Denis O’Hare’s Take on American Horror Story

October 31, 2011

The Actor Opens Up About His Role as Larry Harvey:

Denis O'Hare (Russell Edgington)Denis O’Hare’s exclusive phone interview with Collider is an insightful peek into the mind of the actor and the challenges of the role that he plays as Larry Harvey on FX’s newest psychological thriller, American Horror Story, which debuted October 5, 2011.  The series has consistently improved its ratings since its pilot episode. Executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk appear to have backed the right horse in this competition to secure a faithful following.

The series is about a family of three who move from Boston to Los Angeles in an effort to make amends with their past, only to find out that they are not the only residents of their new home.  They will be forced to face their fears, and their past, while living in a home that may have more secrets than they do.

Denis O’Hare plays Larry Harvey much like his character Russell Edgington, the King of Mississippi on HBO’s True Blood.  It appears that O’Hare has an eye for selecting roles that are going to become huge hits.

When asked how he would describe this series to people he responded:

“It is difficult, I’ve said it’s like The Shining meets Twin Peaks meets The Amityville Horror meets Lars Von Trier’s The Kingdom. It’s got elements of all of that. It’s got the weirdness of the population of Twin Peaks, it’s got the crazy momentum of The Shining, and it’s got the haunted house, slow motion reveal of The Amityville Horror. But ultimately, it’s its own thing and it lives in the mind of Ryan Murphy.”

O’Hare assesses what kind of audience this show will draw in, and speaks very highly of his cast-mates:

“I think there’s a really big overlap between sci-fi and horror…When you’ve got unbelievable actors like Connie Britton, Jessica Lange, Dylan McDermott and Frances Conroy, you’re going to be drawing in a different dynamic. Jessica Lange, alone, raises the bar so high that it peaks people’s interest. Connie Britton, coming off the success of Friday Night Lights, certainly brings an audience with her. We may even get some vampire fans watching the show.”

If O’Hare’s performance in American Horror Story is anything like that of his role on True Blood, he is certain to gain a loyal following. He speaks of his role as Larry Harvey with a passion unique to many interviews that are out there.  It is evident that O’Hare is completely connected to his character, and is excited to watch this character develop. The imagery that he uses makes it impossible for the reader not to be interested in this character. He refers to Larry as “a Dante-esque figure, stuck in the 5th Circle of Hell and struggling to get out.” He believes that “as the series develops, even what we think we know about him is not accurate.” O’Hare continues to create intrigue around Larry’s depth of character:

“Even in the pilot episode, we see Larry being a menacing, twisted, awful figure who then, during the scene with Dylan McDermott on the bench, becomes the object of pity who is absolutely a human character feeling incredible amounts of pain. That, to me, is fascinating.”

When questioned about whether or not he believes Larry to be evil he replies:

“To me, he’s definitely not evil. Evil is such a simplistic way to describe any character, be it Iago or Caliban, or any character from history. What I’m attracted to is the fact that he, like everyone, is yearning to be loved, to be released, to be redeemed, and to be at peace. Each episode only adds more complications to it. I’m always getting so much information that is new.”

Psychological thrillers attract a wide audience, the idea of the unknown, and the revelation of the human mind and how it works, is something that draws in the viewer. It creates questions in the mind of the audience and asks the viewer to search into the depths of their own souls to challenge the similarities that may exist between themselves and the characters portrayed.

O’Hare is asked if he is normally a fan of this type of genre, and his response draws on some simplistic comparisons that are both revealing and insightful:

“I’m not into what I would call torture porn, like all the Saw movies and those kinds of things. I find that repugnant. We have enough violence in this country that I don’t feel like I need to sit through that stuff, and I don’t see the point of it. But, good old-fashioned horror, I love monsters, I love creatures, I love beings, I love aliens. That’s more supernatural and more the stuff of fairy tales. Fairy tales are as ancient as we are. I love those stories. I think they’re really interesting because they always have more than simply the fright aspect. There’s something deeply psychological. When you think of Grimm’s fairy tales, they are deeply, deeply psychological. They’re so powerful, so bloody, and really, really disturbing. Think about five-year olds reading that stuff. Even Little Red Riding Hood is a really freaky story. Grandma is gobbled up by a wolf, and the wolf is going to eat the girl. That’s scary stuff. They’re about our deepest fears. And this show is about our deepest fears. It’s a way to exorcize them or understand them.”

 On His Potential Return to True Blood:

In the finale of Season Four’s True Blood the audience is left with the jaw dropping revelation that Russell Edgington, the King of Mississippi’s stay in a concrete slab has been cut short — how, we are uncertain, but one thing’s for sure, the King is no longer a prisoner of Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård).

It is obvious that O’Hare is excited about a potential return to True Blood:

“I had been hearing rumors and things, but until I actually heard there was a script, in which they went to the parking lot and found a hole in the ground and chains, I wasn’t sure. I’ve been in contact with people from True Blood, and I’m friends with a lot of them, and Joe Manganiello, who plays Alcide, actually told me first. He was like, ‘Dude, there’s this scene where I go to the parking lot and you’re not there anymore,’ and I went, ‘Yes!’ I’m really thrilled, I love that family. Alan Ball is such a spectacular person to be around and to work for. I’m really excited to get to go back and join them, and I love the character. I can’t wait to pick up where he left off.”

I’m sure I speak on behalf of many True Blood fans when I say that we can’t wait for Denis O’Hare’s return to the show, to see how King Russell Edgington will inject himself into the lives of Sookie (Anna Paquin), Bill, and Eric, and unleash a whole new storm of madness, coupled with a deep desire to avenge the love of his life.  In the meantime be sure to tune into FX on Wednesdays at 10pm to catch the all new American Horror Story episodes. For Canadian viewers you can catch the premiere on FX Canada this coming Monday, October 31 in a special Halloween premiere.

So Truebies, have any of you caught this new show? What do you think?

Sources: – Denis O’Hare Talks American Horror Story, J. Edgar, and His Return to True Blood

TV By the Numbers – American Horror Story Hits Series High Ratings in Episode 4 – FX Canada Launches Monday with American Horror Story

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Video: Denis O’Hare in American Horror Story

October 5, 2011

Could O’Hare’s New Show Be Scarier Than True Blood?

Denis O’Hare as Russell EdgingtonTruebies, don’t forget to catch the King of Mississippi on his new show tonight!  Denis O’Hare (Russell Edgington) is starring in “American Horror Story” on FX, Wednesdays at 10 pm.  The show’s creators are Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, of Glee fame.  Their new show promises good stories, lots of horror, and sex — just like our fave, True Blood. Check out the video below, and set your DVRs!

Source: American Horror Story on YouTube

Photo: HBO


Video: Denis O’Hare of True Blood Shocked by Finale

September 29, 2011

O’Hare Did Not Know About Nan, Tara or Jesus:

Denis O’Hare as King Russell EdgingtonApparently Denis O’Hare was just as shocked as the rest of us at the “bloodbath” which was Season Four’s finale.  In his interview with PopSugarTV he compared the episode to the end of Hamlet — the famed Shakespearean tragedy in which everyone dies at the end.

When asked about the return of his character, PopSugarTV noted the changing power dynamics occurring in the vampire community.  Where will Russell fit in?  O’Hare said:

“He’s a very flexible character, obviously. He’s lived for 2800 years — he’s very good at sussing out where the political winds are blowing. I think he could go with anybody. He’s really the loner, not necessarily a joiner, but I could see him joining forces with whoever is capable. If Bill or Eric want to come on board, I’m sure that he could find an amenable situation. The Authority’s got an opening, so he could take that…”

The Authority opening that he referenced was of course, the (un)fortunate True Death to Nan.  O’Hare went on to say how shocked he was about the death of Rutina Wesley‘s character, Tara Thornton and Kevin Alejandro‘s Jesus.

Beyond that, we’ll all just have to wait the eight months and watch what happens in Season 5 for the epic return of O’Hare’s Russell Edgington.

So, Truebies, who do you think let the King out of his cement grave? Any guesses? Share them with us below!

Source: PopSugarTV – Denis O’Hare Calls True Blood’s Season Finale a “Bloodbath”

(Photo: HBO)


True Blood’s Season 4 Finale Shocks Viewers

September 16, 2011

True Blood Finale Bloody Good or Just Bloody?

Sookie Cradles a Dying Tara in Her Arms HBO is famous for having some of the most extreme and riskiest shows on television. And what is True Blood most famous for? Being extremely bloody, that’s what. This season finale is no different. How did the finale end? In a bloody mess of course!

Many Truebies, including myself, aren’t happy with the weak way Marnie was dispatched. She stabbed and killed Jesus in order to acquire his brujo magic and then chained a shirtless Bill and Eric to burn at the stake when her reign of terror came to an end thanks to a number of Bon Temps ghosts led by Adele Stackhouse (Sookie’s Gran) and Antonia. Both joined together to convince Marnie to release her rage so she could rest in peace. I don’t know about you Truebies, but that seemed too easy to me.

Mark Roush, writer for TV Guide, said:

“With the Marnie dilemma ponderously resolved, and Gran’s Hallmark advice to Sookie (“Being alone… ain’t nothin’ to be afraid of”) interrupted by Eric’s droll “Excuse me, we’re feeling a little crispy up here,” there’s still half an episode to go. And does it ever pile it on.”

Sookie cuts both Bill and Eric out of her life making fans wonder if a certain were-tiger named Quinn will make an appearance next season.

What else happened on Sunday’s finale? Well, Steve Newlin appeared at Jason’s door bearing a nice set of shiny white fangs. Alcide discovered an empty hole in the cement garage where Russell Edgington was supposed to be entombed. While Sam was confronted by a snarling wolf, the ghost of Rene spooked Arlene by warning her that Terry’s new war buddy is up to no good. Nan Flanagan was staked by Bill just before Sookie was attacked by Debbie Pelt. Just when you think Debbie is going to shoot Sookie, Tara dives in front of her and is shot in the head. Sookie blows Debbie away and we are left with Sookie screaming for help as she cradles Tara’s lifeless body in her arms.

Is Tara dead? I guess we can’t believe anyone is dead, knowing True Blood’s infamous resurrections, until they are at least six feet under. Even then, considering the Russell Edgington situation, that’s barely a guarantee on True Blood.

Source Credit: TV Guide– Finale Review: HBO’s Sunday Night

(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)


True Blood Season 5 Spoilers From Co-EP Raelle Tucker

September 14, 2011

Co-Executive Producer/Writer Spills the Scoop on Season 5:

True Blood vampires by HBOWe have more news on what to expect in Season 5 of HBO’s True Blood, straight from co-executive producer and writer, Raelle Tucker. Remember when Stephen Moyer said there would be “an omnipresent power” next season in this article?

Raelle Tucker backs this up by saying:

“There will be a very significant, strong, mysterious woman at the center of one of our main stories next year. That will be a very familiar and compelling character. It may be someone you’ve heard of before.”

The show will delve pretty deep into the world of fairies, giving us all (including Sookie) a better understanding of the fascinating creatures.  Speaking of Sookie and Supes, as we saw in the finale, she has seemingly sworn them off — at least romantically.  But can one ever really be rid of Supes in Bon Temps?  Highly doubtful.  So what does this mean for Bill and Eric?  What the heck will they be doing, if not fighting over Sookie?  According to Tucker, seeing as how they offed Nan Flanagan,

“The consequences of their actions in the finale are going to chase them for a while next year.”

What about creepy Rene, Terry, and Arlene?  Well, it seems Rene was right!  Terry is going to be nothing but trouble next season, thanks to his old buddy Patrick.  Fitting that Terry’s past would come back to haunt him on All Hallow’s Eve, don’t you think?  But poor Terry isn’t the only character whose past is coming back to haunt him — we now know that Steve Newlin is back (as a vampire, who saw that one coming?!), and so is the King of Mississippi!  Uh oh.  I smell trouble.  That little fella is NOT going to be happy.  Three cheers for Russell Edgington and his crazy antics!

What do you think, Truebies?  Is Season 5 already shaping up to be a good one?

Source: – ‘True Blood’: What’s Ahead for Season 5?

(Photo: HBO)


Will True Blood’s Russell Edgington Return?

August 20, 2011

Denis O’Hare Talks Possible Return in 5th Season:

Denis O’Hare as Russell Edgington S3Denis O’Hare spoke recently about the possibility of his return to True Blood as vampire Russell EdgingtonKing of Mississippi. When we last saw Russell he was burned from the sun, bound by silver and was being covered in cement by Bill and Eric, which happened at the end of the 3rd season. When asked whether the king will return, O’Hare said:

“I think Alan Ball was asked recently about Russell’s return and he said, ‘Russell’s not dead’, and I can’t do better than that so I’ll just reiterate what he said. It’s a great character and I feel he hasn’t been able to completely express his dreams yet, I think more than any of the other vampires that season he had ambition and huge dreams. I’m still attracted to that, and I think he needs to fulfill whatever it is he’s aiming for and go out in a blaze of glory in whatever it is he needs to do.”

O’Hare also said that he expects to return as Russell at the start of the fifth season next year. So Truebies, what do you think? Are you a fan of Russell Edgington and looking forward to his return, or do you think he should be done? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

Source: – Denis O’Hare teases ‘True Blood’ return

(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)


True Blood’s Denis O’Hare Gets Married

August 10, 2011

Congratulations to the Happy Couple!

Denis O’Hare & husband Hugo RedwoodDenis O’Hare and long time partner Hugo Redwood have made it official!  The public learned the news after Denis tweeted:

“Okay. It happened. Hugo and I just got married.”

We here at want to congratulate the happy couple on their marriage, and look forward to the return of Russell Edgington, King of Mississippi.

Truebies, share your well wishes for the couple in the comment section below.

Source: – ‘True Blood’s” Denis O’Hare Weds

(Photo credit: Denis O’Hare)


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?


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.


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.

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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 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

(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)


Denis O’Hare Predicts the Return of Russell Edgington

April 12, 2011

Is Our King Clairvoyant?

Denis O'Hare as Russell EdgingtonWhile he can’t say for certain, Denis O’Hare is sure we have not seen the end of the Vampire King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington.

In an interview with the Australian Associated Press, O’Hare gives his thoughts on the upcoming season of True Blood ahead of Supanova, a pop culture convention in Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia.

Last we saw, Eric sacrificed himself to bury the King in cement. But, as we saw, Eric survived. So will Russell?

“I think there’s a very good possibility that he’s going to get out. I just can’t tell you when… He may be enjoying himself down there, gathering his thoughts and making his plans. He will definitely bust out of there.”

As a self-claimed fan of True Blood before he landed the role of the Vampire King, O’Hare has great things to say about his fellow cast members, including their varying backgrounds and experiences.

O’Hare also discusses the skill of fang-speak.

“The fangs are a challenge. I was warned before I went on that I would have to master the fangs…”

He admits that sometimes actors must re-record their dialogue fangless to play over the fanged version for clarity.

Supanova is only the second fan convention O’Hare has attended, with San Diego Comic-Con being the first. And now with a whole season under his belt, Denis is interested in seeing how the fans will react to his appearance at the convention.

But we have not seen the end of Russell Edgington. Long live the King.

Source:’Hare Says Edgington Will Return

(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)


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

(Photo Credits: HBO, Inc.)


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