Jim Parrack Discusses Why He Returned to True Blood
July 20, 2014 by Rachel Tsoumbakos
Hoyt Fortenberry Gets an Unwelcome Phone Call From a Friend He Can’t Remember:
In Episode 4 (entitled Death is not the End) of HBO’s True Blood Season 7, we witnessed a scene between Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) and his glamoured ex-best friend, Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack). Not only was the scene heart breaking to watch because Hoyt learns of the death of his mother, Maxine Fortenberry (Dale Raoul) but because it is a conversation between two men who were once best friends. Of course, after Jason slept with Hoyt’s girlfriend, Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll), the friendship was over and Hoyt made the decision to move away and have Jessica glamour both her and Jason out of his memories completely.
While Truebie fans were glad to see Hoyt return to True Blood (even if it wasn’t under the best of circumstances), actor Jim Parrack was at first hesitant to return to the vampire series:
I liked the arc I had where, in the first season Hoyt was very much like a child, and by the end of it he made a man’s decision to strike out on his own. So I couldn’t have been happier with it. I liked the way it ended. I felt like I had done everything I could with that character without starting to repeat some things. Also, I’m creatively satisfied, I have other things going on (movies, Broadway).
But after thinking about it, he decided to return for the following reason:
The thing that made me want to come back was just my friends on the show, really. We took big cuts on the money, the schedule was crazy, but there are a couple dozen people on the show that I consider to be my friends. Two years is a lot of time for an actor when you’re growing. I’m a much better actor than I was when I left the show. It’s nice to reinvent the role and think about what may have changed for Hoyt. So I could come back and be a different kind of actor about it, and also do it with my friends. I owe so much of my professional success to the opportunity that (creator) Alan Ball gave me on True Blood. So I wanted to be there for the end if I could.
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Source: Toronto Sun – True Blood’s Jim Parrack Hopes Show Goes Out on a High Note
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