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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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# 2

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

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Free to choose @ 06/25/2014 at 8:15 pm

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.

# 4
Free to choose @ 06/25/2014 at 8:19 pm

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

# 5

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.

# 6

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.

# 7

Well, homophobes and now have a new hero.

# 8

True Blood sucks, good for him

# 9

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?

That is his right. Nothing wrong with that.

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.

JON M'SHULLA @ 06/25/2014 at 9:03 pm

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

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.

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

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?

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 @ 06/25/2014 at 9:49 pm

Good for him to disagree to perform sodomy on television.

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.

@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.

@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.

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

@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.

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 @ 06/26/2014 at 1:40 am

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.

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