Jim Parrack (Hoyt) Interview with TV Guide (Spoilers if you haven’t seen True Blood #510)By jody on Aug 13 2012 | 9 Comments »
Last night’s episode (#510, ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’) of True Blood was so emotional, especially the scenes with Hoyt, Jason and Jessica. Is Hoyt gone for good? TVGuide.com talked to Jim Parrack about leaving the show.
Is this really the end for Hoyt?
Jim Parrack: I mean, the real honesty is that I don’t know. I know that [executive producer] Alan Ball told me that they didn’t want to kill him, that Hoyt’s going away because Hoyt’s had enough. But Alan was adamant that one of the reasons they wanted to do that was to leave him the option to have a return.
I think that if it did end this way and Hoyt never came back, it would be good storytelling because it’s just a complete journey from somebody who was utterly dependent upon other people, never stuck up for himself, or got to think for himself and then to fall in love and all the betrayal and hardships and him saying, “You know what, I’ve got to take care of myself.” I think it told a whole story.
Let’s talk about filming the glamouring scene, as well as the scene where Hoyt doesn’t remember Jason. How hard was that for not only you, but for Deborah and Ryan?
Parrack: It was tough for all of us. Those were my two best friends on the show. When I found out, when Alan called me to tell me what was going to happen, I didn’t want to tell everybody right off. I pulled Ryan and Deborah aside and they both got emotional and I got emotional. The day that we shot the scene, which I haven’t seen it yet, it felt good. I think it was easy enough for all of us because there were parallels there. What was happening in the imaginary situation was us saying goodbye and the three of us were also saying goodbye.
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Was it hard for you to leave the set?
Parrack: No. Alan and everybody did a wonderful thing on my last day. The directors said, “Let’s get one more take,” and Alan had come down and brought out a cake and said, “Thank you for these five years” and everybody was there. It was just beautiful.
It wasn’t the kind of thing where there were any hard feelings in any direction. I wasn’t upset when I heard I was going. I thought it was good storytelling, but there was a lot of feeling because we’d been very close and that part has had a lot to do with opening up some of the opportunities that I have now. It’s been a blessing, but no, it wasn’t hard to go. There’s just a lot of feeling.
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ause there were parallels there. What was happening in the imaginary situation was us saying goodbye and the three of us were also saying goodbye.