Sam Trammell: “I Am Inspired By My Dog”

December 4, 2009 by  

samtrammel_featuredThe cast of HBO’s True Blood, Sam Trammell, Michelle ForbesRutina Wesley and Alexander Skarsgard were in Paris recently attending the premiere of  True Blood at the Max Linder Cinema. Season two of True Blood premiered on French TV on Dec. 2 at 21.30 on Orange Cinemax. Meanwhile, Season three is due to start shooting on Dec. 3 in Los Angeles..

In a recent interview Sam Trammell, who plays the shape-shifting owner of Bon Temps’ favorite bar, met with 20 minutes. He talked about about working on True Blood and his role as True Blood’s favorite shifter, revealing at the same time his wit and charm.

Asked about his performance as a Sam Merlotte, a shape-shifter capable of shifting into a dog, Sam explained that while there were certain challenges, such as playing nude scenes, he was inspired by his own dog, particularly.

“His way of sniffing, of moving. I also played a lot of nude scenes, so the challenges were certainly not lacking.”

Sam also acknowledged while True Blood had its die-hard fans, certain themes of True Blood might not be some people’s cup of tea.

“[…] half the people I know in Louisiana, where part of my family are from, do not watch the series. They are too conservative and believe it gives a bad image of the South. The other half love it!”

He expanded on this, indicating that the geographical dimension is important in understanding the demographic variation in attitudes to True Blood.

“[…] First, because actually, people in the South are very different. They talk, dress differently. And then, there’s the whole historical dimension. The ghost of slavery still haunts and racism is still present at times […]”

At the same time, Sam cautioned against over-analyzing True Blood, particularly its portrayal of vampire-human relations, indicating that we should

“not conclude that True Blood is hyper metaphysics. Six Feet Under was […] Although I studied semiotics and, yes, we can interpret the series in sociological terms but also Marxist, feminist and linguistic [ways].”

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  • Antonio

    Thanks Udo this is a wonderful article! Its interesting to hear Sam talk about what inspires him to do this show and work his scenes! Sam is 1 of my favorites Both On the show And Off He seems like a cool guy in real life,too! I still get creeped out by that scene of Sam in S1 where he puts on the latex gloves goes into the murdered gal’s room and climbs up on her bed and smells her sheets and rolls around in them like a dog!! I’ll bet his dog was a help to him there! That scene was creepy and showed maybe a “darker” side of Sam perhaps? Plus, I like the idea that the writers made it look like he could have been a suspect That’s just good writing!
    Someone here suggested that this scene wasnt showing a dark,depraved Sam but like a dog trying to sniff out the identity of the killer so as to protect Sookie from him.
    I guess that scene is open to interpretation.
    I have been inspired and moved as many of us have by his and the performances of the cast including Steph,Alex and Ryan
    Also Anna,Rutina,Debrah Ann,Michelle even though her character gave me the creeps….LOL

  • Gee, you have to love Sam!! What a great title! “I am inspired by my dog”! Oh dear. I love reading/watching anything done by Sam!