Chris Bauer: True Blood Was Like Dipping Your Hand Into the Candy Jar

November 11, 2014

Chris Bauer Chats About His Time on HBO’s True Blood:

Andy Bellefleur meme censoredFor Chris Bauer who played the bumbling sheriff – but fan favorite – Andy Bellefleur, leaving HBO’s True Blood was a sad event. While he is not sure the show could ever be resurrected successfully, he was so happy with his time spent on set over the last seven years, that he would turn up regardless:

It would be really hard to think of a scenario where you could really resurrect the atmosphere and the tones and the playfulness of True Blood for its own sake. If they called me and said we’re gonna shoot something and everybody is gonna show up on this day, I would be there early.

But in terms of the audience, I feel like it would be hard to come up with a reason to tell those stories again. Bottom line is, if you throw a party, I will be there!

But what of the popularity of True Blood? What does Chris think was the reason behind the show’s success? He attributes the show’s longevity to the fact that living forever and the allure of sex were ever present topics. However, he thinks the main appeal was the fact that it never took itself too seriously – even when tackling serious undercurrent topics:

You can never discount how fun it was to watch True Blood. On a pop culture level, it had a lot to enjoy, it was like the candy drawer. You can put your hand in and pull out something that tastes good, no matter what. Then it had the fundamental myth, which is the struggle of life and death, and in the face of death, what do we have available to us as a consolation?

What do you think were the main reasons True Blood was so successful?Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: Digital Spy – True Blood’s Chris Bauer: ‘7 years was a damn good run’

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Happy Birthday Chris Bauer!

October 28, 2014

Chris Bauer stars as Andy Bellefleur in HBO's True Blood

 

TrueBloodNet.com would like to wish Chris a very happy birthday! May all your wishes come true!

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VIDEO: More True Blood Cast Say ‘Thank You’ on Instagram

August 23, 2014

Todd Lowe, Anna Paquin, Lauren Bowles, Michael McMillian and Chris Bauer Thank the Fans:

Here we have it, another group of cast members – past and present – from HBO’s True Blood all saying thank you to all us truebies on Instagram! If you missed the other thank you videos, then you can view them here, here and here.

Todd Lowe

Todd Lowe sends a thank you to all of the military support he has received over the years. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd #GoodybesSuck

Anna Paquin

We literally couldn’t do this without you. “ @_AnnaPaquin sends her love to all Truebies out there. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd #GoodybesSuck

Lauren Bowles

Lauren Bowles sends a thank you to the #TrueBlood fan base. Watch the final episode this Sunday at 9PM. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd

Michael McMillian

@McMillzz thanks all of the loyal #TrueBlood fans. Send off the series this Sunday at 9 PM. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd

Chris Bauer

“Without you there is no us.” Chris Bauer thanks all of the loyal #TrueBlood fans. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd #GoodybesSuck

Source: Instagram – TrueBloodHBO

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True Blood’s Chris Bauer to Star in RACE at CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre

August 10, 2014

Chris Bauer Treads the Boards After True Blood:

Chris Bauer stars as Andy Bellefleur in HBO's True BloodChris Bauer (who plays Andy Bellefleur in HBO’s vampire series, True Blood) will head to the stage this September. He has been cast alongside Dominic Hoffman, Jonno Roberts and DeWanda Wise in the production of Race which is being performed at CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet has written Race and the synopsis is as follows:

In “Race,” Mamet tackles America’s most controversial subject in his provocative tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. In “Race,” two lawyers find themselves defending a wealthy white executive charged with sexually assaulting a black woman. When a new legal assistant gets involved in the case, the opinions that boil beneath explode to the surface.

Race will begin previews on August 31, with the show running through to September 28 2014. Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the link below or by calling (213) 628-2772.

Alternatively, you can purchase tickets at the CTG box office located at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office two hours prior to curtain call.

Source: BroadwayWorld.com – Chris Bauer, Dominic Hoffman, Jonno Roberts and DeWanda Wise to Star in RACE at CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre This Fall

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COMIC CON 2014: True Blood Cast Hints at a ‘Not Happily Ever After’

July 29, 2014

Are Eric and Pam True Blood’s Version of ‘True Love’ Then?

True to the End HBO True Blood Season 7 promo posterLast weekend at San Diego’s Comic Con 2014, Zap2It got to talk to the cast of HBO’s True Blood about things such as true love and happy ends and do they exist in the Sookieverse. So how do the residents of Bon Temps and Shreveport view love in this TV series?

According to Kristin Bauer van Straten, who plays vampire Pam, she feels her character’s relationship with her maker, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) transcends the idyllic notion of true love – after all they have been together for more than a hundred years. She suggests that their love is perfect and unconditional after all their time together.

Nelsan Ellis (who plays the flamboyant Lafayette Reynolds) thinks that his character could definitely find true love. And then immediately backs it up with a ‘but we’ll have to wait and see‘ stock response. Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur), on the other hand, believes his character has come to forgive vampires and has had the realization that vendettas are actually pointless. Once he discovers this, he also finds out that he is no longer alone in this word any more.

As for Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler-Bellefleur) and Anna Camp (who plays god-shopper and resident baddie, Sarah Newlin), both women agree that Arlene could possibly be the only person who could talk some sense into Sarah. But apparently the pair never get a scene together, so it is a moot point. Although, this would indicate that Sarah Newlin’s story line could be held entirely in Dallas for this final season. And what a shame too, that is one southern scrag fight I would have loved to see!

Stephen Moyer’s (who plays vampire Bill Compton who is currently suffering from an accelerated dose of Hep-V) words are possibly the most telling though. When asked about whether there will be a happy ending for anyone in True Blood Season 7, his reply was:

I’m not sure that’s how Alan Ball conceived things. Even though Alan’s not running the show any more, happily ever after is something that we have always known on our show that as soon as something good happens to a character, something bad is about to happen. So, do you ever know? Are they ever happy? I don’t know.

You can watch the full Zap2It video interview and make up your own mind on the fate of True Blood:

How do you think True Blood will end? Let us know by commenting below!

Source: Zap2It – ‘True Blood’ Cast Teases the End of Season 7

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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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VIDEO: SPOILERS True Blood Season 6 Episode 6 Preview

July 16, 2013

True Blood Season 6 Half Way Finished-Where Will the Next Episode Take Us?:

 

True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard and Kristin Bauer van Straten

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We are half way through Season 6 of HBO’s hit show True Blood, and things just keep heating up!  The war between vampires and humans continues to escalate, while love and loyalties will continue to be tested.  We know that a major character is supposed to die in Season 6, and that it is to happen around the half way point, could Episode 6 be the ending for one our beloved characters?

HBO has released the details of Episode 6 of True Blood:

Bill (Stephen Moyer) decides to seek out Lillith (Jessica Clark) for advice on handling the escalating human-vampire crisis. Eric (Alexander Skarsgård), Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten), Nora (Lucy Griffiths), Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) get up-close-and-personal looks at the perverse perils of Vamp Camp. Sam (Sam Trammell) comes to a decision he hopes will be in Emma’s (Chloe Noelle) best interest. Andy (Chris Bauer) gives his faerie daughter a name, or two or three or four. Arlene (Carrie Preston) has a solution to Terry’s (Todd Lowe) malaise, and Eric makes a startling discovery”.

This episode is written by Daniel Kenneth and Directed by Howard Deutch.

I can’t help but notice that the main character Sookie Stackhouse(Anna Paquin) and Lafayette Reynolds(Nelsan Ellis) are not mentioned in the Press Release, when we last saw these two Layfayette’s body had been taken over by Sookie’s deceased father, who was trying to drown Sookie…I wonder if this storyline could be the major death plot line…Guess we will have to just wait and see!

Episode 6 aires this Sunday July 21 on HBO at 9:00pm ET/PT.

Check out the promo here for what’s next on True Blood!

Source: Youtube: True Blood 6×06 Promo “Don’t You Feel Me” (HD) Season 6 Episode 6

Spoilertv.com: True Blood: Episode 6.06 -Don’t You Feel Me-Press Release

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VIDEO: HBO Releases True Blood 3 Part Preview of Upcoming Season 6 Episode 4-Clip 3

July 4, 2013

HBO Teases its Viewers with a 3 Part Preview Here’s #3:

 

True Blood's Bill and Jssica

Credit: Fanpop/Stephen Moyer/Deborah Ann Woll

Although we watched almost the entire Faerie population of Bon Temps be wiped out in Episode 3 of True Blood Season 6, thanks to Andy Bellefleur’s (Chris Bauer) naughty entanglement with Maurella(Kristina Anapau) 4 more faerie’s are growing up oh so quickly…unfortunately for these faeries, it appears Billith(Stephen Moyer) and Jessica(Deborah Ann Woll) have their sights on these faeries in order to save the vampire population!

Check out the video below and let us know what you think!

Source: You Tube– True Blood Season 6: Episode #4 Clip #3-Faerie Problems

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Chris Bauer Reveals Details of True Blood’s Season 6 on Radio

June 28, 2013

Chris Bauer Talks to ‘The Key (98.3)‘ & ‘Fish in the Morning‘ About True Blood:

Chris Bauer plays Andy Bellefleur in HBO's True Blood Season 6Fans of HBO’s True Blood are eagerly awaiting to see how Andy Bellefleur’s parenting skills will pan out in Season 6. For Chris Bauer (the actor who play Andy), it’s just nice not to be playing a bad guy. While he Bauer has had the chance to play bad guys such as a paedophile in The Devil’s Advocate, a prisoner in Face/Off and a union boss associating with the mob in The Wire, he had this to say about having a role on the right side of the law:

You only have to play those guys a couple of times before you know what’s like to be in that skin and then it’s fun to move on to something a little more normal.

he recently told radio station 98.3, The Key.

Speaking of his fantastic performance on The Wire, he also had a chance to speak more about that role to radio station, 93.1, Fish in the Morning.

But it’s the tasty little morsels he dropped about True Blood’s Season 6 that had trubies ears pricked. When the interviewer suggested that Andy’s role has been expanded on by HBO because Bauer is such a good actor, he replied with:

That’s an incredible compliment. I’m just gonna assume that what happened because that makes me feel good.

he told 93.1.

Make sure you check out the full radio interviews below.

The interview for The Key (98.3) can be listened to by clicking here.

For the Fish in the Morning (93.1) interview, please click on the sound cloud below:

Sources: Fish In the Morning Sound Cloud – Chris Bauer – True Blood

The Key 98.3 – ‘True Blood’ Actor Chris Bauer Says He’s Tired of Playing Bad Guys

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True Blood Season 6 – Will Sookie Die?

June 21, 2013

Lauren Bowles Has The Answer:

Anna Paquin plays Sookie Stackhouse in HBO's True Blood Season 6

With all the speculation about who will die in True Blood’s Season 6 after Brian Buckner spilled the beans early this month, Truebie fans are starting to panic!

And I don’t blame them – even the least liked main characters have been an integral part of our lives for more than five years now. Many people are speculating over how ‘major’ the major character really is. After all, would HBO kill off Sookie (Anna Paquin), Bill/Billith (Stephen Moyer) or Eric (Alexander Skarsgard)?

It seems the answer is no – or at least not Sookie. Lauren Bowles (who plays Holly Cleary) had this to say to EW.com about the major death occurring in True Blood’s Season 6:

It completely surprised me. There’s not much to say other than it’s completely heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking. But I really will say it’s one of those that I cried when I read it. Everyone at the table read was crying because in addition to who it is – and by the way, I’m saying that meaning it might be Holly, you don’t know – it truly could be anyone. I think it’s safe to say it’s not Sookie but other than that, it really could be anyone and it is so beautifully done. So it really is heartbreaking.

Well, if it’s not Sookie, who is it then? At the live True Blood Season 6 premiere event, Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur) also had this to say about it:

This is a season that takes its toll on the humans, for sure.

So does that mean the major death will be a human character? Well, only time will tell!

You can read the rest of Lauren Bowles interview here.

Sources: EW.com – Lauren Bowles previews ‘True Blood’ season 6: The bloodiest season yet and the major death that made everyone cry

YouTube – True Blood Season 6 Live From the Set

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