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Luke Grimes Reportedly Exited ‘True Blood’ Due to his Character’s Gay Storyline

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When True Blood returned last week on HBO for its seventh and final season, fans noticed that the character of James looked a bit different than before. With little explanation off-screen, original actor Luke Grimes had been replaced with former Bunheads star Nathan Parsons.

A week into the season and with social media gossiping about the replacement, BuzzFeed seems to have gotten to the heart of the story. The Season 7 premiere indicated that there is a romantic storyline ahead for James and Lafayette, played by Nelsan Ellis.

According to a source for the entertainment site, Grimes read the first few scripts and asked for his storyline to change. He was okay with Lafayette being attracted to James, but he didn’t want the feelings to be mutual nor engage in any same-sex romantic scenes. Naturally, the writers objected to his requests.

The actor’s publicist, Craig Schneider, gave a much different reason for his abrupt exit — scheduling.

He told BuzzFeed, “Luke always had an out clause as a means of pursuing other opportunities which arose in the form of features beginning with The Shangri-La Suite, followed by Fifty Shades of Grey, and most recently, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper with Bradley Cooper. It had nothing to do with storylines, which he had not been privy to at the time of that posting.”

HBO has always maintained that Grimes left due to “the creative direction of the character.” That reason supports the theory that the 30-year-old actor did have a problem with a gay love story.

The cast is reportedly baffled that Grimes had a problem with the storyline especially since the show has always dug deep into sexual issues, both straight and gay. Parsons is fitting in nicely into the role and the producers are happy with Grimes’ replacement.

Now that the story is out in the media, does Grimes regret his decision?

1 Comment

  1. Flamingomoon

    June 30, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Why should an actor have to participate in anything that makes him/her uncomfortable? They shouldn’t. Actors are not anyone’s whores and they should NEVER have to be.

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