True Blood actor addresses gay sex scene which called for character re-cast
Jul22

True Blood actor addresses gay sex scene which called for character re-cast

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 22 July 2014 16:57 Written by // Sabine Brix

True Blood actor Nelsan Ellis who plays the sassy,camp blood-sucker Lafayette on the HBO smash has spoken out about actor Luke Grimes' alleged refusal to act in gay love scenes with him leading up to the show's final season.

If you'll recall, Grimes played vampire James and left the show in December of 2013 reportedly because of a planned gay storyline romantically linking his character to Lafayette - a claim which Grimes' denies.

Ellis' who was recently interviewed regarding Grimes' departure, aired his frustrations over the actor's decision not to continue in the role.

"I just think that, you’re an actor, you’re an actor on a show that’s True Blood, we’re all sitting there going, “You quit your job because … really?” I’m just… I’m over him. You quit your job because you don’t want to play a gay part?

Ellis also expressed concerns that Grimes' refusal to play the part of a gay character and his subsequent resignation does nothing to help promote equality for LGBTI people.

You make a statement when you do something like that," Ellis said in relation to the manner in which Grimes' departed the show.

"I did a documentary called Damn Wonderful, about gay suicide, and you make a statement, a big statement, when you go, "I don't want to play this part because it's gay." If you have a child, if you have a son, and he comes out as gay, what are you going to do? If you have a daughter who comes out gay ...? You just made a statement, and it has ripple effects. I just thought that, having just done the documentary, I didn't like what he [Grimes] did because he made a statement, and sometimes you have to take responsibility."

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Sabine Brix

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Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

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