“You quit your job because you don’t want to play a gay part?
While Ellis was an illustrious actor known also for his roles in creator and executive producer Alan Ball said in a statement, “Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me.
Here, he tells VIBE how he brought Lafayette to life, what the gay community thinks about the character and how he plans to transition beyond his Nelsan Ellis: I think by the second or third audition I got some bad notes from the casting director.
They figured I was playing a stereotype or something like that so I got a friend of mine to come and work the audition with me and somehow I found the character inside of me versus putting on something that wasn’t real.
"Every time I play this character — because my mother died — I have a piece of my mama, I have a piece of her memories and who she was.
She died in the third season, and my favourite part of Lafayette is every time I play him, I'm doing my mother."In a statement, HBO expressed its sadness over the news.
“After many stints in rehab, Nelsan attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own.