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Hollywood actor William Sanderson has specialized in off-center characters so his role as a sheriff in HBO’s vampire series, “True Blood,” is a change of pace.
And, to hear him tell it, it’s “kind of scary.”
Sanderson — who played Larry, the slightly goofy handyman on “Newhart” — also played the scuzzy E.B. Farnum on HBO’s “Deadwood” a few seasons back, and appeared in the sci-fi classic “Blade Runner” as an introspective, brilliant toymaker. He was also part of the ensemble for the Emmy-winning miniseries “Lonesome Dove” and he describes many of his early roles as “prairie scum.”
So it’s a little unusual for him to be playing Sheriff Bud Dearborne, a non-vampire, in “True Blood,” created by Alan Ball — who also created “Six Feet Under” and won a screenwriting Oscar for best picture winner “American Beauty.”
“True Blood,” scheduled to begin its second season in June, stars Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer in a contemporary tale about vampires who have gone public in the U.S. South.
Sanderson — who was featured in a recent episode of ABC’s “Lost” as, apparently, a torturer — told UPI in a telephone interview it’s a challenge playing the “regular guy” sheriff of “True Blood.”
“For me to play a normal person,” he said, “it’s kind of scary.”