Was the Philadelphia Eagles' Todd Herremans on to something?

Obsessive analysis of True Blood.
Aug. 16 2010 1:19 PM

True Blood's "Barrage of Homosexuality"

Was the Philadelphia Eagles' Todd Herremans on to something?

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After flashing his sarcastic rictus and grotesque sneer, moving to that decadent cackle, tongue-wagging slurp and grandiose frown, O'Hare then shows us a startling new face. His nostrils flare; his mouth flattens, his lower lip moistens in spittle, and the timbre of his voice drops into an animalistic rumble. He looks at the camera and growls at humanity: "We will eat you … after we eat your children."

True Blood has always been about suave, sexy vampires, but in this beastly switch, the mask drops. Exit Dracula, enter Nosferatu.

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Correction, Aug. 16, 2010: This article originally confused the character of Andy Bellefleur with his cousin, Terry Bellefleur. (Return to the corrected sentence.)

Jason Zinoman writes about theater for the New York Times. He is the author of Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.