True Blood’s Chris Bauer: The Actor’s Experience of Andy’s Season 6 Journey

July 21, 2013

Chris Bauer Discusses Andy’s Future:

As if Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) hasn’t put up with enough with all of the shenanigans Bon Temps throws at him, he’s left with dealing with four fae daughters at the start of Season 6 of True Blood. Things only seem to be getting worse for the town sherriff, especially after the recent death of three of his ‘young’ ones due to one of our favorite redheaded vampires. Actor Chris Bauer spoke about his specific role this season as a father, incest, and his own Alexander Skarsgard impression.

When asked about the direction Andy is headed in now that recent events have changed things for him, Bauer commented:

“Andy really has to draw a line for himself between power and powerless. And I personally find that line to be one of the most deep and rich veins of humanity. There’s a lot of hubris that goes into thinking you can avenge anything, that you can affect the world in such a way that creates justice. On the other hand, there’s a lot of shame and impotence if you can’t affect your world at all. I think it’s extremely human.”

To add to the sherriff’s plate, Andy must learn how to take care of four ever-growing girls.

How did he deal with the rapid speed of time?:

“We had to discuss how emotionally invested you can get in people in three days. You have to take in that it’s three days in True Blood time, not three days in real time. So I did have to figure out how to manifest a subtle level of realism, because I’ve only known these girls for a few days, which is a slightly different emotional frequency than if they had been 18. But our actual human response to children is a sense of instant bond, instant protection, instant affection, instant concern for their well-being and future. So I just went to that.”

In reality, however, Bauer commented that due to his own “immature” nature, he didn’t speak too much to the many actresses playing his children, but the young ones made him feel right at home as if he were home with his own daughter when she was that young.

“They didn’t understand things like camera direction or how to find the lens, so when you do those scenes with the little teeny girls early on in the season, I would say my line and remind them where to look, remind them what to say, they would have their reaction, and I would say my line, and they would just cut out all my on-camera direction. It was very cute.”

When asked about the ancestral incest found in the show, particularly in his Andy’s storyline with the romatic encounter between Andy’s sister Portia and Bill(Stephen Moyer) (and Bill being Portia’s great-great-great-great grandfather), Bauer agreed that while it’s also confusing, it raises the stakes on his daughters’ attack. The event refocuses one of the show’s original themes of character interaction in a world with very different types of people.

“It’s like two species trying to get along, even though externally we look the same. That’s where all the racism, all the homophobia, all the sexism, all the diminishing-others-for-their-differences comes from. It’s so applicable.”

As for the writing process, the actor said he has not spoken with the writers to pitch ideas. Everyone involved is rarely even together, he said, except for the table reads.

From being a part of these, he has a message for the world:

“The world needs to know that Sam Trammell does a spot-on impression of Alex Skarsgård. Sam is like a character actor in a leading man’s body. It’s ingenious. I’ve tried to do it myself, and I can’t do it. But when Sam does it, it sounds like Eric, and it has this breathy trace of a Swedish accent, you know what I mean? It’s brilliant. I’ve tried to do Joe — I can’t. And it’s not that hard to do Andy. [Laughs.] You just have to growl while you talk.”

We can’t wait to see the rest of Andy’s emotional journey this season!

Source: Vulture.com – True Blood’s Chris Bauer on Faery Fatherhood and His Alexander Skarsgard Impression

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HBO a Two-Time Tease with True Blood Season 5 Trailer

June 2, 2012

More Revealed with Second Trailer for Season 5:

Bill, Eric, Nora season5A second trailer for True Blood’s Season 5 was released by HBO. This one runs a minute, twenty-two seconds and, where the first trailer focused on potential conflict with the Vampire Authority, this one sets the scene for the return of Russell Edgington.

Initial narration for the trailer is dialog from Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) as he confronts Sookie (Anna Paquin) with the reality that death seems to follow her, despite her attempts to avoid it. Dialog voiceover accompanies subsequent scenes of newly-rescued Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) being hidden as he heals. Alcide (Joe Manganiello), still acting as Sookie’s protector, tells her of Eric and Bill’s deception.

If the Vampire Authority isn’t enough to reunite Sookie with her vampire suitors, Russell’s reappearance seems to be. With Russell apparently coming for her, Sookie is forced to team up with Eric Northman (Alex Skarsgård) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), apparently against her wishes.

Fans are still left wondering what has become of Tara. A second question this trailer leaves everyone asking; who freed Russell from the concrete? This very question seems to have created a rift between Eric and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten). Does Eric truly believe Pam would betray him?

There’s Something Going On With Jason, Andy and Reverend Steve

This second trailer makes it seem as though Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) and Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) have had all they can take of vampires. With Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) in the picture once again, will he keep the Bon Temps police occupied? Or will they set their sights on Bill and Eric? Or worse, yet — Jessica.

What questions does the trailer leave you asking? Is that possibly Jesus we see? What kind of trouble is Sam in, now? The white finger-light is back. Can Sookie control it now?

What do YOU think? Share your theories in the comments section below.

Sources: YouTube and HBO

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True Blood’s Andy at Word Theatre’s 10th Anniversary

November 13, 2011

Chris Bauer Partakes in the Storytelling:

Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur) It appears that actor Chris Bauer, who plays Sheriff Andy Bellefleur on HBO’s True Blood, is spending his time supporting a very good cause.

Bauer was one of 200 guests to attend the 10th anniversary party and benefit for Word Theatre, hosted recently by Word Theatre’s artistic director Cedering Fox.  The event marked the celebration of 10 years of literary and artistic genius.  Fox describes the motivation behind Word Theatre as:

“…trying to ignite a new generation of literature fans, we bring stories to life, we give voice to great writing.”

The event was not only in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Word Theatre, but it was also a benefit in an effort to “help bring Word Theatre into Title I schools, which are largely attended by students from low-income backgrounds”.

Chris Bauer is not alone in the pursuit to support such a worthy cause:

“For over a decade the storytelling salon has fused the literary and theatrical worlds in Los Angeles with monthly events at which established actors such as Ed Harris, Forest Whitaker and Minnie Driver perform the works of fiction writers such as Rick Moody, T.C. Boyle and Mona Simpson over dinner in an intimate supper-club setting. In recent years, Word Theatre has expanded its reach, with monthly salons in New York and periodic events in London. All evenings are recorded and repackaged on CDs sold through Harper Collins Audio.”

Chris Bauer Word Theater (LA Times)

Word Theatre allows artists to be creative and bring to life the art of traditional storytelling. It is a breath of fresh air to hear that good old fashioned storytelling hasn’t completely vanished from the world we live in today.

Source: www.latimes.com

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True Blood’s Andy Bellefleur Finally Catches a Break

October 8, 2011

The Sheriff’s Hawaiian Vacation:

Chris Bauer, True Blood’s Andy BellefleurAfter watching the tumultuous ending to season four of True Blood, it’s clear that every person on that show could use a nice, long vacation. One person that is finally getting theirs in a big way is Chris Bauer. Now that he’s kicked the V habit, our favorite sheriff is off to the set of the revamped Hawaii Five-0 to film a guest spot on an upcoming episode.

Though the show is a popular crime drama, Bauer will be on the other side of the law this time around. He will guest star as the manager of an off-shore oil rig who runs into trouble when one of his men turns up murdered.

Tune in Monday nights at 10/9c on CBS to see how Bauer fares as a suspect in the popular show.

Source: Vulture – A True Blood Star Will Vacation on Hawaii Five-O

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True Blood’s Andy Bellefleur on Becoming an Addict

August 25, 2011

Chris Bauer Talks About Serious Subject Matter:

Chris Bauer is Sheriff Andy BellefleurSeason 4 of True Blood has showed that the inhabitants of Bon Temps, Louisiana have been stuck in stickier situations than when we saw them in the season 3 finale. While True Blood has multiple comedic scenes, it is also famous for depicting serious subject matter—and for Sheriff Andy Bellefleur, that serious subject matter is addiction.

Chris Bauer, who plays V addict Andy Bellefleur, said:

“As soon as Season 4 opened, it was pretty obvious he was deep into the effects of vampire blood. I think he’s been at it pretty hardcore for a while.”

In reference to the V addiction storyline, Bauer laughs and adds,

“I may be testing yours and a lot of the audience’s patience. But I think most of those consequences are to himself. For better or worse, [Andy] is a guy who has a pretty solitary life. There’s only so many people he can affect. Over four seasons, it’s become really obvious that his solitude is mostly his own doing. He doesn’t really engender himself positively to anybody and it’s in spite of his desire because all he wants to do is belong to something special.”

Bauer’s character has almost been unrecognizable this season thanks to his out of control V addiction and probably needs the love of a good woman to solve his problems. Bauer agreed, saying he couldn’t think of anything better. Also, Andy Bellefleur doesn’t know that King Bill Compton is actually an ancestor of his. Will he find out? Bauer said, “I hope he will find out about it because it’s just one of those moments that would be a shame to waste.”

What do you say, Truebies? Is it time for Andy to overcome his addiction, or has he not hit rock bottom yet?  Do you think he’ll snap when he finds out he’s related to Bill?  Share your thoughts with us below!

Source: Zap2it – ‘True Blood’s’ Chris Bauer: ‘Andy as a portrait of an addict is pretty accurate’

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Chris Bauer, True Blood’s Andy Bellefleur, Talks V Addiction

June 26, 2011

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Chris Bauer, the talented actor that plays frustrated hero, Andy Bellefleur, in HBO‘s hit series True Blood sat down and talked to The Fix last week and they’ve just released the interview. In the interview, Chris talks about his admiration for the True Blood writers, where he sees Andy coming from and how he portrays him as an actor. When talking about Andy’s attraction to V, Chris says:

His entire personality—namely his visible externals—are completely consistent with an alcoholic make up. At the end of season three, he finds out vampire blood has all the properties, and I think it’s evident that he was immediately intrigued. In some previous episodes, he had sworn off alcohol for life but vampire blood isn’t alcohol, which is so often the thought process of people who transfer addictions. All it took was one little drop for him to fall head first into the hole.

The interview is an interesting read. It’s clear that Chris is a thoughtful guy who doesn’t want to impose his views on anyone. For him, and Alan Ball, True Blood is about entertainment first and social commentary second, or perhaps even third; although many True Blood fans see it the other way around. Check out the rest of the article at The Fix.

Credit: The Fix

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Andy Bellefleur’s New Guns

April 24, 2011

Jim Parrack is afeard!

Jim Parrack @ Paley 2011 (David Livingston/Stringer)In a recent interview with New York Magazine, Jim Parrack, the actor who plays our lovable Hoyt Fortenberry, gave us the scoop on one of his co-stars.  Apparently, Chris Bauer (Detective Andy Bellefleur), unveiled something interesting at a recent work meeting — his buff new bod!

“Chris came into a table reading a couple weeks ago and he had on his cop uniform, and I stood up and I said, ‘I would actually do what this cop says to do,’ because Chris’s muscles were just popping.  I’m not kidding, he got fit. Chris’ll whoop all of our asses now.”

It’s only fitting that Andy should be extra prepared for whatever supernatural baddie may come his way.  He’s going to need all the help he can get this season!

Any fans of Chris Bauer out there?  Are you excited to see him and his new ‘gunshow’?

Source: WetPaint.com – Jim Parrack Says Get Ready for Buff Andy Bellefleur

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PaleyFest 2011: Things Seen and Heard at the True Blood Panel

March 13, 2011

 An Insider’s Look at PaleyFest

Gianna Sobol, assistant to creator Alan Ball was on hand at this year’s True Blood panel at PaleyFest 2011. And while she was there, she observed a few things that might not have made it into the coverage of the event that we the fans have been eagerly reading. Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur) claimed during the panel that he didn’t get recognized all that often.

 In fact, Alan Ball said that the story of Chris thinking he was being recognized but actually being told he had bird excrement on him was one of his favorite moments. But one thing is for sure, Chris has perfected his signature as you can see from the picture on the right. Backstage posters were set up for the cast to sign and Chris has a very nice John Hancock.

 However, the best backstage tidbit has to be the one about Alexander Skarsgård’s (Eric Northman) infamous wig from season 1:

While the clip reel played for the PaleyFest audience, the cast and their guests huddled backstage to watch on a little screen of their own. When they showed clips of Eric with his long hair from season 1, another cast member turned to Alexander Skarsgård and said, “You miss the wig, right?” Everyone laughed, knowing he does not miss the wig.

So that’s it for now trubies! But stay tuned to TBN for more on PaleyFest 2011 including a few videos and fan experiences coming very soon.

Source: Inside True Blood Blog– “What You Haven’t Read About PaleyFest…”

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Fresh Spoilers for Season 4 from Alan Ball and Cast

March 10, 2011

Spoilers Galore! What to Expect From the Main Characters:

True Blood PaleyFest 2011Alan Ball and most of the True Blood cast were at PaleyFest 2011, spilling beans left and right.  If you’d like to remain in the dark and be surprised come June, please stop reading!

The scoop on Sookie: Only four episodes have been shot, but she’s already kissed two people.  Hint — neither one was Bill!  Ball assures us Sookie won’t be forgiving Bill any time soon.  Well, no one can blame her.  As you may recall, it was revealed last season that Bill was actually sent Sookie’s way by the Queen (Evan Rachel Wood).  He let Sookie get beat up so that he could heal her, by way of making her drink his blood, thus guaranteeing a bond between the two.  According to Ball: “The betrayal is so deep that I don’t think she sees a way back from that.  That’s why we need 17 seasons!”  In the meantime, Sookie’s learned a few things while cavorting with the fairies.  Just not how to control her “microwave fingers”.

What’s happening with Bill?  Last we saw, he and Queen Sophie-Anne were in full attack mode in mid-air.  The only thing Ball will say is, “There is a bite-off [between Bill and the Queen]. Things happen.  It’s not just the two of them involved”.  Hmm… cryptic, much?

And finally, the lowdown on Eric: to the delight of many, it’s been confirmed he will have amnesia.  How does it happen?  Why?  We don’t know the details, but here is Alexander Skarsgård‘s take:

“He messed with the wrong people, he’s definitely not stable.  He doesn’t know who he is anymore… Eric needs help.  There are a lot of friendly people in Bon Temps kind enough to help.  The powerful character he was is just gone.  He’s the polar opposite of who he used to be.  He’s just completely lost… and very vulnerable.”

The Merlotte’s Gang:

What is the deal with Arlene‘s baby?  Or, as Ball puts it, her “evil” baby?  Rene’s progeny will be born tout de suite, and Terry will become a loving, proud papa.  Says Carrie Preston (Arlene), “That problem grows exponentially”.

Where is Tara Mae?  Thankfully, we’ll find out soon enough.  The old Tara is back in Bon Temps, minus the long hair.  What can we expect from her? Rutina Wesley says, “She may find some happiness, but just for a bit… You’ll find out early on where she’s been”.

Ring ring, hookah, ring ring.  Lafayette‘s gentleman caller, Jesus, revealed himself to be a brujo (witch), and clearly, a spell has been cast.  Whether it’s a literal spell, or Lafayette is simply in love, we don’t know for sure.  But we are certainly looking forward to finding out.

Speaking of lovers, things are looking good for Jessica and Hoyt.  Well, to a degree.  They’ll be facing many obstacles, but at least they’ll be facing them together.  Or will they?  Remember Mrs. Fortenberry?  “Mom is awful”, says Jim Parrack.  The rest of the anti-vamp populace also adds to their problems.  However, according to Parrack, we need not despair.  “Jessica is the one,” he says.

Last but not least, we have Mr. Merlotte himself, Sam.  The poor guy hasn’t had much luck in the love department, but he’s being given another chance.  According to Trammell, “I get another shot.  I’m at bat again.  I think Sam will sober up.”  But leave it to Alan Ball to throw a wrench in things.  Concerning Sam’s sobriety, Ball says, “He can do that for one episode”.  Why would that be?  Ah, remember how Sam shot his brother?  That may come back to bite him in the butt.

As for the Rest of Bon Temps (And Its Environs):

Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) was last seen in Hotshot, delivering a sweet, heartfelt speech.  Entrusted with the care of his werepanther girlfriend’s kin, we can only assume he’ll be doing his “Jason” best.  The only thing we’re going to get out of Kwanten is, “He should not be looking after an entire village of meth addicts — he’s Jason Stackhouse.”

While we’re on the subject of drugs, let’s talk about V — vampire blood.  Who’s it going to affect this season?  If you recall, Andy Bellefleur kept a vial of it, and curiosity’s going to get the better of him.  Oh, Andy.  What kind of mishaps are we going to see now?

Who’s rising from the dead?  Or is it the undead?  The final death?  Whichever one it is, the answer is no one.  We will, however, see Godric again, presumably by way of flashbacks.  Can you guess who else is back, but in the flesh?  The Vampire King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington.  Says Alan Ball, “We have definite plans to bring him back — and he’s gonna be pissed”.

Now for our favorite were, Alcide: Will he be hooking up with Sookie, or is he still not over Debbie?  As for Debbie, Manganiello says, “she’s still alive and at large, so you never know”.  We do know for certain, however, that Alcide will be spending time with Sookie.  Which is sure to set Debbie off.

A few last tidbits from Alan Ball: coming to the show will be “some new witches, new vampires, new humans, a new werewolf, and a child”, and in animal form, “a gator, a rattlesnake, and an attack owl”.

There you have it, folks.  Those are all the official spoilers we have for now, but rest assured we’ll keep them coming.  Who’s excited for Season 4?!

 

Sources: TVGuide.com – 15 True Blood Spoilers: Plus, Why Powerful Vampire Eric Is “Completely Lost”

FearNet.com – Breaking News!  First Hints at ‘True Blood’ Season 4!

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True Blood’s Sam Trammell and Lauren Bowles on Set

March 3, 2011

Spoiler Alert!  Spotted on Location:

True Blood's Sam Trammell & Lauren Bowles on Set

Read on if you don’t mind finding out beforehand what’s going to happen on our favorite show, HBO‘s True Blood.  On February 24th, a lucky photographer got some great shots of Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Lauren Bowles (Holly Cleary) and Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur) on set filming a new episode.  They were on location in Eagle Rock, CA.  The scene involved Sam and Detective Andy Bellefleur coming to Holly’s aid, as her house was on fire.  It looks like they manage to save her couch.

In other news, it’s been confirmed that our favorite maker, Godric (Allan Hyde), will be returning for what we can only presume to be flashbacks.  Are you excited, Truebies?  We think season four is gearing up to be another fine season.  Check out the pictures of the cast on location here.

Source: Accidental Sexiness – On the True Blood Scene: Sam Trammell and Lauren Bowles

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