Terrible nouvelle survenue pendant le week-end pour les fans de True Blood…
L’acteur Nelsan Ellis, qui a connu le succès grâce à son rôle du cuisinier Lafayette Reynolds dans la série culte de HBO, est mort samedi dernier. Nelsan est décédé à l’âge de 39 ans à la suite d’une crise cardiaque...
«Nelsan a succombé à des complications d’insuffisance cardiaque», a confirmé sa gérante Emily Gerson Saines au Hollywood Reporter.
«C’était un gars très talentueux et il va beaucoup nous manquer.», a-t-elle ajouté.
Après l’annonce de son tragique décès, les acteurs de la série ont réagi sur les réseaux sociaux.
« C’était un véritable privilège de travailler avec Nelsan Ellis, un talent phénoménal et une âme profondément bonne. Je suis dévastée », a confié l’actrice phare de True Blood, Anna Paquin.
Le coeur brisé, Joe Manganiello a honoré Nelsan Ellis sur Twitter:
Crushed today by the loss of my friend and castmate Nelsan Ellis. He was a wonderful person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist. RIP pic.twitter.com/fvtquhIac7— Joe Manganiello (@JoeManganiello) 8 juillet 2017
Stephen Moyer a aussi rendu hommage à son collègue et ami...
One of the first places we shot on the pilot of True Blood was Sam Merlotte’s Bar. The kitchen Suzuki Ingerslev built in Merlotte’s had a walk in freezer & working gas burners. It remained my favourite set throughout all 7 seasons - when shooting in Louisiana many months later she took us to the actual bar she had used as inspiration. It was almost as amazing as our Merlotte’s, but not quite - They didn’t have a Lafayette. In the scene that was being shot that day, Lafayette, a male cross-dressing short order cook in the show, was expounding on his theory of men’s fear of the female anatomy.. specifically, the vagina. ‘I know every man whether straight, gay or George MotherFuckin’ Bush is afraid of the pussy..’ I’m not sure I have ever seen, before or since, people crowd around a monitor at video village with their hands clapped to their mouths from shock, sheer laughter and wonder as the actor playing Lafayette jiggled and shook and humped the butchers block to get his point across. it was completely original, funny, sardonic, risqué and brilliant. That was Nelsan Ellis. All of the above. I turned to Alan Ball when the scene was finished and whispered… ‘you can’t kill him!’ (Lafayette’s death at the of the first book is the cliffhanger that leads to Book 2… ) Nelsan Ellis was the only actor in the 7 years of True Blood whom Alan allowed to improvise. Actually, I’m going to take that back. It wasn’t that Alan allowed him to do it, it was more that when Nelsan inhabited the world of Lafayette, he quite literally COULDN’T STOP himself. It was like he was possessed. In actuality Nelsan was quiet, smart, thoughtful, warm and kind. A published playwright himself. I think it would be fair to say that he taught all of us that intent and courage and fearlessness and freedom are the aspects of playing make-believe that spark the corners of the room where the dark is most impenetrable; to shine a light on those corners within ourselves is the very reason we go back time and again to Movies, TV shows and Theatre. To see that spark ignited. Nelsan had that electricity in an abundance I have rarely seen. I can’t believe he’s gone. #nelsanellis
Tout comme Sam Trammell et Kristin Bauer! Repose en paix, Nelsan.
I don't know if I've ever seen the level of humility and kindness that came with the Magnificent Talent that Nelsan Ellis had. Miss u friend— Sam Trammell (@SamTrammell) 8 juillet 2017