True Blood’s James Frain Joins True Detective Cast

November 16, 2014

Season 2 of True Detective Casts a True Blood Favorite:

TRUE-BLOOD-Season-3-James-Frain.Fans of the unhinged Franklin Mott from Season 3 of HBO’s True Blood are in for a treat with Season 2 of HBO’s True Detective. It has recently been reported that actor James Frain will join the cast in a recurring role. Frain will be playing the role of ruthless police lieutenant, Jeff Hunt.

According to Deadline, the synopsis for Season 2 is as follows:

The second installment in the crime franchise revolves around three police officers, played by Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams, and a career criminal (Vince Vaughn) who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder.

In addition to James Frian’s casting announcement, actress Lolita Davidovich will also join the cast as Kitsch’s mother and washed out former showgirl, Nancy Simpson.

And according to E! Online, the following cast have also been confirmed:

True Detective’s second season will also feature Black Box alum Kelly Reilly in a series regular role, as well as Almost Human’s Michael Irby, Suits star Abigail Spencer and The Tomorrow People’s Leven Rambin in recurring roles.

It has been announced that Justin Lin will direct the first two episodes of this new season with creator Nic Pizzolatto writing the script. Production on Season 2 of True Detective will begin in California this fall.

Will you be tuning in just to watch True Blood’s bad boy, James Frain, in True Detective? Or are you already a fan of this new series? Let us know by commenting below!

Sources: Deadline – ‘True Detective’ Adds Lolita Davidovich & James Frain For Season 2

E! Online – True Detective Season 2 Casts 2 More Roles—Who Just Joined HBO’s Drama?

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3 Former Vampires Discuss Being on True Blood

September 3, 2014

Michael McMillian, Denis O’Hare and James Frain Weigh in on the True Blood:

3 True blood vampiresFor fans of HBO’s True Blood, there were three vampires on the show that were arguably discussed more than all the others: Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian), Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) and Franklin Mott (James Frain).

Steve was an anti-vampire religious zealot that was turned into a vampire and then came out to the world as not only being a vampire, but a gay vampire. Russell Edgington was the King of Louisiana who loved nothing more than to rip the beating heart out of newsreaders on national television.

Franklin, while his time was short on True Blood, was possibly the craziest of the three and had a unwanted crush on Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) back when she was still a human. At that stage, Tara was very definitely anti-vampire, but, as we all know, was turned later on when she was shot. Frain had this to say about Tara being turned:

When Tara became a vampire, I was like, “Oh! Then we could have gotten married!” [Laughs] She was the one that got away! I just messed it up. I was too forward. I was too eager. I should have held back. But Franklin genuinely thought he was in love with Tara. He thought it was a legitimate elopement, and then couldn’t handle it. I think he needed quite a lot of therapy. Quite a lot.

The three actors got together recently to reminisce about their time on True Blood. Michael McMillian discussed how he is constantly being asked about who turned Steve into a vampire. He had this to say on the matter:

I would love to see how Steve became a vampire. It’s a question I get all the time, from fans and friends — will we ever get to find out who Steve’s maker is? I have my theories, though. In one script, in episode three of season five, it was going to be revealed that Salome was Steve’s maker. I think he gave her a hug, and she said, “As your maker, I command you to let go of me.” And then in a rewrite, that was taken out and the whole scene was changed, and that got lost, and it was never brought up again. So it was a mystery. I really wanted it to be Pam! [Laughs] There was a line when she was turning Tara, where she said she had done it once before and it didn’t work out, so she has another progeny we don’t know much about. So maybe during that year when Sookie was gone, she had to make Steve for some reason. [Laughs] But it doesn’t save Steve from being executed by Eric. I think it’s officially unofficial who Steve’s maker is.

As for Denis O’Hare, he still watches the show and even has an alternate ending for how he would have liked the show to finish:

I was catching up last night [before the Season 7 finale]. It’s a very weird magical world it creates. It feels like a version of reality that’s really warped …It would be great to have a really tacky ending, in which you suddenly go into Bellefleur’s, and a disco ball starts turning, and all the characters from the entire seven seasons suddenly start showing up and dancing. And you watch them all sort of dance with each other — Russell kind of sidles over and grabs Bill’s [Stephen Moyer] hand, and they do a little dance. And then Talbot [Theo Alexander] comes in and he points, “Whoa! You’re back!” And Franklin Mott walks in and everybody goes, “Franklin!” Something like that. A bad disco ending, I would take.

How would you describe your perfect alternate ending to HBO’s True Blood? Let us know by commenting below!

You can read the full interview Michael McMillian, Denis O’Hare and James Frain did with Vulture by clicking here.

Source: Vulture – 3 Wild and Crazy Former Vamps Reminisce About True Blood

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True Blood’s James Frain to Star in Sleep Hollow

September 26, 2013

James Frain is the ‘Go-To Guy for Playing Off-Putting, Imperious Individuals’:

James Frain as Franklin Mott True BloodFans of HBO’s True Blood all seemed to love the warped relationship between crazy vampire Franklin Mott (James Frain) and Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley). Many were saddened when he met an early demise, hoping, instead, he would live on like he did in the Southern Vampire Mystery series of books by Charlaine Harris.

Well, James Frain is back – just not on True Blood though! TV Line recently  confirmed that James had signed on to play a recurring role in Fox’s new series, Sleep Hollow. Michael Ausiello had the following to say about Frain’s Sleepy Hollow character, Rutledge:

[he is] a modern-day nobleman who will interrogate Ichabod, who is being passed off as a “visiting Oxford professor,” about his past.

Ausiello also hints at a ‘secret which could affect Icabod’s future’. Hmm, sounds intriguing! Frain always seems to play characters that are odd, off-putting and at a loggerheads with authority, so it will be fantastic to see how the role of Rutledge will evolve in Frain’s capable hands.

It has not been confirmed exactly when James Frain will appear on Sleepy Hollow, but you can tune in on Monday nights at 9/8c to catch this new TV series.

What are your thoughts on James Frain’s newest role. Have you been watching Sleepy Hollow? Or will you tune in just to see James Frain? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: TV Line – Sleepy Hollow Exclusive: True Blood Baddie to Butt Heads With Ichabod

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Counting Down True Blood’s Vilest Villains

March 23, 2011

The Top Six Most Evil:

We all know Bon Temps is a mecca for supernatural activity, and with that comes more than their fair share of villains. Taken from True Blood Seasons 1 through 3, recently listed their top six picks for the vilest villains. Check out the list below!


6. Franklin Mott (portrayed by James Frain)

James Frain as Franklin Mott True Blood

5. Maryanne Forrester (portrayed by Michelle Forbes)

Michelle Forbes as Maryanne Forrester True Blood

4. Steve Newlin (portrayed by Michael McMillian)

Michael McMillian as Steve Newlin True Blood

3.Lorena Krasiki (portrayed by Mariana Klaveno)

Mariana Klaveno as Lorena Krasiki True Blood

2. Russell Edgington (portrayed by Denis O’Hare)

Denis O’Hare as Russell Edgington True Blood

1. Rene Lenier aka Drew Marshall (portrayed by Micheal Raymond-James)

Micheal Raymond-James as Rene Lenier  Drew Marshall True Blood

Be sure to check out the wet pain article for some sassy dish on each of the characters. Well worth the read. Who are your picks for Top Villain? Anyone positively EVIL you’d love to see in Season 4? Let us know in the comment section below!


Source: – True Blood’s Most Evil Villains

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Happy Birthday James Frain!

March 14, 2011

Happy Birthday James Frain!


Today, March 14, 2011 is James Frain’s birthday. The actor played the unforgettable role of the vampire Franklin Mott in the course of True Blood’s third season. We here at TBN would like to wish James a very happy birthday and hope that he has a wonderful day!

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James Frain Wants Vampire Tips from Robert Pattinson

February 16, 2011

Two British Vampires in the Circus

True Blood's James Frain (Franklin Mott)British actor James Frain, who played off-his-rocker Franklin Mott on HBO‘s True Blood, is in the upcoming film Water for Elephants alongside a fellow Brit, the swoon-worthy Robert Pattinson.  Based on Sara Gruen‘s popular novel of the same name, the film is set in the Great Depression, and revolves around a second rate circus run by husband & wife team August and Marlena Rosenbluth (played by Reese Witherspoon and Christophe Waltz).  Pattinson plays the circus vet, while Frain plays Rosie the elephant’s caretaker.

In an ironic twist, both British vampires had scenes together, but somehow managed to not broach the subject.  Frain regrets this, saying:

“I did have scenes with Robert in Water for Elephants but I’m sorry to say we didn’t swap vampire stories. I wish we had, people can’t believe there’s going to be a scene in the movie with a Twilight vampire talking to a True Blood vampire and that we didn’t spend our time chatting about that.  I wish I’d got vampire tips from him, I wish I’d gone, ‘Oi, Bob mate, any tips?’”

Acknowledging that many of his characters have been villains, he’s completely fine with it.  Like he says, “Bad guys are fun.”  This was especially true for Frain on True Blood, as that role afforded him his first chance to film a sex scene.  He’s thankful the show “made that dream come true.”  The darkness, craziness, and sex aren’t all that he found appealing about playing Franklin, however — he’s glad there was a lighter side to the vampire.  He elaborates:

“One of my favourite scenes involved Franklin at his most jovial. He’s quite a jokey dude. You know vampires have superpower speed? Well, Franklin uses this to text on a cellphone, showing off to Tara how quickly he can text. It’s like watching a kid with a video game, but at this point, he’s kidnapped Tara and has her chained to a bed, so she’s failing to be entertained.”

There’s no doubt fans remember this scene… it was hilarious!  It’s great that Frain has been enjoying his work, and that he’s had nothing but good experiences with fan encounters.  Hollywood’s been good to him, and we hope he sticks around.  Did you enjoy his portrayal of Franklin?  Do share your thoughts!

Source:– True Blood’s James Frain Wants to Swap Vampire Tips with Robert Pattinson

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True Blood’s James Frain Hides His Identity

January 16, 2011

His Kids Don’t Know His Alter Egos:

True Bloods Franklin MottTrue Blood‘s James Frain, who plays the lovably despicable Franklin Mott, doesn’t tell his kids what he does at night. The British star, who has two children with actress Marta Cunningham, won’t allow his children to see his movies.  Frain has not even admitted to them he is an actor, noting that he wants to “preserve their innocence” and doesn’t want them to learn about Hollywood life before they need to.

Frain also commented on his kids, saying,

They’re still too young to know what it is that I do for a living. My three-year-old daughter still thinks people on the TV can see you…Besides, they haven’t seen anything I’ve done because it’s all been so inappropriate

I’d say for sure that Franklin Mott is not how I’d want to introduce my young kids to a job! I can think of few characters – vampire or human, less likely to be a good role model. Or more likely to give a kid nightmares.

Source:  Toronto Sun – ‘True Blood Star Hides Career From Kids

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James Frain Had Fun Playing Franklin Mott

January 15, 2011

Franklin Mott’s Journey

James Frain as Franklin Mott The third season of True Bloodmay just be a memory for truebies here in the US but across the pond in the UK, the latest season will premiere on January 14th. In honor of the new season, Digital Spy published an interview from the Daily Record with the brilliantly funny James Frain discussing his role as the hilariously disturbing vampire Franklin Mott.

We first met Mr. Mott when he broke into Bill’s (Stephen Moyer) house searching for information on Sookie (Anna Paquin) and her origins. At first he seems like a well put together and mysterious vampire, especially to Tara (Rutina Wesley) when they meet at Merlotte’s. But unfortunately he doesn’t remain that way. Not only does he have a bad habit of gambling and killing. But he also has a poor track record with women making him both dangerous and emotionally unstable. Of Franklin’s progression Frain says:

“The journey he goes on is very dark but is also hilariously funny. Every week when I got the script I would be just laughing at the lines and enjoyed how much fun they had writing him and how they managed to take it really out-there without ever being totally absurd. He has some really great comedy scenes and some choice lines.”

Choice lines indeed! Who could forget the scene with Franklin texting on Tara’s cell phone?

James Frain on Playing Villains

Despite Franklin’s humor, playing a villain can be difficult. But James says that he actually likes playing a bad guy:

“I do enjoy playing villains, and while I have never thought of Franklin as a bad guy, he is a bad guy,” he said. “He’s got it all wrong and is working for the wrong people and thinks he is a good guy but is not. It’s good playing the bad guy but more than anything it was fun.”

It’s nice to hear that James had fun while shooting for True Blood! Although many might not agree with Franklin’s actions, the humor that came with the character brought a much welcomed lightness to the show in a very bloody fashion.

Franklin Mott may be gone but he will always be remembered as one of the best characters of season three.

Source: Digital Spy– “James Frain Loved True Blood Role”

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Teaser Trailer Released for Upcoming James Frain Film

January 5, 2011

Franklin Mott as an Elephant Trainer

James Frain, Franklin MottA teaser trailer has been released for the new film, “Water for Elephants,” in which James Frain, known as True Blood psychotic vampire sleuth Franklin Mott, plays an elephant trainer.

“Water for Elephants” is based on the novel by the same name. It focuses on a popular traveling circus act. The movie stars Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. When asked if Frain discussed vampire tips with the Twilight star, he says, no, it didn’t come up.

Frain tells British press:

“My scenes were with Robert Pattinson but I’m sorry to say we didn’t swap vampire stories. I wish we had.”

The film is tentatively scheduled for an April release.

Sources: – Frain: No Vampire Tips from R-Patz – “Water for Elephants” teaser trailer

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True Blood Receives Best of 2010 Accolades for Season 3

December 27, 2010

The Best Stuff on TV

True Blood Season 3Every television show on air has high and low points throughout its season. However, True Blood has managed to have some of the best characters and moments of 2010 with only half the number of episodes that a regular network show produces. While our favorite show may not be recognized at the Golden Globes this year, it certainly has not gone unnoticed by the rest of the media, particularly online. Earlier this month I reported that Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) made a top ten character of 2010 list.  Today I am proud to report even more accolades the show and its cast of characters have received this year.

Did that Really Just Happen?: Russell Edgington on the Evening News

If your lover of 700 years was staked by a vampire who claimed his loyalty to you, what would you do? The King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) found himself in this position after Eric Northman reduced his consort Talbot (Theo Alexander) to vampire pulp in episode nine, “Everything is Broken.” After seeing his raw grief over Talbot’s remains one could only wonder exactly what would happen to Eric. But no one could have imagined the scene that unfolded at the end of the episode. One minute, a news anchor is reporting on the VRA and the next, his spine is being ripped out before Russell goes on a diatribe about how inferior humans are. Insert expletives here.

This unexpected moment which rivals Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Lorena’s (Mariana Klaveno) head-twisting sex scene earned a Boxee award from for Best Scene of 2010, a Best Performance of 2010 from TV Guide, and a Most Shocking Moment of 2010 from MSNBC and the Today show. Relive that moment by watching the clip below:

Most Under-Appreciated Character of 2010: Lafayette

In season three Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) was forced back into the V trade, had to deal with Tara’s (Rutina Wesley) grief over Eggs (Mehcad Brooks), not to mention his crazy mother Ruby Jean (Alfre Woodard), a slowly blossoming relationship with her nurse Jesus (Kevin Alejandro), and surviving calling everyone’s favorite pink vampire Pam (Kristen Bauer Van Straten) a hooker. Through it all, Lafayette has managed to keep his unique sense of style and his job at Merlotte’s.Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette ranked our favorite cook and entrepreneur number two on their list. The character of Lafayette was actually killed in the course of the first Sookie Stackhouse novel. But because of his personality and popularity, series creator Alan Ball couldn’t bear to do the same onscreen and we love him for it. True Blood would never be the same without you Lafayette and we can’t wait to see what trouble you get into in season 4.

Favorite Guest Star: James Frain

James Frain as Franklin MottPrior to meeting Franklin Mott (James Frain) the vampires of True Blood could be described as a fairly cool bunch, no pun intended. This new addition to the vampire ranks however made even Lorena look a little saner. The emotionally unhinged Franklin could have been a very dark character. But in the hands of James Frain, Franklin became a crazy, but love-sick vampire with a thing for Tara.

A vampire who operated between menacing and tearful was the last thing we expected from creatures that usually get a kick out of causing humans pain. Easily one of the best providers of comic relief this season, James earned Spoiler TV’s Favorite Guest Star Award for 2010. Though Franklin Mott may be gone forever, we’ll always have the memories. Who knows? Maybe he might come back in some form. We know James Frain is game.

Top Ten TV Show of 2010: True Blood

In just twelve episodes True Blood went from Bon Temps to Shreveport to Jackson and back again. We met a werewolf named Alcide (Joe Manganiello), saw Pam cry, watched Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) stand up for herself and kick both Bill and Eric to the curb and that’s just for starters!

There is no question that True Blood has been chalk full of goodness this year from watching sweet Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) descend slowly back into a dark past to watching Arlene (Carrie Preston) try to deal with carrying a murderer’s baby. Oh and who could forget Jason’s (Ryan Kwanten) attempts to become a deputy sheriff in Bon Temps?

It was for these moments and many others that the Houston Chronicle named True Blood number six on its Top TV Shows of 2010. They also made mention of Russell Edgington’s appearance on the news bringing the count to four mentions. Season three was full of a lot of highs this year making us wonder how exactly Alan Ball and co will top it for season 4.  But one thing is for certain, it will be nothing short of fangtastic!

Sources: MSNBC– The 15 “Most Shocking Moments” of 2010– The SpoilerTV Awards
List and– 10 Most Under-appreciated Characters
TV– Best Performances of 2010– The First Annual Boxee Awards 2010
The Houston– Tune In’s Ten Best TV shows of 2010

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