookie) a better understanding of the fascinating creatures.  Speaking of Sookie and Supes, as we saw in the finale, she has seemingly sworn them off — at least romantically.  But can one ever really be rid of Supes in Bon Temps?  Highly doubtful.  So what does this mean for Bill and Eric?  What the heck will they be doing, if not fighting over Sookie?  According to Tucker, seeing as how they offed Nan Flanagan,

“The consequences of their actions in the finale are going to chase them for a while next year.”

What about creepy Rene, Terry, and Arlene?  Well, it seems Rene was right!  Terry is going to be nothing but trouble next season, thanks to his old buddy Patrick.  Fitting that Terry’s past would come back to haunt him on All Hallow’s Eve, don’t you think?  But poor Terry isn’t the only character whose past is coming back to haunt him — we now know that Steve Newlin is back (as a vampire, who saw that one coming?!), and so is the King of Mississippi!  Uh oh.  I smell trouble.  That little fella is NOT going to be happy.  Three cheers for Russell Edgington and his crazy antics!

What do you think, Truebies?  Is Season 5 already shaping up to be a good one?

Source: InsideTV.EW.com – ‘True Blood’: What’s Ahead for Season 5?

(Photo: HBO)


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