I don’t know what it is about this guy, but he just makes me hate him every single time I find he’s opened his mouth about playing Keir in the new biopic Sal based on the life of actor Sal Mineo. Who is Jim Parrack? He’s well known for playing the part of loser Hoyt Fortenberry on the HBO blood sucking series True Blood. Why do I hate him? Because I think he’s one of the most narcissistic human beings I’ve ever had the chance to see. According to him he didn’t want to contact Keir about playing him because he felt he didn’t need to. More below the cut.
Actor on Sex Scene with Ryan Kwanten and Sal Mineo Biopic
Actor Jim Parrack, who plays vampire-smitten Hoyt Fortenberry on the HBO hit True Blood, talks about a sex scene he recently filmed with costar Ryan Kwanten as well as his role in James Franco’s upcoming film about murdered gay actor Sal Mineo in an interview with New York magazine.
Parrack is asked about the sex scene, which happened during a dream had by Jason Stackhouse (Kwanten’s character). “I still haven’t seen that, but to play the cowgirl straddling my buddy?” he says with a laugh. “That was a very interesting scene to shoot, to say the least.”
Parrack also appears in close friend James Franco’s upcoming film, Sal, as actor Keir Dullea. The film, which chronicles the last days of actor Mineo as he was appearing in the play P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, will premiere at the Venice Film Festival later this month.
“There’s some great material,” Parrack says of the screenplay, adapted from Michael Gregg Michaud’s highly regarded biography. “It’s amazing to me that Sal Mineo was getting nominated for Oscars [for 1955’s Rebel Without a Cause and 1960’s Exodus] but then when he came out as a homosexual, he lost everything.”
He also gives a shout-out to actor Val Lauren, who plays Mineo. “He is going to fucking blow people’s minds,” Parrack says. “He is going to break your heart and make you fall in love with Sal — how he kept his dream alive, how he wasn’t bitter, how he wasn’t blaming anyone, up to that last tragic moment.”
Asked if he sought advice from Dullea, who starred in the sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey and costarred in Mineo’s last play, Parrack says no. “Look, if I do that, he might tell me things that could go against my instinct. I don’t know if he was bisexual, but I sensed that about him, so I took that idea to James, and we incorporated that. Not in an obvious way, not that I’m flirting with boys, but just suggesting that it’s possible.”
Keir Dullea (left) starred as Lewis in the film ‘Welcome to Blood City’ in 1977. Jim Parrack (right) plays Dullea in the biopic ‘Sal’ directed by James Franco.
Okay Parrack is a whack nutter. First of all saying that to consult with Keir would “go against my instinct” is plainly stupid. If the person you’re playing is still alive, as an actor he should have at least had the courtesy to seek Keir out to ask him what he was feeling, thinking, being at the time the film’s events take place. Secondly, Parrack claims he felt a ‘homosexual’ vibe from Keir is just plainly idiotic. If he’d at least taken the time to IMDB Keir, he’d have found out Keir had been married rour times, including his current wife, Mia Dillon. Not to mention at the time of Mineo’s death, Keir had been married to Susie, a marriage that lasted 27 years till her death in 1997. Thirdly, I have no idea where Franco got the idea that Parrack even looked like Keir. When IMDBing Parrack, I found out he is at least 6’4″ which places him at least three inches taller than Keir at 6’1′. Parrack also is bigger physically than Keir. He also just doesn’t have that gentility Keir possesses. The photo above shows what Keir looked like circa 1977, about the time the Franco film takes place.
Personally I think Parrack is a jerk. Certainly the play Keir was perparing at the time of Mineo’s death was P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD, a play Keir originated on Broadway with actor Tony Musante. The theme of the play involves homosexual undertones, but for Parrack to state he ‘feels that homosexual vibe’ means he does not understand the nature of acting. Part of that is to research your topic or character. If a doctor, you read books on being a doctor. If a firefighter, hang out for a time with firefighters. Lots of actors do it. When Angela Bassett played rock icon Tina Turner in the film What’s Love Got To Do With It?, Bassett consulted Turner and received some insight from the singer. Same when Tom Hanks played Jim Lovell in the film “Apollo 13,” he met with the astronaut many times to discuss what happened on that ill-fated flight. It just galls me that Parrack is being so conceited to think he doesn’t have to meet with Keir, a real person, about playing him. For that reason alone I can say I hate Parrack with a passion. Thank goodness he’s off of True Blood because I really didn’t care for his character.