DID A “TRUE BLOOD” ACTOR QUIT BECAUSE HIS CHARACTER WAS GOING GAY?
Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014
That’s the bloody truth according to a “True Blood” insider who says handsome “Taken 2” actor Luke Grimes wasn’t happy with his character’s “bisexual” transformation.
Grimes, who played brooding vampire James in season 6 won’t be back for the next and final season because he reportedly wasn’t comfortable that his character would be romancing flamboyant gay character Lafayette.
“Luke’s people say it was a scheduling conflict,” the source told Dish Nation. “But the talk on the set was that he wasn’t cool with getting physical with another guy at this point in his career. The rumor was that after Luke, who comes from religious family, read the season 7 script he asked to be let out of his contract.”
An HBO statement read: “Luke Grimes will not be returning as James in True Blood. The role of James is being recast due to the creative direction of the character.”
The role of James was recast with the stipulations that the new actor must be comfortable with nudity and simulated sex scenes with another man.
Grimes, who was also starred on ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters” and will be seen in the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey,” grew up in a devoutly religious family with a Pentecostal minister as a father.
That’s sucks for loyal fans looking for answers, but don’t even think about asking Grimes to explain.
“Luke loved working on ‘True Blood’ last season,” continued the source. “He’s gotten a lot of flack for dropping out. Granted, most actors would kill for a role on a hit HBO show, but Luke says he has his reasons. And no, he’s not going to elaborate.”
The final season of the vamp drama premieres on June 22.