#1 'True Blood' actor Nelsan Ellis: Former star quit because he didn't 'want to play a gay part' by Cincinnatus 24.07.2014 19:24

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Never seen this show, don't care to, but here's an FYI for them what do.

"When Luke Grimes started on HBO’s “True Blood” last season his character James Kent was wooing a female vampire. But Grimes reportedly quit in December when he found out Kent was bisexual and starting a romantic relationship with a gay character in the seventh and final season.

Now Nelsan Ellis, the actor who plays Kent’s gay lover on the show, is speaking up -- and he’s not happy.
“You quit your job because you don’t want to play a gay part? You make a big statement when you go, ‘I don’t want to play this part because it’s gay,” Ellis told New York Magazine following the airing this week of his character’s sex scene with the new actor playing Kent. “You just made a statement, and it has ripple effects.”

Back in December Grimes’ rep said his departure was due to a scheduling conflict with the filming of forthcoming movies “American Sniper” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” and had nothing to do with storylines. However, HBO announced that he would be replaced by Nathan Parsons in the final season due to differences in the “creative direction of the character.”...

Yet critics argue that Grimes should have known what he was getting into when he initially signed the dotted line, given that the supernatural drama – created by the openly gay Alan Ball and produced by his company in conjunction with HBO – routinely pushes the envelope when it comes to relationships.

“It’s unfortunate that an actor today would feel uncomfortable playing gay, especially on a program that has always put LGBT characters front and center,” Stacy Lambe, Associate Editor for the gay and lesbian-focused OUT Magazine said. “But Nelsan Ellis and Nathan Parsons are proof that Luke Grimes is not the norm. Grimes is the exception.”...

It’s pretty clear Luke will suffer as a result. Hollywood will either say he was unprofessional or a phobe of some sort,” added Dan Gainor, VP of Business and Culture at the Media Research Center. “It is his prerogative, but he will suffer for it.”"

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/201...nt-to-play-gay/

It would appear the same actor, Luke Grimes, will be playing a major role in what is being called the "mommy porn" flick Fifty Shades of Grey which apparently will open on Valentine's Day, 2015, though it's already getting a lot of attention. Grimes mommy and daddy must be so proud.

Btw, having any two characters come out as homosexual on any cable show these days is not "pushing the envelope". It's trite and boring.

#2 RE: 'True Blood' actor Nelsan Ellis: Former star quit because he didn't 'want to play a gay part' by ThirstyMan 24.07.2014 19:33

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“It’s unfortunate that an actor today would feel uncomfortable playing gay, especially on a program that has always put LGBT characters front and center,” Stacy Lambe, Associate Editor for the gay and lesbian-focused OUT Magazine said.

Ouch!!! Being denounced like that by Stacy Lambe must really hurt.

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