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Luke Grimes Exited 'True Blood' Because He Refused to Play Gay Character?

Luke Grimes Exited 'True Blood' Because He Refused to Play Gay Character?

Luke Grimes‘ exit from the hit series True Blood left many confused last year and the decision was said to be made because of the “creative decision of the character.”

The 30-year-old actor’s role was recast with Bunheads actor Nathan Parsons and now that the season premiere has aired, we know a little about where the director of the character is heading.

Luke‘s character James is heading towards a romantic relationship with Lafayette (Nelson Ellis) and now Buzzfeed is saying that he “objected to the first few scripts he received, once it became clear that his character would become romantically involved with Lafayette. He countered that he would be willing to play the role if Lafayette were attracted to him, but not if the attraction was mutual. He also did not want to do any same-sex kissing or sex scenes. The writers were unwilling to change the scripts on his behalf.”

While HBO stands by their original statement about Luke‘s exit, the actor’s publicist is saying that it was a matter of scheduling and that he always had an out clause in his contract, which he used to make films like Fifty Shades of Grey, American Sniper, and The Shangri-La Suite. The rep says the exit “had nothing to do with storylines, which he had not been privy to at the time of that posting.”

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  • rio

    well good riddance im sure there are 1000s of actor dying to, you know, ACT in a hit show

  • Free to choose

    It’s his choice, no explanation needed if he always had an out clause and if he didn’t he should only have to explain his reason to whoever hired him.

    Free to choose even if the choice is opposite to what you would choose.

    Whether it’s a gay or straight role an actor shouldn’t feel pressure, show biz pressure, public or media, to do something they don’t want to do.

  • Free to choose

    Besides isn’t True Blood in its final season? Why throw shade on the actor for a show that is wrapping up anyway?

  • Matt

    this reeks of Homophobia! maybe he’s scared of something in his personal life coming to light? those who yell loudest usually have something to hide.

  • Paulo

    That is a weird pic they chose for that actor. It looks like he has boobs, like female, doesn’t it? But I agree, the writers should’ve discussed the future of his character beforehand, maybe getting his input on what he thought and possibly writing him out and introducing a new character for lame-o Lafayette, I wouldn’t have wanted any sexual scenes with him either..LOL.

  • Madonna

    Well, homophobes and now have a new hero.


    True Blood sucks, good for him

  • Allana

    I don’t understand the need to speculate about this. You have the right to no be comfortable with something. He’s not bothering anyone, or bashing, the show or even homosexuals, just choosing not to participate himself.

    Why is this homophobic because he is not comfortable performing a homosexual sex scene?

    If I have certain beliefs, values, or am of a different religion and I don’t participate in something, but do not stand in the way of or bash anyone else’s decision what’s the crime?

  • yep

    That is his right. Nothing wrong with that.

  • WHAA?

    Lafayette is freakin awesome, if I was a guy I’d make out with him, gay or not lol.
    In all seriousness tho, co stars don’t have to be sexually attracted to each other to kiss on screen, this is why it’s called “acting” I’m sure it’s awkward for everyone to make out with someone on camera, whether same sex or opposite sex, it’s gonna be uncomfortable at first no matter what. If you don’t wanna do something uncomfortable then you’re gonna have a hard time in HW.


    He’s a real chicken s*h*i*t*. Too scared to play a gay. Must be closeted.

  • hmmm

    Maybe ASkars is more his speed? Or is he more of a Joe M fan? Ryan Kwanten, perhaps? Goodness gracious so many hot guys on that show. No doubt they’ll find a hot replacement for this wuss.

  • FeFe

    He doesn’t have to do anything hes not comfortable doing.

  • mike

    I don’t think this should even be made into a big deal. Its the actors choice if they want to do something or not. At the same time they should have told him the direction of the character. I watched last season and it doesn’t make sense why he would suddenly be gay, he was with Jessica. I feel like they’re just giving laffayette someone to be with. I’m not down for stuff like that. If you want a gay character then write an awesome gay character. They did it with Lafayette and his bf that died. But for the people who just want to attack him for not wanting to do something I have this to ask. What if it was a woman? Would you want her to do something she doesn’t feel is good for her regardless of the reason?

  • Jules

    They should bring Jesus (the character ppl, not the prophet lol) back from the dead, him and Lafayette were good together. Why not, it’s not like wackier sh!t hasn’t happened on this show right?
    @mike: If it was a woman who didn’t feel comfortable playing a lesbian, there would be tons of others waiting in line to take the role. HW is competitve and not for the squeamish. The squeamish can fight for the same lame roles as Jessica Alba.

  • Philberto Cardenez

    Good for him to disagree to perform sodomy on television.

  • truth

    Unfortunately, once an actor plays a gay role convincingly, there is a sick portion of humanity that will tag that actor as truly gay and hound him for the rest of his career as being closeted and a despicable coward. He’d have to have a really thick skin to choose that path.

  • Jules

    @truth: There’s a sick portion of humanity that calls every celeb gay, just take a look at the comments on any thread on JJ and you will see “he needs to come out” “gay” “bearding contract” blah blah blah. Every actor has to have a thick skin whether they’ve played a gay role or not. I don’t see Jake G being hurt by his gay role, he’s still getting interesting roles and is a respected actor for the most part (disregarding the idiotic internet trolls, they don’t count cuz they’re not the ones making HW movies). If someone is in acting to truly act and challenge themselves, then they should be able to adapt to different roles.

  • truth

    @Jules: Thank you, you make a good point. I’d like to add, though, that there are other considerations, such as parents, siblings, wives, children that could also be negatively affected by the actor’s choices.

  • Amy

    If you’re not open to playing different types of characters, don’t become an actor.

  • Sheena

    @Jules: Jake is married to a guy named Austin and they have a child together. He also had a long affair with that Bear Gryls dude that does those outdoor shows.

  • holly

    @Allana: Well said!

  • Joelle

    The same people ridicule this guy are the same people who are first to call someone gay in a derogatory manner. A bunch of hypocrites. You act like being Gay or playing a Gay guy is some kind of prize. It’s just a role and the guy should be free to say no without the loonies coming out of the woodwork.

  • President

    Wow! I’m shocked at True Blood is it? I don’t watch it n never will now. They put this out to either or attach themselves to 50 shades n get press by throwing him under tge bus but this is working against them…all actors are actors n can n should have limits. Asking a gay to play straight n vice versa is a line most don’t care to cross n should b accommodated. Shame on the writers they could have had him b gay without sex scenes. Bs. Good for him n all actors who stand their ground on their right to do with their bodies as they n straight.

  • LaCroix

    the judgements & labeling are so ridiculous. I am convinced that people just do not have anything better to do with their lives. We live in a world where we want to escape from persecution for who we are as individuals and then first chance we get, stereotype someone for the same reasons. hypocrisy at it’s finest.

  • Mark

    He is so in the closet.It’s the same case with Thomas Jane in Hung.A lot of closeted gay actors in Hollywood are not willing to play gay characters because they’re afraid people on the set will know their true sexual orientation when they get a boner while doing a sex scene.This is Hollywood,there are tons of more good looking guys than him that would take his place in a heartbeat.So it is his lost,not theirs.

  • Handyortung

    All this homophobia is just disappointing!! However, it’s his choice, they found another actor so who cares about him…

  • Alaia

    Shouldn’t even call himself an actor if he can’t even do such scenes.

  • Double Standard

    So if an actress or an actor refuses a role because of nudity or too much straight sex it’s alright and even praiseworthy. In case of homosexual sex then it’s homophobia. makes sense.

  • Beckeli

    @Allana: God, thank you! I came here specifically to post something like that.

  • Sebastian

    it would have been interesting to see a BLONDE MODEL TYPE guy kissing A NORMAL HOT BLACK guy, it would teach alot of people equality and such. too bad he’s homophobe.

  • nancy

    I don’t understand the need to speculate. Its not homophobia. People should respect his sexuality just as they would for a gay person. If he is not comfortable doing something, others shouldnt be rude about it. Its his choice.

  • tbc

    Who can blame him – I totally get it! I am gay and I played straight for the 1st 27 years of my life…hated every minute of it.

  • alana

    OK, so gay people have rights now, good for them, but does that mean heterosexuals lose their rights too? Freedom of speech/opinion? Im pretty sure gays think its disgusting to sleep with the opposite sex, so do we call them heterophobe’s? it doesnt make them feel comfortable, just like some heterosexuals don’t feel it’s right or comfortable to sleep with the same gender, it’s preference. Heavens forbid you don’t agree with their life style or it makes you uncomfortable people castrate you, say you’re a homophobe, or deep down your a closeted gay, your a prick and you can even lose your employment for it. Its so stupid and it’s not right. Good for him for standing up for what he believes in, instead of allowing himself to be pressured into something for a few bucks. That’s how he feels, people should respect that.

  • Michael

    30 years and already this sort of hangups. I feel sorry for him. Will he now also refuse to play a murderer, a rapist, a terrorist, a banker or a corrupt politician or is all that less offensive to his tender soul?

  • ReasonAndSense

    If he’s not comfortable carrying out certain scenes/acts, that is 110% his right, and no one should criticize him about it. When we get to a point where we start criticizing and berating people for what they’re not comfortable with, then we have a real effing problem as a species. Enough with that BS.

  • ReasonAndSense


    This is the dumbest comment on this page. With those roles, you don’t actually rape, murder, or otherwise harm anyone. Sex scenes require a degree of actual physical, intimate contact with another person. It is not even remotely the same thing. Straw man, apples and oranges, etc.

  • Sagian

    Everyone is saying he “has a right”… etc.

    Yes, he does. Everyone has a right to not do their assigned job and find another job. Of course, it also leaves a really negative mark on your level of professionalism.

    It’s so rare to find an actor unwilling to play a gay role these. Most approach it as a fantastic challenge. It does make one wonder what his malfunction is.