Vulture got Nelsan Ellis aka Lafayette, to blab about his thoughts on Luke Grimes (the original James) quitting the show he didn’t want to play a gay character.
Did you ever get a chance to talk to or bond with Luke Grimes when he was playing James, before they switched off?
Ellis: I didn’t, but I’m completely… I mean, I can say I’m not going to make a comment, but 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? As if it’s—you know what? I’m going to stop talking.
First of all, this show, it’s True Blood, and shit, we get scared when we read scripts! Excuse my language. When scripts come, we’re like, “What are they going to have us do this week?” But when you make a statement that is a judgment… I was kind of like, “Have you met Alan Ball?” I’m supposed to do what my boss tells me to do, as an actor. I can’t approach a character with judgment. I certainly can’t tell my boss, “I can act what I want to act, but not what you tell me to act,” especially on a show where you come in, knowing what it is. … I didn’t like what he did because he made a statement, and sometimes you have to take responsibility.
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