Denis O’Hare was interviewed by Film School Rejects and he reveals he will be coming back in Season 5 of True Blood. (Yay!) Also in the interview he talks about his new movie J. Edgar (directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio) and
To start off, it was disappointing to hear that you’re not coming back this season.
I know, I know. It was up in the air. They were definitely bringing me back, it was just a matter of if they wanted to bring me back the last couple episodes or bring me back at the beginning. So they decided to do it at the beginning of season 5.
That’s good to know. An interesting thing about Russell is that he just felt like a character so unhinged. For you, was there ever a limit as to where Russell could go?
I think there is no limit. It’s funny because when we started talking about the character, obviously characters evolve, and part of the reason he evolved was they kept making him older and older. At first he was supposed to be like 1,100 years old, and so I was doing a lot of research about Charlemagne and all these people and figuring, “Oh, he must have been in Charlemagne’s court.”
And then he kept getting older, and finally he got to like 2,800-3,000 years old. I was looking at history about where he might be able to come from, and there’s only two sources. He can come from the Levant’s from Palestine, or what they call Philistine, or he could have been somewhere really interesting like the Danube. I just thought, “Let’s not make him a Roman or Greek. Let’s make him something else.”
So we made him this Pagan Celt. They are just wild people. They have a very different relationship to everything in terms of nature and in terms of their own belief system. I just love that. That kind of helped make him just a different kind of character.
For the record, a fifth season of True Blood has not been confirmed yet. (But we think it’s looking pretty good it will be back.)
You can read the whole interview here.