True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard
says he and co-star Theo Alexander had never had an onscreen male
kiss before filming their electrifying scene.
After Skarsgard's vampire character
Eric bests Talbot (played by Theo Alexander) at chess, Talbot
declares he's bored and commands Eric to take off his clothes. Eric
does as instructed and the men begin to kiss, but Eric is more
concerned with revenge against King of Mississippi Russell Edgington
(played by openly gay Denis O'Hare) than making love and ultimately
kills Talbot, Edgington's partner of 700 years.
told Entertainment Weekly
that neither he nor Theo Alexander had previously kissed a man
“I'd never kissed a guy before on a
show or in a movie, and that was Theo's first time as well, and we
talked about it,” he said.
“It goes from being this romantic,
beautiful scene, and they're getting rough with each other and
getting it on – and [then] the turn where Eric just slaughters him.
It's such a rich scene.”
“I basically said, 'We've got to sell
it in the beginning. It's got to be passionate and beautiful because
then the payoff is going to be so much more rewarding.'”
The curtain falls on season 3 of the
HBO vampire drama on September 12.