The first season I watched True Blood I literally stared at Ryan Kwanten’s shoulders so much I think I may have gone cross-eyed. His character – dumb, redneck, sex-crazed, maybe-killing-women-but-too-dumb-to-even-know-it, V-addicted Jason Stackhouse was so spectacularly idiotic his entire existence could be summed up by Lafayette’s line, you’s a stupid bitch Jason Stackhouse.
Season 2 Jason kept his clothes on more (BOOO!) but his character developed. He felt guilt and shame and recognized the life he’d been living hadn’t been one to be proud of. Of course he was also in the throes of being brainwashed by a cult and let the cult leader’s bible thumping wife give him a bath time hand job – BUT still – he was getting just a wee bit smarter. And come on – his pairing with Andy Bellefleur to take on zombies with his God Who Comes impersonation was really a highlight of the entire season.
So far this season Jason is getting there. Slowly. He knows his limitations and wants more for himself (like to be a cop), but he also has no idea how to get there because he’s never really thought hard about much of anything (other than all the work he put into “watching porn” and “working out like a motherf*cker”!) You have to be a pretty good actor to play someone that stupid and not appear either as if you yourself are that dumb, or that you’re condescending to people who really are that dumb. I think Ryan Kwanten does a great job and he’s made Jason less reprehensible-yet-hot-to-drool-over and more winning-and-hot-to-drool-over.
(Duh – of course I realize these are ALL shirtless pictures. I mean, he works so hard on that body, what a shame it would be not to show the fruits of his labor 🙂 You’re welcome Ryan)