A new-fangled take on blood suckers
Here is an article from The Age with Ryan Kwanten and Stephen Moyer. Here are a couple of interesting bits…
“I think Alan’s very clever like that,” says Stephen Moyer, who plays Bill. “He knows that it can’t just be (a romance). I think that it ultimately is a love story, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be 20 other things as well. When I read the script, I couldn’t believe how much he’d packed into it.”
One beneficiary of Ball’s approach is Australian actor Ryan Kwanten, who plays Sookie’s brother, Jason. Once a Home & Away regular, Kwanten now lives in Los Angeles and was sought out by Ball.
“He’d seen a film of mine and saw characteristics of Jason Stackhouse in the character I was playing,” Kwanten says. “Next thing you know, I was hired.”
Ball expanded the character of Jason, giving him his own storyline and an hilarious episode involving a severe case of priapism. Kwanten, 32, has the task of making the self-centred, womanising Jason not seem like a lost cause.
True Blood poses particular challenges for its cast. As well as having to guzzle copious amounts of fake blood (apparently some kind of glucose concoction), Kwanten and Moyer have frequent nude scenes.
The first time we meet Kwanten’s character, he is naked and engaged in a sex act. In fact, clothes seem to be something of an afterthought for Jason.
“This is by far the most full-on sex and nudity I’ve ever done,” says Kwanten, who has been acting since he was 16.
“I was warned, but one can never quite be prepared. You sort of sign your life away and go, ‘Oh, nudity’, then you walk into your trailer and you see a modesty patch and that’s what you’re wearing for the day.”