Brett Gipson On Ryan Kwanten’s Character on ‘Knights of Badassdom’
fearnet: The easy thing would be to approach LARPing as a joke; something to make fun of. Did that happen at all? Did you want to make fun of them?
Not at all. This movie absolutely glorifies [LARPing]. Essentially it is Ryan Kwanten’s character that gets broken up with, and his nerdy buddies - Dinklage and Steve Zahn - want him to go LARPing. He is hemming and hawing because he is the “cool guy” in the group, so they end up “kidnapping” him and taking him into this LARPing world. He sees there is something to this, something fun and innocent, where you can actually become who you want to be. So we definitely steer clear of making fun of anything.
How did you get involved with Mambo?
Well they originally approached me in the beginning of this year. I obviously had heard of Mambo- they’re very, very big in Australia. In fact, I recently read an article where in the last thirty years they’ve [become] one of the most influential apparel labels ever [there].
Do you skate or surf at all?
I do both. I grew up on the beach so mainly surfing. Believe it or not, [I grew up] in the same small little beach town where Mambo is made, which is called Manly. I actually grew up in what we call “Poor Man’s Manly,” it’s the same little stretch of beach but just at the other end.
You play Jason Stackhouse on True Blood, which is such a great show. What’s your favorite episode that you guys have filmed?
Thursday July 21st 2011 Panel
4:15-5:15 TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites—Joe Manganiello and Deborah Ann Woll
Friday July 22nd 2011 Panel
12:00-1:00 ABC Family: The Nine Lives of Chloe King— Grey Damon (True Blood, Friday Night Lights)
5:30-6:30 True Blood Panel and Q&A session— Mixing romance, suspense, mystery, and humor, the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated True Blood kicked off its 12-episode fourth season June 26 on HBO. The series follows the on-and-off romance between waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Oscar and Emmy award winner Alan Ball created and serves as executive producer of the series, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. The series — and this panel! — also features Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse, Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte, Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton, Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette, Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica Hamby, Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam, Joe Manganiello as Alcide, and Kevin Alejandro as Jesus. Moderated by Tim Stack of Entertainment Weekly. Ballroom 20
Saturday July 23rd 2011 Panel