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True Blood's Ryan Kwanten goes crazy to play Charles Manson

10.28.2010

"True Blood" beefstick Jason Stackhouse may be a simple-minded sort, but there are more layers to actor Ryan Kwanten.

The Aussie is shedding the good-natured Southern charmer to play charismatic loon Charles Manson in an upcoming project called THE FAMILY.

THE MACHINIST writer Scott Kosar is making his directing debut on the film, and he gives STYD some details about his approach to the story of the infamous criminal and his heinous activities: "Unlike other films on the subject, THE FAMILY will also spend time getting to know the victims, particularly Sharon Tate, who will be portrayed very sympathetically. I don't think a responsible movie can be made about this subject without humanizing the victims, which must be done in order to truly convey - as much as a film is able to - the enormity of the tragedy. This won't be a slasher film, but it won't gloss over the violence either."

Kwanten can also be seen in the modern Western RED HILL, but what I'm looking forward to is THE KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM, in which he joins Peter Dinklage and Steve Zahn as live-action roleplayers who have to fight actual monsters.

Extra Tidbit: I wish "True Blood" was "The Adventures of Sheriff Eric and Jason Stackhouse", since I think they're the only really entertaining characters on the show.
Source: The WrapSTYD

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3:28PM on 10/29/2010

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At first I thought he was a local cheap hire from Louisiana(that's how good he is on the show), then to find out his body of work and that he is from the land down under?! Yeah he'd be great if given the right roles & a good production team! Looks like he's on his way.

This guy would be a great Flash! Not trying to start a "cast Flash thread" either, but think about it.
At first I thought he was a local cheap hire from Louisiana(that's how good he is on the show), then to find out his body of work and that he is from the land down under?! Yeah he'd be great if given the right roles & a good production team! Looks like he's on his way.

This guy would be a great Flash! Not trying to start a "cast Flash thread" either, but think about it.
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3:07PM on 10/29/2010
Seems like a great choice. He can pull off crazier than a bat in an outhouse.
Seems like a great choice. He can pull off crazier than a bat in an outhouse.
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2:48PM on 10/29/2010
I'm a big fan of Ryan, he's the only reason I continued to watch True Blood after Season 1. I'm looking forward to this.
I'm a big fan of Ryan, he's the only reason I continued to watch True Blood after Season 1. I'm looking forward to this.
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12:45PM on 10/29/2010
God I remember the days when Kwanten was on a little Aussie soap opera called Home and Away. He was pretty good back then too. That show has been a stepping stone for quite a few Aussie stars. Mellisa George was another one that comes to mind. Anywho good luck to him in his Hollywood endevours. :-)
God I remember the days when Kwanten was on a little Aussie soap opera called Home and Away. He was pretty good back then too. That show has been a stepping stone for quite a few Aussie stars. Mellisa George was another one that comes to mind. Anywho good luck to him in his Hollywood endevours. :-)
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12:30PM on 10/29/2010
Manson doesn't interest me at all, but I think this guy can pull it off. As for TrueBlood, I'd say this last season the writers were as clueless about what to do w/ Jason as they were Sam & Tara. I don't see how Sookie and Bill were any different than they used to be.
Manson doesn't interest me at all, but I think this guy can pull it off. As for TrueBlood, I'd say this last season the writers were as clueless about what to do w/ Jason as they were Sam & Tara. I don't see how Sookie and Bill were any different than they used to be.
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12:26PM on 10/29/2010
THE KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM stars Summer Glau as well so it promises to be something special. As for the tidbit, I like Bill more, he´s pretty badass when needs be. I like Eric but really, what´s he done so far?
THE KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM stars Summer Glau as well so it promises to be something special. As for the tidbit, I like Bill more, he´s pretty badass when needs be. I like Eric but really, what´s he done so far?
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7:06AM on 10/29/2010
Totally agree with the Extra Tidbit. Sookie, Bill, Sam and especially Tara were incredibly annoying last season.
Totally agree with the Extra Tidbit. Sookie, Bill, Sam and especially Tara were incredibly annoying last season.
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5:42AM on 10/29/2010

This guys got the goods. Looking forward to hearing more about this.

I'm really looking forward to The Knights Of Badassdom too, Dave. The three leads are all awesome IMO. Peter Dinklage is the SHIT. The Station Agent & Threshold FTW.
I'm really looking forward to The Knights Of Badassdom too, Dave. The three leads are all awesome IMO. Peter Dinklage is the SHIT. The Station Agent & Threshold FTW.
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3:01AM on 10/29/2010
nice!i enjoyed watching kwanten every since deadly silence!
nice!i enjoyed watching kwanten every since deadly silence!
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12:42AM on 10/29/2010

I can see this working

Ryan Kwanten's an excellent actor and he's got the charisma to play Charles Manson. Give a good director and script, this could be really good.
Ryan Kwanten's an excellent actor and he's got the charisma to play Charles Manson. Give a good director and script, this could be really good.
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