∟True Blood s03e09 - “Everything is Broken”
“Ladies and gentlemen… my name is Russell Edgington, and I have been a vampire for nearly 3000 years. Now, the American Vampire League wishes to perpetrate the notion that we are just like you, and I suppose in a few small ways we are. We’re narcissists. We care only about getting what we want, no matter what the cost, just like you. Global warming, perpetual war, toxic waste, child labor, torture, genocide. That’s a small price to pay for your SUVs and your flat-screen TVs, your blood diamonds, your designer jeans, your absurd, garish McMansions! Futile symbols of permanence to quell your quivering, spineless souls. But no. In the end we are nothing like you. We are IMMORTAL! Because we drink the true blood, blood that is living, organic and human. And that is the truth the AVL wishes to conceal from you. Because let’s face it, eating people is a tough sell these days. So they put on their friendly faces to pass their beloved VRA, but make no mistake, mine is the true face of vampires! Why would we seek equal rights? You are not our equals. We will eat you after we eat your children. Now time for the weather. Tiffany?”
‘True Blood’ Star Spills On His Shocking Return
A January teaser for the fifth season of True Blood confirmed rumors that Russell Edgington would be exhumed from his cement coffin, but according to actor Denis O’Hare, the former vampire king comes out a whole new man.
“In a strange way, Russell is actually a lot funnier this season,” Denis told TheInsider.com at NYC’s Lucille Lortel Awards. “He’s not toothless, but he’s a little more of a comic foil … until he isn’t. And then he becomes very, very vicious again. Which I love.”
Those wondering how Russell could turn the other cheek after being buried alive by Bill and Eric have a friend in me since I asked Denis why he’s not out for instant, bloody revenge. Apparently the who and not the what behind his exhumation is to blame (or thank, depending on your perspective). “How he got disinterred made him grateful to somebody and that gratitude may inform his new [personality],” he told me.
A new attitude isn’t the only change coming for Russell in season five — he will also get a new boyfriend and discover a deeper love for the performing arts. “I get to dance, I get to hold a puppy and I get to sing karaoke — a great 70s classic,” Denis said, before quickly adding, “not all at the same time, mind you.”
And if that doesn’t have you excited to go back to Bon Temps this summer, perhaps this will. “We’re shooting episodes 10 and 11 right now and it’s a really interesting season. It’s all about vampire politics — it’s like the inside baseball of vampires, which is so fun.”
True Blood season five premieres June 10 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
True Blood Season 5 Countdown → Russell Edgington
3x05 - Trouble
Russell Edgington’s irresistible charme was almost 3000 years in the making. Need to catch up with Season 4, so I can fully enjoy his return in Season 5. When they buried him in the concrete I suddenly lost interest in the show. Funny how that goes sometimes.
— Denis O’Hare on marrying his husband, Hugo Redwood, in OUT Magazine. (via aviateurs)
All the things that happen in his face within seconds. He’s one of the greatest actors I know.