Keck's Exclusives: True Blood Ups the Insanity
by William Keck from TV GUIDE
As if there were ever any doubt, Bon Temps will establish itself as our nation's most undesirable town to live in when True Blood's fourth season premieres June 26 on HBO. "There's going to be a lot of people not getting along," says Joe Manganiello, who plays hunky werewolf Alcide Herveaux. "The witches are starting trouble with the vampires, and the werewolves, of course, don't like the vampires, either. And the fairies don't like the vampires." Mix in a grotesque meal and a feathery feud, and you have a true recipe from hell. Here are some tidbits to get your blood swirling.
Grab your barf bags! Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and his witchy boyfriend Jesus Velasquez (Kevin Alejandro) will face a culinary challenge straight out of Survivor. "Lafayette and I go on a huge adventure where some unfortunate things happen," Kevin reports. "We end up having a very creepy breakfast with some really interesting people, and Lafayette has a real hard time with it." So what's on the menu? Cagey Kevin tells me the Bayou boys will chow down on one of these three delicacies: a) a cow face, b) a goat tongue or c) poisonous snake venom. "It's going to turn your stomach!"
Shape-shifting brothers Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) and Tommy Mickens (Marshall Allman) will be taking to the skies in a feathery owl versus hawk mid-air chase. The scene required both men to strip down in the middle of the woods on a cold winter night in Los Angeles. "At one point, I had to match the trajectory of a hawk flying up to a trainer on a crane by jumping high and spreading out my arms to fly off," recalls Marshall. He adds that this is only the beginning of the menagerie madness as "Tommy takes shape-shifting to a whole other level with a unique wild-card creature that will prove to be a game-changer in Bon Temps' supernatural power play." Hmmm... Am I hearing the thunderous footsteps of Godzilla?
By Gianna Sobol
Are scenes from more than one episode involving the same character shot on the same day? (Am thinking mostly about where some actors / actresses bulk up or down and how that is managed if scenes from episode 1 and 9 are shot the same day early on, and then other scenes from the same are shot a month or two later).
In short, the answer is: it depends. Not very specific, is it? The schedule is never permanent, things are always changing around. A lot of things factor into the schedule - how much work an episode has, continuity of space, time of day, and other various elements (blood, for example). Sometimes it makes sense to shoot scenes from different episodes on the same day, and sometimes it is no big deal to go back to a location. For instance, the SUPER SECRET PLACE we are at for the end of episode 9, that goes into episode 10, is location sensitive. So we will shoot that all in the same week. If a location is particularly expensive or sensitive, we will cram it all into a day, or as few days as possible. If we own a location or can go back to it, we'll go back. We have Merlotte's built on our sound stages here in Los Angeles, so we can go back there whenever we want, for as little time or as much time as the script calls for. So, like I said, it depends.
It is important to note, however, that we don't have the whole season's worth of scripts at the same time. We rarely shoot from episode 1 and 3 at the same time, because we're just not prepped that far in advance. We could shoot from episodes 1 and 2, or episodes 2 and 3, but never episodes 2 and 5, or even episodes 2 and 4.