True Blood actor quits show over gay storyline
It has emerged that actor Luke Grimes quit the cast of True Blood, not over 'creative differences' as orginally reported but over a planned gay storyline.
Grimes, who played the vampire James in the series, was introduced as a love interest for Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) in the latter half of season six, when the pair are both trapped in a vampire concentration camp.
When shooting on season seven began, the showrunners announced plans for Grimes character to hook up with Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) at which Grimes baulked.
Buzzfeed reports a source told them the actor was happy to play along as long as “Lafayette [was] attracted to him, but not if the attraction was mutual.”
He also reportedly objected to any same-sex kissing or sex scenes, but the writers refused to budge on their plans for the new pairing at which point Grimes announced his departure from the show.
Since the Buzzfeed story has surfaced, Grimes' publicist has said Grimes' exit was due to scheduling issues with 50 Shades of Grey. Grimes has been cast to play the brother of Christian Grey in the screen adpatation of the best selling novel.
Watch the initial reports of Grimes departure