Video: True Blood’s Top Five Death Scenes

July 1, 2011

When True Blood Gets Bloody:

Russell Edgington with Talbot in a jarTrue Blood = vampires. And vampires equal two things: blood and death. HBO certainly delivers on both counts, that’s for sure! Fear Net have compiled a list of their favorite deaths in the TV series. How many of them are your faves too?

Franklin

You actually have two fairly awesome deaths to pick from here. The first involving a medieval mace and Tara going equally medieval on his head, the second is actually his ‘true’ death though. This one involves Jason shooting him with a wooden bullet. Maybe not as visually gory, but certainly more effective in the long run.

Lorena

Let’s face it, we were all hoping for Lorena to finally kick the bucket. This must have put some amount of pressure on Alan Ball to make sure her death was worthy of our hate for the character. I think it certainly matched up. Watching Sookie having to restrain herself so that she only staked Lorena, and not her boyfriend too, was certainly something special.

News Broadcaster

Was this not the best way to end an episode ever? We never even saw it coming. Sure, we knew Russell was a little bit crazy, but never in our wildest dreams did we see this curve ball. Russell then proceeded to use the presenter’s innards as a prop for his speech.

Talbot

Talbot could possibly be the sexiest death ever, since he was involved in an intimate moment with Eric Northman at the time. His is an interesting case though, if you follow the logic from Franklin’s deaths. Technically speaking, you could say Talbot was killed three times over. Once by Eric, then Russell reenacted this staking with a Talbot look-alike, and finally, when Sookie put him (with maniacal glee, I might add) into the garbage disposal.

The Magister

This was another death we were glad to see. Except we almost didn’t get it. Just when we thought he was safe, though, Russell lopped off his head! Yet another episode cliffhanger involving Russell killing someone.

Now if you can’t remember all the characters who we have lost during all the seasons of True Blood, here is a memoriam video put together by HBO, to refresh your memory.

Source: Fear Net – True Death: Top Five ‘True Blood’ Deaths

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The Franklin Files — The Wake

November 16, 2010

Sam Merlotte had seen enough of his biological family to last a lifetime. Their dog fighting ways had even, for a quick second, taken away his chief joy in life, that is the time he spent running in the woods as a dog, it reminded him too much of them. He never felt so free as when he could take on his favorite form as a dog and just run with his tongue hanging out and run wild on all fours and let the cares of the bar, the vampires, of Sookie, and lately of Tara pass by him just as fast as every tree and shrub hit his face as he darted here and there. He loved drinking from streams and laying in the sun and then coming back to his truck and driving around to find a cheap motel and bar to spend his evenings and pretending he was nobody. In fact, he loved being nobody, never hearing his name called, “Sam. Sam. Sam, we need this…” or “Sam, Sam, how come you…?” or “Sam, Sam, Sam, how could you…?” or …

“Sam, Sam, Sam, I need another case of Bud Light. Hello, Sam? Sam, are you listening to me? Sam, hello? Earth to Sam…Come in Sam.” Tara was actually waving her hand in front of his face.

“Sorry, Tara.” I was just thinking about how nice it was to be out of here for a few days.”

“Well, nice to see you, too, Sam.” Tara feigned a pout and crossed her arms in front of her as she stood behind the bar.

“Hey, don’t take it personally, Tara. You know I’m always glad to see you. It’s just been a rough couple of months and all. I really needed the time away.”

“Yeah. And I’m glad you could afford to take the time, Sam.” Tara meant it to sound sincere, but there was a bit of an edge to her words.

“C’mon Tara, don’t be like that. I was gone for four days. It’s not like I abandoned ship for weeks on end and you’ve taken plenty of time off lately and I been pretty damn good about it, don’t you think?”

“And you know that was my choice, right?” Now Tara started to get a little upset.

“Okay,” Sam moved behind the bar. “I’m sorry, that didn’t come out right.”

Thankfully, Merlotte’s was just opening up, and no one was there yet. “Let’s just keep things light today, okay? I’m happy to be back and see you all. Let’s not fight. I appreciate your taking care of things for me. You’ve really come a long way since you hired in here. You and your cousin have become real important to me and Merlotte’s. I know I couldn’t do it without you.” He put his arms around her and gave her a kiss on top of her head.

“Okay, Sam. You’re right. I’m glad you’re back, too, and I don’t want to fight today. Can I just grab some iced tea and go sit on your porch for a while before things really start hopping here? I’ve been running since I got up this morning.”

“No problem. Take yourself some time. I’ve got things covered.”

Actually, Tara had been so busy since she’d left the night before and she was desperate to see how Mr. Meagles was faring in Franklin’s journal. She basically ran out to the porch in front of Sam’s trailer and skimmed through the pages of Franklin’s journal until she found this entry:

Thursday, November 29, 1855

Tonight has been a mournful night indeed. Spent the entire evening at the Wake for poor Mr. Meagles. I can’t believe how fast he slipped away. As I look over my past journal entries, I recall the many times I rode out to the house in a desperate attempt to intercede to God on his behalf. But despite my prayers and the doctor’s best efforts, nothing could keep him from inexplicably slipping away. The snakebites he suffered never seemed to heal over. Strangely, each day they seemed just as fresh as the day before while he grew weaker and weaker until his soul just left his body.

The Wake, of course, was filled with many people from the parish, local townspeople and Mr. Meagles’ business associates. Charles Meagles, his eldest son returned home with his family in tow, and was very upset to find that Mr. Flintwich and Miss Waters had ensconced themselves so thoroughly into his mother’s home. But after talking with Mr. Flintwich, he had a surprising change of mind and all was soon well. I don’t think that Mrs. Meagles could have withstood any conflict, such was her state of mind. She tried to put on the bravest of faces, but a handkerchief was always at the ready and Mother stayed at her side at all times in the role of guardian to which she is so very well suited. I don’t think there was a one of us there whose heart was not breaking as we watched the way Mrs. Meagles’ lower lip trembled and eyes welled with tears at the very mention of her beloved husband’s name. We all felt profoundly the loss of such a great and giving man.

That was not true of all in attendance for there were two ousiders there tonight, friends of Mr. Flintwich, who did lend a strange cast to the proceedings, a Mr. Russell Edgington and his assistant, Mr. Talbot. They are unbelievably also staying with the Meagles as guests of Mr. Flintwich. Apparently, they are business associates of his in the shipping of textiles to and from America. Despite the inappropriateness of the setting, Mr. Talbot was very keen to share with me his opinion of the current state of affairs of his business.

“We only ship the very finest of fabrics. Besides the ones we use here in Britain, we have contracted with some of the most accomplished weavers in both Germany and Italy that produce the most detailed and luxurious fabrics for us. They are simply exquisite. And I am currently working with some local tailors to create some of my own patterns to make available for others to use. I simply abhor what some people want to do with the beautiful fabric we produce. And you should see what they do with it in America! Of course, they really are a silly people. Can you imagine, growing all that cotton and then sending it over here for us to make into fabric only for us to sell it back to them? Maybe some day they will be smart enough to join us in manufacturing, will they not? Maybe then they can stop all this slavery and become a civilized people?”

Despite the fact that he had me driven into a corner of the drawing room, his pontifications were being carried across the hushed murmurs of all those gathered who were pouring out their grief with the Meagles. Finally, Mr. Edgington put a stop to it all, “Please excuse my business associate, Reverend. As you can see, he finds our work to be every bit as much of a ‘calling’ as you do yours. Come, Talbot, we have some things to discuss with Miss Waters.” And with that, he took him away.

I gratefully went to join a group of parishioners who immediately began gossiping about the curious guests staying with Mrs. Meagles, some even laying at their feet Mr. Meagles untimely death.

“Snakes my arse! Excuse me, Vicar Mott,” said Mrs. Cummings, who is one of the leaders of the Altar Guild.“No snake I know leaves bites as big as that. And the men have beat the bushes from here to Liverpool looking for some such giant snake and they’ve not found a slither in sight! I’m telling you something is not right here. All I can say is mind yourselves.”

At that moment, a bloodcurdling howl could be heard from outside the house. A chill ran through the room and everyone went quiet. Mr. Edgington and Mr. Talbot made a hurried exit for the front door as if something were on fire, while Mr. Flintwich hurried to the side of Mrs. Meagles and whispered something in her ear, and then got up to speak.

“Mrs. Meagles would like to thank you all for coming this evening. She has found your presence a great comfort. Given the lateness of the hour I think it’s best we take our leave for this evening and return each one of us to our homes. We will gather again in the morning at St. Mary’s, isn’t that right Reverend Mott?” But before I could answer, he was leading us all towards the door.

It was a strange ride home, the horses at the carriage a number of times tried to rear themselves and though the night was windy, I swore I heard the call of the wolf again. I was never so happy to return to the vicarage and to be safely inside my parents’ home. It is not often that I find myself saying that. I hope tonight to have blessed rest before we send poor Mr. Meagles off to a blessed rest for all eternity.

“Well, be glad they let him die,” thought Tara. She felt terrible for Mrs. Meagles, but she would have felt worse if she thought a good man like Mr. Meagles was doomed to the life of a vampire forever. And to think Edgington and Talbot were there! And Talbot was as prissy back then as he was today. “And he’s got some kind of nerve calling us too dumb to become civilized.”

By then Tara had made her way back behind the bar and was getting ready for the lunchtime rush. Jason Stackhouse came in with a bag from Wal-Mart in his hand.

“Whatcha’ got there Jason?”

“Oh, I stepped in a water canal this morning working out by the highway, so I had to go pick me up some new socks. And I just saw a thing on the news recently. Did you know that one city in China makes most of the world’s socks? We grow the cotton, send it over there and then they sell the socks back to us? Ain’t that a kick in the pants?”

“Yeah, Jason. Ain’t that just something? I guess not much has changed in 150 years. Same damn vampires, same damn business, same damn cotton, same damn buying it from somebody else. 150 years later!”

“Tara. Am I missing something? What are we 150 years late for?”

“Oh, Jason, mainly we’re late for saving poor Mr. Meagles.”



Disclaimer: The Franklin Files are provided for entertainment purposes only and is a parody of the fantasy series, True Blood, and as such, is presented here for your amusement. “Franklin Files” and the various writers that contribute to it, have no relationship/affiliation to HBO, True Blood, or any of the cast or crew of said program nor any relation to Charlaine Harris, or the Sookie Stackhouse novels.

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Theo Alexander and his Big Moment with Alexander Skarsgard

August 11, 2010

Most viewers are still in shock after Sunday’s explosive show of True Blood where it seemed as though everyone on the show was either fighting or making love, or both. Theo Alexander who plays the lovable but high maintenance Talbot. It appears as though viewers really loved how he whined to Russell about his new “wife” and how easy it was for him to demand that Eric get naked.  Many of us stood up and cheered for him on Sunday, and just as the action began,  Eric Northman literally back stabbed him.

During an interview after Sunday’s showing, Theo was asked about how his family will react, Theo assures viewers that his mom will receive the DVD set without that scene. The Greece native recently was home and has received nothing but positive support for his role on the show both by his friends and viewers.  When he was asked how he prepared for that day and scene, Theo said that it was very hard for him to play that scene and there were a lot of nervous energy between him and Alexander. Other actors had even given him advice, but he knew that he would just have to be as professional as possible and really  take a few moments before the scene to unwind, Theo mentions that he played a slow love song that really reminded him of his character.

“I did some acting exercises. I was playing the archetype of a lover, so I put on a sexy, slow song and almost did like a belly dance. I tried to get into the mindset of just being sexy and not caring about your sexual preferences and just acting on that attraction.”

Theo explains that in order to prepare for his role of being Denis O‘Hare‘s lover of 700 years, he and Denis had to really get to know one another. They went camping, went to dinner and mainly just talked. He says that in his eyes, they bonded almost immediately.  Theo has a lot of respect for Denis and seems to genuinely be in awe of him.

“We thought about the important moments, like when I was turned into a vampire. We thought about secrets between us, ranging from our sexual lives to how we played good cop/bad cop in front of people, because they truly have a different persona in front of people than what they have in their own bedroom. We had secrets from our characters’ personal lives though that we never revealed to our costars. The most important thing for me was to “fall in love” with Denis as an artist and as an actor. That wasn’t difficult because he was so kind and so open. I’m very proud to call him a friend now. For a young actor to work with someone with a Tony who gets international recognition for his craft, it’s very flattering.”

So, the big questions are will we see more of Talbot and how angry will Russell be after Talbots death. Theo has an answer to one of our questions,

” Well, my vampire goes through ancient rituals and he comes back as a straight, nice vampire and he goes out with Sookie. [Laughs] At least, that is my plan for Talbot.”

Very Funny. See how this love story unfolds this Sunday on HBO.

SOURCE: movieline.com

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Entertainment Weekly Spotlight on “True Blood’s New Blood”

July 18, 2010

True Blood’s third season has been shaken up by the presence of fascinating new characters added to the mix of our familiar favorites. Five of these newcomers to the cast are featured in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. They talk about their characters and some of the things they faced on the job.

Denis O’Hare, the veteran thespian behind Russell Edgington, discussed the difficulties of portraying a vampire–having to ingest large amounts of the sugary syrup used for blood, and trying to pronounce S’s when wearing the sharp speaking fangs. Neither Denis nor any of the other actors hinted at their longevity on True Blood, but the article does say that the King’s “never-ending appetite for political play is his downfall.” According to Denis,

“My trajectory is a tragic one. At one point I end up with rotten teeth.”

Russell’s companion, Talbot, is portrayed by Greek actor Theo Alexander. The character was initially envisioned to be British, but Theo wanted a chance for the part:

“When I read it, I said, ‘He’s very sensual, he’s very Dionysian, he’s very Socratic.’ He reminded me of Greek royalty. I wore my kimono [to the audition] because he’s wearing his robe in the first scene.”

Theo and Denis enjoyed spending time together before the filming to come up with some backstory for their characters’ 700-year relationship. Talbot’s not just there to be a pretty face with the snarky comebacks–executive producer Alan Ball hinted that his actions as the season continues would have “pretty far-reaching consequences for a lot of people.”

In league with Russell and Talbot is Franklin Mott, played by James Frain. He says it was a mark of his inexperience playing a vampire that he struggled to remove his fangs when everyone else could just pop them right out. According to James, Franklin truly does have feelings for Tara, but “his idea of love proves he’s a psychopath” in that his view is so skewed and narcissistic.

Moving on to the werewolf of the group, Joe Manganiello entered the show as Alcide Herveaux, protector of Sookie as she ventured to Jackson, MS. In the article, EW actually acknowledges a fan site for being the first to nominate Joe for the role–that’s the power of popular demand, folks! On the subject of the nudity that’s expected to play a werewolf (or any supernatural creature, or any human, really!) on True Blood, Joe mentioned that there are a few options for actors to cover–or not cover–themselves:

“A sock, a thong, and the ‘manty’ or man panty. You can go sans sock, [but] I come from a good Pittsburgh upbringing that raised me to wear a sock.”

Finally, we’re introduced to Lindsay Pulsipher, who is still a great mystery to viewers because we’ve only glimpsed her twice thus far in the season. Her character, Crystal Norris, grabs the attention of womanizer Jason Stackhouse. Lindsay says she’s different from other girls Jason has been with:

“She’s not so eager to jump into bed with him. She’s unaware of how courtship works.”

It seems that her storyline is going to be revealed slower than others, but Alan said that the people of Bon Temps will face danger directly related to Crystal. (How’s that for cryptic…)

Of course, there are a few other newbies in Season 3, but this was a great feature on these characters/actors and definitely gets us interested for what’s in store for them!

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly

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After 2800 Years, King Russell Has a Passion for Life

June 26, 2010

As a history buff, Denis O’Hare, who plays Russell Edgington on the HBO series, True Blood, has been creative enough to make up his own history for his character.

The vampire King of Mississippi is nearly 3,000 years old, according to series creator Alan Ball.  So, in a wonderful interview with the New York Post’s PopWrap, Denis shared that he was probably an ancient druid who migrated west.

“…one thing I do know from reading a lot of history, the ancient druids came from the area East of the Danube, and they migrated west searching for better land, better food and the bed of the sun.  They were sun worshippers, so I love the idea that inside of him, this vampire has memories of being a sun worshipper.”

In discussing backstories and motivation for his character, Denis said that each character in the show wants to obtain the same things – respect, affection and even food.  The vampires are often motivated by the human emotions and desires they were born with.  “I think even at 2800 years old, Russell has a drive for life.  A passion for life.”

PopWrap added that the king also has a thirst for power.  Calling back to history, Denis referred to “the old royalty of Europe” where marriage was based on politics.  Russell wants to form an alliance and being the crafty modern man, he will later start using the media to his advantage.

Evidently, this Sunday Russell will display a multi-layered personality that will show him as “deeply vicious, deeply sentimental, deeply vulnerable and deeply hostile all at the same time”.  Denis said he loved that scene.

“It is so beautiful that he has a moment of vulnerability during that speech where he’s attempting to manipulate Bill but ends up speaking about the emotional toll involved with being a vampire in love with a human.  He speaks the truth in the middle of this daunting chess game.”

Touching on the relationship between Russell and Talbot, Denis stated that vampires have different morals from humans.  Their relationship is extremely intimate and they are life partners.  But it is not considered a betrayal to be with a different partner.  It’s simply satisfying their lust which is another aspect of their love.  However, he admitted that theirs is “a tragic storyline”.

Fans want to know where Bill (Stephen Moyer) fits into Russell‘s plans.  Initially, Russell just wants to use Bill in a small way to obtain his goal.  But Denis said that, as in life, plans change for the characters as they move forward with them.  In Bill‘s case, the information he provides causes Russell‘s plans to expand.

“So Russell himself doesn’t always know what he’s doing.  There are times when you’ll see him with Eric [Alexander Skarsgard] or Bill where he’ll be dealing lies on at least two different levels – every character is lying about everything.  These people are playing a massive game that keeps shifting every episode.”

Denis described Season 3 as a non-stop rollercoaster ride.  Referring to episodes 9 and 10, he said we can expect scenes that “are the height of triumph and the abyss of despair”.  The emotional ride and darkness and images of lying in a pool of blood gives him nightmares.

Sunday nights are going to be white knucklers as we watch what unfolds this season.

Source:  nypost.com

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Vampire King is this Season’s Villain

June 22, 2010

Every good television drama needs a well written villain.  In Season 1 of True Blood, we had Rene out to kill vampire lovers.  In Season 2 we had Maryanne out to destroy the entire town. Season 3‘s villain is shaping up to be Russell Edgington the Vampire King of Mississippi played by Denis O’Hare.

As we saw in Episode 2, Edgington was responsible for Bill’s kidnapping by werewolves, for which he is completely unapologetic, and is plotting against Queen Sophie Anne. Not bad for his introduction! We also see that Russell has a boyfriend of 700 years named Talbot played by Theo Alexander. In the books Talbot is Russell‘s human companion and not a vampire.

In a show about vampires, werewolves and various supernatural beings there are plenty of “bad guys” to go around, but Russell is 2800 years old and the “oldest, strongest vampire” around.  That doesn’t bode well for the residents of Bon TempsO’Hare spoke to People Magazine telling them:

Russell intends to take over the world. He feels that human beings have squandered their stewardship of the earth by not treating it well. And he is an old Celt, a Druid, who was an earth-worshipper, and he feels like he needs to take over.”

O’Hare is listed as a Season 3 regular and said his character “has plans”. We can’t wait to see what those are!

Source: People Magazine

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Spoiler: True Blood’s Vampire King Wants It All

June 22, 2010

Do NOT read this article unless you really want to know what’s behind Bill Compton‘s kidnapping.

We met Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) and his boyfriend Talbot (Theo Alexander) on last Sunday’s episode of True Blood.  But we continued to be as baffled as Bill (Stephen Moyer) as to why the vampire King of Mississippi brought him across state lines.

Special thanks to TVGuide for interviewing Denis O’Hare and providing us with the inside scoop.

How did Denis become a fan of the show?  He had not read the books and wasn’t ready to switch his allegiance from Alan Ball‘s previous show, Six Feet Under, to his new HBO series.  But watching four episodes with a friend had Denis calling his cable company to sign up for HBO On Demand so he could watch the entire season of True Blood.

So once he signed on, what did he learn about his character?  Denis said he was told that in addition to having a southern accent, Russell is a charming, powerful and very deadly vampire.  He is beyond morality and as an ancient pagan Celt of approximately 2,800 years, the king is so concerned with nature that he believes vampires should rule the earth because humans are ruining it.

About his relationship with Talbot, Denis referred to it as tragic.  As in many marriages, the two can be deeply in love but get caught into a cycle of constant bickering.  It’s Talbot‘s nature to be moody with sudden periods of darkness.  And Russell is often worrying about Talbot‘s happiness.

Now about Bill, what does the king want with him?  Russell wants to “become the first vampire president of the United States, and his first target is Louisiana.”  In order to do that, he figures he’ll have to blackmail Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood) into marrying him.

For some reason the queen wants Sookie (Anna Paquin) and the king knows this.  He wants Bill to spy on the queen to give him something to use for his blackmail scheme.  But the kicker is, “Along the way, he realizes that Sookie is actually the prize, and then he becomes obsessed with her.”  Everybody wants Sookie!  And we’re talking about a gay vampire king and a lesbian vampire queen.  What is Sookie?

In comparing the two monarchs, Denis said this:  “Russell is good with money.  Sophie-Anne is childish; she doesn’t know how to wield her power.  Russell knows exactly how to wield his power.  Sophie-Anne is cruel in a sort of off-handed way; Russell is cruel is an incredibly calculated way.  They’re both violent and autocratic, but Sophie-Anne is erratic. There’s nothing erratic about Russell.”

We noticed that Russell also likes werewolves.  He’s been keeping them in his employ for over 1,000 years.  They are completely addicted to his blood, so they are loyal to him and are his eyes during the daylight.  In the ancient druid culture, the raven and wolf work together.  In the Celtic language, Russell‘s real name means raven.  Hence his love of werewolves.

In the article Denis also revealed that the king will spend a lot of time in Fangtasia.  He will also be visiting many front porches instead of eating at Merlotte’s.

Russell is like a snake; he’s incredibly calm and incredibly charming… until he rips your f—ing spine out.  My hands have been so bloody I’ve had to come home and soak them for a couple of hours.”

Season 3 is about to spiral into the white knuckler ride the cast promised it would be.  Hold on tight!

Source:  TVGuide.com

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Theo Alexander on Talbot and Russell

June 22, 2010

After months of waiting, True Blood fans have finally found out the mastermind behind Bill Compton’s abduction: Russell Edgington, the vampire king of Mississippi. However, it’s Russell’s partner of 700 years that steals the spotlight in the second episode of the third season.

Talbot is a vampire that would make Martha Stewart proud; he’s a gracious host, has an eye for decor, and knows how to give an elegant but intimate dinner party. In an interview with PopWrap, the actor that plays Talbot, Theo Alexander gives his take on the vampire.

In order to get the part, Theo had to first convince the casting director that what they needed was a Greek actor, not a British one. Theo, wearing a kimono, confidently went into casting as Talbot and proceeded to change everyone’s mind, including Alan Ball’s.

With everyone convinced that Theo could vividly portray Talbot, the next obstacle was to create a realistic bond between Talbot and Russell. Theo and Denis O’Hare, who plays Russell, decided to work on their 700 year history during pre-production. As Theo sees it:

“We met, we talked, we went to dinner, we had to create a 700-year history. It wasn’t easy but in order to be in love with someone on screen you have to really love them in real life. And Denis is very easy to fall in love with. He’s a great guy and an amazing actor – I already admired him, so it wasn’t that hard.”

With all this hard work, the actors were able to create a unique and wonderful history between Talbot and Russell. Both men met in Byzantine where Talbot was royalty. They left together but Talbot wasn’t turned until he was wounded in a battle they were fighting as mercenaries. The wounded Talbot would have died, but Russell (under Talbot’s request) turned his lover.

As the audience will see, the history and the character of Talbot was tailored very much for Theo. The Greek culture, the zest for life, the element of tasting and enjoying food, and the precious heirlooms Talbot carefully chooses for his home with Russell is very much in parallel with the way Theo views his own world.

However, with such strong personalities from both Talbot and Russell, fighting between them is bound to happen. For Theo, fighting between two lovers happens because when you love someone you feel completely and, therefore, fight. Theo views it as:

Russell is also my maker, so it’s a double whammy. He’s like my father and my husband. So there is this double animosity, he can quiet me with one word. But I think every relationship… if you don’t fight, there is no relationship. And that’s what fuels good sex too!”

Speaking of sex, when asked about the rumors that Talbot and Eric may have a possible love scene, which would mean infidelity on Talbot’s part, Theo was very elusive, leaving fans to wonder if the rumors are true or if Talbot remains a faithful married man. However, he said if a scene like that were to happen, it would come about organically and with ease. The show’s writing is excellent and everything that happens, happens for a reason. Every sex scene has a purpose and pushes the story forward.

With all the sex happening on True Blood, one would wonder if the actors are concerned about it. Theo believes that many of the European actors on the show have been trained to understand that things like sex will happen in the natural progression of the show. For him, every sex scene or a scene with a touchy subject,

“…Pushes you forward as a human being as well. Everything that scares you in life, if you do it, makes you a better person. A more whole person. If I have a scene with a man and it scares me, you do it — that pushes you one step ahead as an artist or human being because you did something you were scared of. We know these things can happen – nervousness is there – but you’ve got to go beyond that.”

Going beyond the surface is exactly what Theo intends to do. Though Alan Ball has mentioned that Russell and Talbot emerge as the villains of the season, Theo wants to avoid the surface definition of that word. For Theo, Talbot and Russell are two vampires in the midst of survival, which is a theme for all of the characters in True Blood. If everyone is trying to survive that means that the third season of True Blood will be unpredictable. So call off all the bets and have another serving of blood sorbet!

Credit: NY Post

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Denis O’Hare on Becoming Russell Edgington, Vampire King

June 20, 2010

In tonight’s episode of True Blood, we will be meeting the delightfully insidious Russell Edgington, Vampire King of Mississippi. To help us get to know the actor who plays him, The Advocate did an in-depth interview with Denis O’Hare in which he offers great insights on the creation of his 2,800-year old character.

As a gay actor, Denis says that being Russell is like “home territory…but a character’s sexuality, even if he’s gay, isn’t necessarily the most important attribute to me. In the case of Russell, he’s a power-hungry ancient druid who has a serious concern for the stewardship of the earth. Not to downplay it, but being gay is just another aspect of his life.”

Since Russell is not a very prominent character in Charlaine Harris‘ books, Alan Ball gave Denis some creative license to develop his own backstory. He researched ancient Celtic culture and went hiking with castmate Theo Alexander in Runyon Canyon, during which they discussed how Russell and Talbot met and fell in love, and how their relationship has evolved over 700 years:

“We came to the idea that they met in Byzantium, where Talbot was some sort of Greek prince. They met at a costume party where Talbot was dressed as Alexander the Great and Russell was dressed as Augustus…What you’ll see is a marriage that’s well-traveled and a little frayed at the edges. These guys snipe and complain, but there’s always an incredible deep affection at the base of it. Theo and I worried that there were too many fighting scenes between us, but then we had this lovely scene later in the season, a lovely tender moment, where I finally get to put my hand on his cheek and basically talk about how much I care for him. It was a great relief to have that scene, because we kept talking about that every day of shooting: How do we show the love?”

Denis also hinted that later in the season, we would be seeing Russell in bed with another man, and that Talbot would have a steamy scene with another man, as well. So how does that arrangement work for them?

“Well, you know, after 700 years, you gotta keep it spicy. There’s also a sense of, You’re not going anywhere, so if you need to get that, you go ahead and get that. There’s a level of trust there that’s pretty strong, so Russell has no fear that Talbot’s going to fall in love with somebody else. Theo and I talked about the idea that they broke up for maybe 75, 80 years sometime around 1700. Russell went to the Dutch Indies to get involved with trade, and Talbot went to Greece to fight for his independence. Then they missed each other too much, so they got back together again.”

When asked the standard question–Team Bill, or Team EricDenis declined to answer. Ever the diplomatic king, he said he needs them both for strategic reasons.

It’s not surprising that Denis seems to be having a lot of fun working on the show! All the thought he has put into his role makes his performance so engaging, as Truebies will begin to see tonight in “Beautifully Broken”!

SOURCE: advocate.com

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For the Furbangers and Fangbangers – True Blood’s New Supernaturals

June 10, 2010

Season 3‘s new werewolf, Alcide Herveaux, will make the love triangle of Bill, Sookie and Eric into a love square.  That’s according to Joe Manganiello who plays Alcide, Sookie‘s new bodyguard.

Speaking with Access Hollywood, Joe admitted he’s happy to see werewolves getting more respect in Hollywood.  In fact, he used the personal trainer who got Hugh Jackman into shape for his Wolverine role in X-Men.  Joe said he trained six days a week and ate constantly (high protein) in order  to get “that kind of animal shape” because “abs are definitely a requirement”.

Good thing, too, because we’ll be seeing plenty of him.  Alcide will be “exposed” quite a bit.  Evidently this is due to his feral nature.  And with regard to being feral, Joe‘s body double is a huge “real” wolf with yellow menacing eyes.

About his character, Joe told Access, “I’m constantly running around grabbing all of the women on the show…there’s only a few women on the show I haven’t run after and grabbed.  It’s just kind of how werewolves say ‘hello’.”

For vampire love, Season 3 introduces Russell Edgington, King of Mississippi (played by Denis O’Hare) and his lover/partner, Talbot (played by Theo Alexander).  They’ve been together as a couple for 700 years.

Denis explained the relationship as being complicated.  Talbot is Russell‘s lover, his boyfriend, and also his son.  Russell is Talbot‘s maker.

And the relationship is very passionate, according to TheoTalbot is very happy being a vampire and he loves his mate.  But there will be some “bumps in the road”.  Could it be that the king is not faithful?

Are these actors enjoying their new roles on True Blood?  Denis stated that this is a “once in a lifetime experience”.

“I will never be able to have a job as great as this again in my life,” he told Access.  “It’s a great bunch of people.  It really is phenomenal.”

But we know that.  And in just 3 more days we’ll be watching the premier of Season 3 – on June 13.

Source:  accesshollywood.com

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