I SWEAR, FOLKS - I REALLY DON'T SUCK... ANYTHING!
Stephen gets to the Root of Gauthier on True Blood.
By Eddie Gauthier
I Go See
Folks, when it comes to vampire flicks and TV shows, it seems that we non-vamp fans learn something every day - better make that night.
No doubt thanks in part to the popular Twilight movie franchise, True Blood is a well-received TV series, created and produced by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. The first season of the series premiered on September 7, 2008 and still continues, as of press time, currently in its fourth season.
HBO broadcast the first season on Sunday nights at 9:00 pm in the US, with a repeat showing at 11:00 pm. The complete first season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 19, 2009, and it of course has released other seasons. None of that is particularly new for all you vamp fans - it's just new to me. But now here's the good part:
Stephen Root joined that first season of True Blood initially for a three episode arc, in which he played Eddie Gautier, a lonely vampire smitten with Lafayette, the cook at Merlotte’s Bar. The Gautier character was the vampire who supplied Lafayette with V. What the heck V is - other than another sci-fi type series, is again known only to True Blood fans.
Anyway, before the events of the series took place, Gautier's relationship with his wife fell apart because he is gay. After he gets kicked out of their house, his lack of sexual attractiveness and his boring personality meant he also had no romantic success with human males.
Gautier became a vampire about a year before the events of the show's timeline, hoping that doing so would improve his dating life. Unfortunately, as a young, weak vampire, he was having little luck. He was not yet able to attract others, and he was trapped for eternity in the middle aged, pot-bellied body he had upon his death.
He therefore appeared to spend most of his time at home, watching television. He also got kidnapped by other characters, namely Jason and Amy, to be used as their supply of V, and was later staked by Amy after Jason attempted to free him.
Well, lots of other interesting stuff happened, but the main point there is that in my life I likewise knew an Amy and a Jason very well, and they were both great people.
The Gautier character first appeared in episode 1.07: The Fourth Man in the Fire— portrayed by Root (of News Radio and Office Space fame) , who appeared as a main character in about half of the first season of True Blood, and as a supporting character in season two. Seems like that original little 3 episode arc must've really caught on. There's that good ol' Gauthier magic for ya!
Meanwhile, leave it to us here at Blogweirdo news, to be at the forefront of widely known information that's already 3 years old. Bravo for us!* * *UPDATE:
Here's my comment about the above bunch of facts - running a news blog of sorts, I’m supposed to be on top of things. So it’s with great shame that I admit to only this week being alerted to the character which True Blood actor Root played 3 years ago.
Once again I note that a huge chunk of my life (although I'm not a gay vampire - not that there's anything wrong with that) has been co-opted by the mass media, and at no compensation whatsoever given to me. Previously, the movie powers that be produced that granny’s basement thing (Granny's House? Granny's Boy? Something like that.), with Adam Sandler’s buddy as ME. It was the story of (part of) my life, and I never saw a dime for it!
Now this time around, they actually used my name as well (albeit without the h, ala Dick Gautier)!
Seems that for years the HBO people read my blog here, or my Mr. Ed Weirdo webcomic strip, or my thousands of posts on Yahoo News, the Comics Journal message board, Twitter, etc. - take your pick - the HBO guys apparently did!
One thing's for sure - since I've been very
well known on the web for over 15 years, I know that my name sure as heck didn't just come out of thin air!
Sure, it's easy to say that as usual, I should once again just smile, take it as yet another tribute and move on.
But when will all this end? And more importantly, when will I get PAID?!
- The REAL Eddie Gauthier