5 Actors Who Could Play Quinn

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True Blood season 4 is speeding toward a climactic conclusion, one that we’re sure will leave Truebies begging for next summer to come quickly and bring season 5 with it. One of the characters from book 5 that many have been anticipating, and who we think will show up in True Blood season 5, is Quinn.

John Quinn is a full-blooded weretiger who first appears in the fifth book Dead as a Doornail. He’s at least 6 1/2 feet tall, impressively muscular, bald, with olive skin and striking purple eyes. He works as the supernatural coordinator for Extreme(ly Elegant) Events where his job is to arrange and emcee all types of supernatural community events. He and Sookie date for a while, but he’s reticent about sharing his past with her and eventually she breaks up with him, finally resolving their relationship in “Small-Town Wedding” in The Sookie Stackhouse Companion.

Vin Diesel as Quinn on True Blood?Vin Diesel: Charlaine Harris has noted that Vin was one of her inspirations for Quinn, so no list is complete without him. He isn’t quite as tall as book Quinn, but few actors are (in fact, with Alexander Skarsgard and Joe Manganiello already cast, that’s pretty much dried up the pool). Does Vin have the acting chops to play Quinn? The weretiger’s backstory is a tragic one and we haven’t seen much by way of convincing emotion from Vin. On the other hand, he has the stoic, silent type down cold.

Dwayne Johnson as Quinn on True Blood?Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: He’s big, he’s burly, and he can rock the bald look. So far we’ve mostly seen Dwayne in comedic or action roles, but he might surprise us with some dramatic skills and we think he’d jump at the opportunity to be part of True Blood. Does he have the predatory look needed for Quinn? Can you picture him with Sookie? He’s not our first choice, but Sookie might like what The Rock is cookin’.

Oded Fehr as Quinn on True Blood?Oded Fehr: Not an obvious choice, but we think Oded has the intensity and exotic good looks that could make him a compelling Quinn. He can do brooding, he can do sensual, he can do dangerous, and he can do charming. Of all the guys on our list, he’s also the one we can see working for E(E)E in a (sort of) public capacity. It would be a shame to lose the hair, though.

Shemar Moore as Quinn on True Blood?Shemar Moore: Currently starring in Criminal Minds, we think Shemar could moonlight as a different incarnation of Quinn. He’s gorgeous, yes, and tall and built, but Shemar has an open quality that book Quinn did not. There’s a lightheartedness about him, even when dealing with a horrific case on the CBS series, that could be a breath of fresh air in Bon Temps in general and for Sookie in particular. We could actually see her going out to dinner with him and NOT having it turn into a supernatural crisis!

Jason Momoa as Quinn on True Blood?Jason Momoa: Our current favorite choice for Quinn, Jason just came off a stellar turn as Khal Drogo in HBO’s Game of Thrones and recently hit the big screen as Conan in the new Conan the Barbarian. Losing that gorgeous dark hair would be sad, but we think he’d look smashing as bald, dangerous Quinn. We were also impressed by his layered performance on GoT, given in a completely fictional language. If Jason lands the role of the weretiger, then Eric, Bill & Alcide are in for some serious competition.

What do you think? Are we on the right track with our armchair casting picks or are we missing the obvious? Vote in the poll and sound off in the comments below.

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  1. SookieLuv

    September 4, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Ooo! oOoo!! Channing Tatum!! You are SO right! GREAT SUGGESTION! HOLY COW! YES! I could really see Channing with that bald head throwing around the word “Babe” left and right. ME LIKEY!! Me Likey ALOT!!

    • LeAnne

      September 6, 2011 at 8:22 am

      Chaninng Tatum is one of the hotttttest actora around! 😉

  2. jun

    September 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I always pictured a Vin diesel type while reading the books but I think Jason Stratham could also do the part justice.

    • aiclys87

      September 11, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Me too!! That must be him!!!!

  3. Laura O

    September 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I just want Jason to keep his hair though. That is one of his sexiest qualities.

  4. camilla

    September 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Quinn is a character I think should be in the show. there is so much involving Quinn, and they could add even more. When i read the book i pictured him very much like Randy Orton, just without the tattoos. But vin is a good second!!! 🙂

  5. Nicole Fields

    September 5, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Kevin Grevioux–the man from Underworld he’s only 6’2″ though

    • LeAnne

      September 6, 2011 at 8:24 am

      just looked up Kevin Grevioux…. he is HUGE!

  6. Mary

    September 6, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I think it should be an HBO favorite- TImothy Olyphant!

  7. Krissie

    September 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Sal Alvarez (from Gen Kill) No idea how tall he is though.

  8. m

    September 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I think ryan gosling would be fab! He’s so hot and has an awesome body!

  9. m

    September 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    They can fix height issues on film. So, it doesn’t really matter how tall they are in real life but they have to be sexy.

  10. Meg

    September 6, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Ive read the books and Quinn is suposed to be big and bald so id have to say Vin Diesel is the closest.

  11. DJ

    September 7, 2011 at 8:07 am

    BILLY ZANE!!! As I was reading the books, that’s the man I kept seeing…HOT HOT HOT!

  12. RogueGrl76

    September 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Jason Statham, definitely. Though Channing Tatum wouldn’t be bad either. 🙂 Or Arnold Vosloo (from the Mummy)

    • Rosa

      September 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      Arnold Vosloo is a good choice but i think a little too old now

  13. AshV

    September 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    i think chris hemsworth would be great and his 6’3

  14. Tangueray

    September 11, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I always pictured Boris Kodjoe as Quinn. He’s bald, olive-skinned and very tall and handsome. Look him up and tell me he doesn’t fit Quinn.

    • Mel

      September 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm

      Ooooh, good suggestion, Tangueray! I really liked him in Undercovers last season; he’d be delicious on True Blood.

  15. Mia

    September 11, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    William Levy should play Quinn he is hot an sexy. He came out in JLo’s video “I’m into You”, he is a an actor in Mexican soap operas.

  16. PAW

    September 12, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Honestly, the list is not good. They technically old and they look old to be paired with Sookie. I agree with LeAnne& AshV. I think Chaning Tatum and Chris Hemsworth would be perfect for the role of Quinn. 🙂

  17. Justin

    September 12, 2011 at 9:32 am

    When I read the books, i pictured someone like Billy Zane playing Quinn.

  18. Kristen

    September 12, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Paul Wesley. It won’t happen, but I think it would have been perfect.

    • Liz

      September 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      Paul is too young and does not have the physical appearance to pull off a huge, muscular weretiger. He’s perfect as Stefan Salvatore. 😉