True Blood actor denies quitting over gay storyline
Former True Blood star Luke Grimes has hit back against rumours that suggested he left the cult TV series due to a planned gay storyline.
Grimes – who played vampire James on the HBO show – quit True Blood in December ahead of the show’s seventh season. At the time his role had been upgraded from guest to series regular and show runners had planned a major new storyline which included Grimes’ character of James embarking on a relationship with Lafayette.
Grimes has since been recast, with Nathan Parsons taking on the role of vampire James.
Last week Buzzfeed broke a story that suggested Grimes had quit the show due to unhappiness with the gay plotline. The story had been supplied to Buzzfeed by an unnamed source who claimed Grimes had told the writers he would not participate in any same-sex sex scenes.
Now Grimes’ publicist has gone on the record to say there were no disputes regarding the creative direction of the charcter’s story arc and that Grimes left due to other acting commitments.
“Luke always had an out clause as a means of pursuing other opportunities which arose in the form of features, beginning with The Shangri-La Suite, followed by Fifty Shades of Grey, and most recently, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper with Bradley Cooper,” said Grimes’ publicist Craig Schneider. “It had nothing to do with storylines, which he had not been privy to at the time of that posting.”