When it comes to shapeshifters, Marshall Allman is admittedly biased — after all, he plays Tommy Mickens, the magically transforming brother of Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) on "True Blood." Biased or not, it's hard to deny Marshall's enthusiasm for his character's power set.
"It's so much fun to take something supernatural and actually in my imagination accept that as something real for me," he told Hollywood Crush in an exclusive interview. "It gives me a secret, it gives me a mystery, it gives me this ace up my sleeve that other people might not know about. It drives my imagination wild. I love it! Any way that I get to explore that is so cool."
Marshall's imagination has gone so wild, in fact, that he's already thinking about ways to showcase Tommy's shape-shifting powers in an off-season series of viral videos. Read on to find out more!
"I was joking around with some of my team, and you know how they're doing minisodes between seasons? I was like, 'Man, next year, if they want to do a minisode for me, I've got the perfect idea,'" he said. "All they need to do is have me and Sam. Obviously with the way the season ends, they do this in a continuation of story lines. But I would love to do a viral video where me and Sam as shifters go to a zoo and have a day of it!"
When reminded about HBO's teaser poster featuring a zoo filled with shape-shifting flamingoes, Marshall said: "That's where my idea came from! Let's explore that a little more!"
"How much fun would it be if your kid was looking at a monkey in a cage, then he looks to his right, and the monkey is all of the sudden outside of the cage," he continued. "It's so funny! It would be really cool if all of the sudden there appeared in the fourth season a parrot that showed up and talked to the characters as if it was God. The parrot would be like, 'Gwak, this is God!' I could totally manipulate every character! Could you imagine Lafayette going for a smoke break and a parrot starts talking to him? Oh my gosh!"
Whether or not Marshall gets the chance to see his viral dreams come to reality remains to be seen. For now, the actor is happy enough playing a shape-shifter.
"To me, I love it," he said. "The whole world of the shifter has infinite possibilities."
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