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.”