For me, the funniest scene of last week’s premiere episode of Season 5 was when Rev. Newlin declared his love to Jason. Learn more below about how that scene from the director of the episode Dan Minahan who talks about how Michael McMillian playing Rev. Newlin as a vampire and that he had to adjust to the fangs. Also hear Ryan Kwanten talk, in the video, about how he told Michael he could pretty much do as he wished including licking him.
Fang Novice: Director Dan Minahan talks new vampire fang strategy:
“Michael was excited to have fangs but he was kind of a novice at them, so he would tend to overuse them in a “Blacula’ kind of way. We tried to encourage him to use them more simply. But he’s a new vampire. So he was kind of feeling it out?
True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten and Jim Parrack talk about Season 5 and the changes that come about for their characters. Being Former True Blood buddies, Jason and Hoyt are now estranged. Ryan talks about how Jason is going through an evolution and he is growing up. Jim Parrack talks about how difficult it was for him and Ryan to act as if they didn’t like each other.
“When you look at Jason in season one he had a very tunnel view of the world and some would say an ignorant view. And now, that speech he gave to Newlin was ‘Look, I accept who you are, whether it’s a vampire, whether it’s a gay man, or both. But that’s not the way this dog barks,’” the handsome and talented Aussie told Parade.com. “That’s a huge step for Jason to change his spots…Towards the end of the season, which we are shooting now, he puts the things he has learned into practice and starts to show his true colors.”
Below is a portion of an interview Ryan Kwanten gave to Parade:
On his relationship with Jessica.
“As you know, with relationships on True Blood, things can go askew pretty quickly. And Jason’s not known for being the most stable of fellows.”
On Jason possiby being turned into a vampire.
“I don’t think he would enjoy that. As much as he wants a supernatural, superhuman power, he’s enjoying, almost as much as I am, being one of the few humans left in that town.”
Jason: the new sheriff in town?
“Andy is sort of losing his stranglehold on being a sheriff so Jason is very much taking the reigns of authority and responsibility, which knowing his history, that’s a pretty scary thing putting this guy in charge.”
How he matures this season.
“Even in that first episode, you get a good indiciation that Jason, at the very least, is trying to be a better man. He’s aware of his fallibilities where before there was an innocence to him. He would keep making the same mistakes, never really learning. Now he’s aware how much his faults hurt him and other people. Him and Sookie towards the middle of the season find out new information about their parents. It will give the audience a real weight about what the characters have gone through and the reasons they do the things they do; why they are the way they are.”
Jason’s driving motivation.
“He’s making a conscious effort to have some direction in life and he’s making a conscious effort to put other people before himself. That’s the bane of existence of being a policeman. He first joined for the cool factor, to carry a firearm and those accoutrements, but he quickly realizes there is a responsibility that comes with that power. He mans up pretty well. Towards the end of the season, which we are shooting now, he puts the things he has learned into practice and starts to show his true colors. I’m kind of proud of the way he has grown up.”
On his upcoming film Hands of Stone with Robert De Niro.
“I’ll be playing a guy called Ken Buchanan who is the most famous Scottish boxer. It’s the story about Roberto Duran who, if you follow the boxing world, was a huge boxer in the seventies and early eighties. He fought Sugar Ray Leonard. De Niro would play this coach who comes out of retirement to train Roberto because he sees a real hope in him. The producers are finding the last bit of money for that and we’ll hopefully start shooting that this year.”
On his knack for accents.
“It’s funny, I’ve never really had problems doing them. I’ve never had dialect coaches or anything like that. I take great pride in doing it myself. That’s just how I’ve always done it. I don’t have that many talents but doing accents may be one of them.”
On playing Charles Manson.
“That [project] is still there but it’s the nature of Hollywood where you get signed on to these projects. They still want me but they’re still finding the last bit of money. I don’t know if that’s shooting this year because my schedule is already pretty full. That may be next year.”
read the entire interview by going to: parade.com
Ryan Kwanten hung out with Ashley Tisdale at the 11th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball sponsored by Audi, Grey Goose, Kayne Anderson and smartwater on June 9th, 2012.
Chrysalis is “a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.”
Photo credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images North America via Zimbio.com
What a treat from EW! Not 1 but 11 True Blood covers on their latest issue on stands Friday, June 8.
You can collect all issues at once directly from the EW website here.
In this issue Alan Ball explains were he found the inspiration for season 5.
“My first instinct about going into religion and politics was from watching Michele Bachmann, who thinks she has a direct line to God.” Ball told EW. “What would happen if she became president? A lot of right-wingers would like to see a theocracy in America. From there we thought, ‘What would a vampire theocracy be and how would you justify it? What kind of impact would it have on humans?’”
The result is a battle between the Tru Blood-sipping Authority, headed by Roman Zimojic (Christopher Meloni), and religious extremists like the Sanguinistas, who believe humans were created by God for one purpose only: to serve as a hearty meal. “Sanguine is from the Latin word for blood, and I was trying to find a name that like a real movement,” explains Ball.
Watch the behind the scenes video of the shoot on the EW Facebook page by clicking on the photo.
But that’s not all, take a look at these season 5 stills of things to come.
True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten appears in Complex’s June/July 2012 issue. Below is a short interview with Ryan by Lauren Otis (@LaurNado).
Photography by Chris Shonting. Grooming by Tara Jean
My first five or six years in LA, I was just trying to get two cents together to stay here. Playing Jason Stackhouse on True Blood put me in a position, financially, to make decisions based on creativity, to choose roles based on whether I connected with them. I love the Jason Stackhouse character… But I also love stepping out of his shoes. Nothing could be more unappealing to me than playing characters like him over and over again.
There are so many things on True Blood that I hadn’t seen on television before—a man getting raped by were-panthers or having priapism for several days. Every script that I read, I’m half-smiling, half-laughing, thinking, that was great!… But then I’m thinking, hang on a second—now I have to do this! It requires putting a lot of trust in [series creator] Alan Ball and his writers to say, “We’re willing to be vulnerable and do compromising scenes because we know we’re in safe hands.”
I’ve had second guesses about choosing acting over business [Kwanten has a degree from the University of Sydney]. There was a time when I wanted to be a lawyer, or even a professional triathlete… But nothing could come close to the passion I have for acting. I was working on a television series while I was studying full-time. As the business and acting opportunities got bigger, I thought about which one I’d most regret not taking a chance on, and I felt like it was acting.
It’s hilarious how many people think that I’ve channeled George W. Bush when playing Stackhouse! I didn’t, but it’s interesting to hear that. There were a couple people in my life who inspired Jason… But as the character evolved and the seasons went on, I came to the conclusion that the decisions he was making were the polar opposite of the decisions I would make, and that was how I eventually ended up playing Jason—going against all my own instincts.
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True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten is featured in the latest issue of Australia’s Jetstar Magazine. We have the article for you below, but please go to the site where you can read the article for yourself. All you have to do is register (it’s free) and they you can read the entire magazine online. Here’s the link to the magazine: jetstarmag.com.
True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten is featured in the Us Weekly‘s Hot Bodies 2012 list!
In the issue Ryan talks about his secret to getting such a great body: “I do lots of hiking, swimming and running on the beach. Mixing it up is key. I’m a bit of a masochist, to be honest. Anything that builds up sweat, I’m into to it. But I never go to the gym. Too many guys grunting and looking at themselves in the mirror. That has no appeal for me.”