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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.”

Luke Grimes Exits 'True Blood' Final Season, Role to Be Recast

Luke Grimes has left the hit show True Blood and his role will be recast for the show’s seventh and final season, according to TV Line.

The 29-year-old actor joined the show last season as James, the soulful vamp-camp lover of Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll). He recently joined the cast of the movie Fifty Shades of Grey as the brother of Christian Grey.

“The role of James is being recast due to the creative direction of the character,” an HBO spokesperson said confirming the exit.

“He initially joined the show because he wanted to work with [his Forever co-star] Deborah Ann Woll,” an insider told the site. “But when he started reading the scripts for Season 7, he was disappointed to learn that they were going in a completely different direction with James.”

ARE YOU SAD that Luke Grimes is leaving True Blood?

Luke Grimes & Gillian Zinser: GQ Men of the Year Couple!

Luke Grimes cozies up to his girlfriend Gillian Zinser while attending the 2013 GQ Men of the Year Party held at the Ebell Club on Tuesday evening (November 12) in Los Angeles.

The 29-year-old actor, who has previously starred on True Blood, will next shoot the highly anticipated movie Fifty Shades of Grey as the younger brother to Jamie Dornan‘s Christian Grey.

It was just announced that the movie will now be released on the day before Valentine’s Day 2015, six months after its original planned release date.

Also spotted attending the party: Miles Teller, who met up with his That Awkward Moment co-star Michael B. Jordan inside the event.

FYI: Gillian is wearing a Rochas dress with a vintage clutch and shoes.

10+ pictures inside of Luke Grimes and Gillian Zinser at the party… More Here! »

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Ben McKenzie & Michael B. Jordan: GQ Men of the Year Party!

Ben McKenzie, Michael B. Jordan, and Colton Haynes all walk the black carpet at the 2013 GQ Men of the Year Party held at the Ebell Club on Tuesday evening (November 12) in Los Angeles.

The guys were joined a the party by Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Luke Grimes, Shiloh Fernandez, Jason Ritter, and Colton‘s former Teen Wolf co-star Tyler Hoechlin.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ben McKenzie

Make sure to check out Michael‘s hot new comedy That Awkward Moment when it hits theaters on January 31. We can’t wait!

FYI: Ben is wearing Ted Baker. Michael is wearing head-to-toe Prada.

10+ pictures inside of Ben McKenzie, Michael B. Jordan, and others at the party… More Here! »

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True Blood's Luke Grimes Joins 'Fifty Shades of Grey'!

True Blood actor Luke Grimes has signed on to star in the highly anticipated film Fifty Shades of Grey in the role of Christian Grey’s brother Elliot, according to Variety!

The 29-year-old actor will join the cast of already announced stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey.

After the much anticipated searches for actors to play the roles of the two main leads Anastasia and Christian, we can now look forward to more casting for supporting roles, including Anastasia’s roommate Kate, and Christian’s bodyguard.

WHO WOULD YOU LIKE to see round out the cast of Fifty Shades of Grey???

Stephen Moyer: Luke Grimes Joins 'True Blood' Season Six!

Stephen Moyer heads off on his way after eating lunch at La Piazza on Wednesday (March 27) at The Grove in Los Angeles.

The 43-year-old actor was joined by a group of pals, who he said goodbye to outside of the Italian eatery.

Brothers & Sisters alum Luke Grimes has been cast as a new vampire in season six of Stephen‘s hit HBO show True Blood, TV Line reports!

Luke will play James, a “circa ’70s-made vamp who is smart, spiritual and emotionally deeper than any other bloodsucker we’ve seen before.” His character will first appear mid-way through the season.

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Luke Grimes - 'L'Officiel Hommes' Magazine Feature

Luke Grimes is casual and sexy in his feature for the Summer 2012 issue of L’Officiel Hommes magazine, available now.

The 28-year-old actor was featured in the magazine’s homage to Los Angeles alongside Lindsay Lohan.

Luke recently finished filming Taken 2, the sequel to the 2008 action flick Taken. He co-stars with Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace in the drama, which continues the story of retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Neeson). He and his wife are taken hostage in Istanbul by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter. Taken 2 hits theaters October 5!

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