Nelsan Ellis, the actor best known for his portrayal of Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s “True Blood,” has died. He was 39. The reported cause was from complications due to heart failure.
Ellis burst into popular consciousness in 2008 when he was cast in “True Blood” as Reynolds, a flamboyant and outspoken gay short order cook at Merlotte’s in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Lafayette brought pointed humor to Alan Ball's acclaimed vampire drama that many considered an analogy for the gay rights struggle.
As news of Ellis' passing quickly spread, a scene where he marches out from behind the griddle to confront a trio of homophobic diners was widely circulated on Twitter.
I like chaos . . . taking yourself and the audience into the unknown, so no one is quite sure of what's going on. I love the kind of abandon that you feel onstage when your own will has been removed and you are completely vulnerable and no longer in control. You may look vulnerable. You may even look idiotic, but there's something honest and revealing going on.
That's the message Broadway audiences are sending at the prospect of seeing the most recent revival of "Hello, Dolly!" sans Bette Midler in the title role.
In the midst of a two-week vacation from the role that recently won her a Tony Award, Midler is set to return to the stage July 9 and has left Dolly in the capable hands of her understudy, two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy.
Ben Affleck might have a new leading lady in his life.
The "Justice League" star is rumored to be dating "Saturday Night Live" producer Lindsay Shookus, according to several reports out Friday.
Per E! News, which was first with a report of the romance, the Oscar winner and Shookus are "in the early stages" of their relationship. They met up in London for work and reportedly attended Sam Mendes' play "Ferryman" last week.