‘True Blood’ Actor Quit Show Because Of Gay Content

lead_largeTrue Blood has taken a lot of left turns with its characters, killing them, turning them into vampires, even revealing that they’re faeries!

Well, it turns out at least one cast member wasn’t happy with the direction his character was going — and it was enough for him to quit!

Fans may have noticed that Luke Grimes, the actor who joined Season 6 as James, Jessica’s high-cheekboned, brooding loner boyfriend in the vampire concentration camp, has been replaced for season 7 with hunky Aussie actor Nathan Parsons. Tons of eyebrows were raised last December when reports surfaced that Grimes had left the production—his highest profile role to date—over “creative differences.”

Well it turns out that “creative direction” was out of the closet door. The True Blood writers were refashioning James as a not only a love interest for Jessica, but also a love interest for Lafayette. So, in a truly retrograde bit of homophobia, Grimes decided that playing a gay (or, really, bisexual) role was unacceptable, whereas playing a blood-sucking demon and occasional murderer was totally fine.

A source close to the HBO show says Luke was not happy about the homosexual storyline and said he wouldn’t do any same-sex love scenes! And when the writers refused to back down, he left the show!

Luke’s rep denies this accusation and maintains the actor’s exit was all about scheduling, but of course his publicist would say that.

Before anybody claims that Grimes was right to walk away from a role when he wasn’t given fair warning about his character’s sexuality shift, remember that this is TRUE BLOOD, one of the gayest shows of all time and one in which almost every vampire character becomes bisexual over time. Both of the show’s male heroes have had same sex dalliances (Bill Compton in fantasy sequences, and Eric Northman in actual sexual intercourse with a man he intended to murder). So yeah. Gay stuff is never not in the cards on True Blood.

Meanwhile it’s 2014 and career-panic homophobia continues to thrive in Hollywood. Lol

16 thoughts on “‘True Blood’ Actor Quit Show Because Of Gay Content

  1. IMO, it’s one thing to play a gay character, it’s another thing to play a gay character and act gay sex scenes too…if he isn’t comfortable with it, he had the right to walk. Not everyone is comfortable with certain things, or should all actors/actresses now be okay to act nude since nudity is obviously a norm in 2014??

  2. I don’t know but I think it’s high time Hollywood gets called out on its “homophobia” (that word is hardly adequate). Gays are still too other-ed in that industry. This one is even small; the one that hurts me more is the trend that of you come out as gay, your career is gone; no one wants to watch a gay man play roles that’d be likely heterosexual. I know movie makers are in business to sell, but they are aslo their to use art to improve society; their reluctance to call out their audiences on this bullshit attitude is a disservice to the gay community. Abeg, first world gay problems: we have kito to worry about here! *back to 3rd world*

  3. Lol. It’s his choice na. We can’t force him to act what he doesn’t like. At least he’s not saying I hate gay people or somfin. He just doesn’t feel comfortable about it which is understandable. We shouldn’t expect people to be only accepting of us and our preferences alone… we should learn to accept them too. And if being naked with another guy is too much for him to handle then hopefully he gets a better role elsewhere….

  4. Oh! Was that why he left? Gosh! He looks like a coke head self…I prefer the new dude. But at the same time, we should see where he’s coming from. If he’s uncomfortable with it, let someone else do the job…#shikena

  5. Abeg, all of una wey watch am enter season 2 try. I thought True Blood was very fake and low budget…and the sex scenes were not even that HOT

  6. in other news, I like the new theme of this blog. pink panther, why not change the colours to rep the flag and do away with the .WordPress. its quite tedious typing. might wanna put up an ad or two to fund it too. nice one.
    Thus sayeth OBATALA

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