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So Luke Grimes Left 'True Blood' Because He Refused To Play Gay

by Jeremy Staley
June 26, 2014 10:21 AM
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Luke Grimes

Buzzfeed has some depressing gossip for y'all: Remember when Luke Grimes suddenly left "True Blood" last year? It's been confirmed it was because he wasn't cool with his character James's upcoming gay romance with Lafayette. That actually kind of goes in line with HBO's vague initial statement -- which was that his decision was attributed to “the creative direction of the character.” His publicist begs to differ, saying it was "scheduling." But that's what publicists have to say. Buzzfeed, on the other hand, had a different story:

According to the source close to True Blood, writers and cast members were baffled and angered by Grimes’ reluctance to take James in a same-sex direction, especially since True Blood has always been an overtly sexual show with heavy LGBT undertones. Despite the scramble to recast the part, the writers and cast are pleased with Parsons’ performance, and believe he’s a good fit for the role of James.

Parsons is Nathan Parsons (from the dearly departed "Bunheads"!), who replaced Grimes as James, and we agree is doing just fine. As for Grimes -- Here's hoping "True Blood" was the highlight of his career.

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  • Mitch | July 27, 2014 7:07 AMReply

    LOL I love all these poor straight guy comments. ONE a straight guy open about his sexuality shouldn't really have hangups over an 'acted' gay romance (for what would be a handful of quick scenes- wow a kiss or 2 and fake F-ing in the shadows of car, he also LEFT the show was not fired. So he was not bullied or anything, he was asked to play a role, (anyone in True Blood knows what was going to happen in it) Pulease Bill Eric and Jason stackhouse all engaged in gay scenes and laughed about it. Truly straight people dont have real hangups with gays. A guy bellow said he was sick to his stomach when he was hit on by a gay guy. WTF get over yourself. Maybe a few girls were also sick at the thought that straight guy hit on them. Im sure woman like being objectified too, um I think NOT. This isn't about acceptance for all you poor straightees out there WITH hangups. Most straight guys are pretty level headed. Only the closet cases or those uncomfortable with the own sexuality cause waves like that with straight sob stories. I am sure all the gay guys that get beaten by straight guys feel a level of objectification. NO not all straight guys are homophobic, but posting comments like some below here pretty much confirms a homophobic view as those without a homophobic view would be like... okay he quite , whatever. Next. Seems to me some of the below comments seem a bit 'too involved' in the situation. The recast was better anyway. And he has a level head for acting. If someone cant play a gay character then there is already a deep seated problem with that actor.

  • Garry1 | July 25, 2014 12:40 AMReply

    really sad that someone can be straight bashed for the way they were born. :( I still remember the first time a homosexual man hit on me. i was nice but i felt sick in my stomach and not in a good way. sad that those of us that are born heterosexual with our own feelings that we cant help have to hide our feelings or face slanderous labeling as homophobic or racist instead of just being friends. i almost wish i was not a human being at this point because it doesnt matter what you are apparently. the other side treats you the same way every bad person has ever reacted almost blindly to themselves. everyone just grab a stone already and ding each other in the head so we can get an AA meeting and then go back to work.

  • Leonbravioso | June 30, 2014 9:29 PMReply

    I thought the LGBTQ community was about acceptance?
    Why is this young actor being knocked for making a decision that is about him and his sexual preference?
    I'd have respect for any gay actor that said I'd prefer to play strong proud gay men roles. Granted he'd read for much fewer roles but I'd still respect him.
    I could be wrong but no where did Luke Grimes say he had anything against homosexuality. He just prefers NOT to kiss a man or have simulated sex with him. Just because I believe that homosexuals are no different than heterosexuals and are 100% equal does NOT mean I believe people should be forced to play gay just like I don't think gay men and women should not be forced to play straight.
    He didn't show homophobia, just preference.

  • Leonbravioso | June 30, 2014 9:33 PM

    Sorry, I meant that I don't think straight people should be forced to play gay and gay men and women should not be forced to play straight.

    I hit submit too soon and there is no way to edit the post afterwards.

  • Emile Rentrof | June 29, 2014 12:43 PMReply

    Well, of course HE'D be cast in 50 shades of gray.

    Homophobic actor cast in the homophobic writer's '50 Shades of Gray'.

    Luke Grimes passed the litmus test to be cast in Shades of Gray.

    He and E.L. James can cuddle while they throw shit at the gay people helping them make their careers.

  • Emile Rentrof | June 29, 2014 12:34 PMReply

    Luke Grimes - homophobic actor. Another a-hole actor. Move over Crowe and Gibson, you have company......from a lesser known but just as hateful.

  • Ant | June 28, 2014 2:07 AMReply

    Maybee he likes to have control over his choices. maybee he would happily sign onto Brokeback Mountain 2 but draws a line at the character shark jumping that has straight characters waking up and suddenly craving something new.
    Actors can sign on for 7 years but it can't be I'll suck on any thing I'm told for 7!years.
    When you sign on for a role it's ok to expect the parameters of the character to be discussed. Sign on for gay, get ready to grind sign up for nice then we won't turn you into a serial killer. Are we now at a point when any girl can be asked to go full nude and any guy to be asked to perform gay sex or asked to rape a women and suddenly every actor has to be agreeable. I don't think his behavior is homophobic. It's about control. He got to make a choice he was told he didn't have.

  • deltrice smith | July 2, 2014 12:56 AM

    What you said is definitely true. but theres a lot of reasons for why he (or his agent) would have felt uncomfortable with him doing gay scenes. For one, he is very new to acting...this is when teenage girls are developing their crushes for you and the public is forming their opinions about you and your craft. Since this is his first big appearance in Hollywood, maybe his agent didn't want him to be remembered as "that bisexual vampire from True Blood".

    Beginning a career in acting is tricky, and the roles/scenes that you play in the beginning can shape the way that casting directors look at you for the rest of your career. If this weren't the final season of true blood, and he knew his contract would be extended for another 5 or so years, that would be a different story. I'm sure he/his agent felt that "going gay" this early in his career wouldn't be worth the risk considering it's just a minor role in the final season of an hbo show. Taking on gay roles later in an actor's career is different, because the public has already formed their opinion of you and the teenage girls have already developed their crushes. A lot of talent agents/managers feel that doing gay roles too early is career suicide because it may jeopardize your chances of being taken seriously as a leading man in future projects (sad but true).

    Of course, actors should have some say in the the dialog and mannerisms of their characters, however attempting to dictate your characters storyline when you are a rookie actor on the final season of a hit show is a very easy way to get fired.

  • Marvin | June 27, 2014 5:20 PMReply

    Good for Luke Grimes. I am sick of having gay trysts thrown in my face at every TV program. Many times, like in House of Cards, the scenes are gratuitous at best and sooo out of storyline at worse. He should have the right to refuse doing a gay scene without being penalized. Damn that director for imposing his beliefs on someone else. sheesh.

  • Mitch | July 27, 2014 7:11 AM

    I Agree Emile, get a life. We hae gay -hate thrown in our face every day. Marvin dont like gay stuff in hte news all the time be one of those who sign YES to same-sex marriage and LGBT rights, the sooner the better, then we can all move on, and the Big News Lines will focus on animal cruelty etc and we as the human race can move on from being 1800s flat-world thinking ignoramus's

  • Emile Rentrof | June 29, 2014 12:36 PM

    Marvin, you sexist homophobe. Go f**k yourself, you hateful piece of straight shit.

  • anonymous | June 27, 2014 12:29 AMReply

    It is sad that you wish that is the high-light of Luke Grimes career. Luke Grimes has a right to refuse to stick his tongue down another man's mouth. He has the right, whether actor or not to grind up against another man, grab another man's booty and fill out the man's junk. I know we claim all of this is acting but when people kiss on a show whether heterosexual or homosexual,,, don't they exchange saliva, don't they basically lick each others we call it acting but these actors are actually DOING . Are the rights of a straight man less than one of a gay man? just because it is now legal to be gay does it mean the 100s of years that it was illegal has just left our minds and like puppets everyone would suddenly be okay with it. Be careful not to be too hopped up on this new politically correct 'if you are uncomfortable with homosexuality you are wrong' because the straight will take up a banner soon, start protests etc like homosexuals did too, for their own 'fundamental freedoms' and if they garner enough support ...what happens?... don't get me wrong, i do not fight the homosexuals i just do-not support the new notion that if you are uncomfortable with homosexuality you are the deveil

  • emile rentrof | June 29, 2014 12:44 PM

    Anonymous? Your statement is homophobic and your "anonymous" tag is like wearing a KKK robe and mask.

    Cowardly hater.

  • Big Al | June 27, 2014 10:41 AM

    Yeah talk about man on man action again. I'm so hard right now.

  • silas | June 26, 2014 5:45 PMReply

    WOW how tolerant and so not petulant of you. Please flip these roles and imagine the outcry at your statement then.

  • san | June 26, 2014 2:58 PMReply

    it's call acting, film makes are less likely to want to hire someone who is going to quit a show in the middle just because they are uncomfortable with certain role.

  • colin | June 26, 2014 12:38 PMReply

    Luke Grimes is in final negotiations to co-star with Bradley Cooper in Warner Bros.' “American Sniper.

  • Colin | June 26, 2014 12:36 PMReply

    Just keep up the hate mongering when somebody has a different point of view like a good lil' apparatchik. Maybe someday you'll be accepted by somebody

  • Nope | June 26, 2014 5:21 PM

    So what Colin is saying is that you should leave racists and the KKK alone because they have different points of view and that is normal. Why do you think its ok for the KKK to exist, Colin?

  • Ophelia | June 26, 2014 12:28 PMReply

    It sounds more like he was uncomfortable doing intense sex scenes. I think you painted this article with the bias brush.

  • Mitch | July 27, 2014 7:18 AM


  • jlv | June 26, 2014 12:09 PMReply

    So because he didn't want to play a gay part as an actor he MUST be homophobic, so therefore screw him and his career? Wow.

  • Mitch | July 27, 2014 7:17 AM

    He walked on his own. Besides if it was a drama movie I'd understand. BUT its true blood. Guys drink each other blood Heck the main characters agreed (laughing I might add) to do gay scenes. If I was an actor I'd be okay to do a straight scene if asked. Either a homophobe or simply someone not in touch with his sexuality. Its fake sex BTW I think people forget that. If a straight dude can kiss a gay (or straight) dude in a film or production without this sort of issue, it really pretty sad/pathetic. I kissed a straight dude as an experiment and we laughed it off after, btw he has a girlfriend- becoming his fiance soon (by what he tells me).

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