'True Blood' actor lands two film roles

8:00 PM PST 05/24/2010 by Jay A. Fernandez, AP

Grant Bowler joins actioner 'Killer Elite,' 'City of Gardens'

Grant Bowler needs to dig out his passport.

The "True Blood" actor has picked up roles in action feature "The Killer Elite" and indie drama "The City of Gardens," both shooting abroad this month.

Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro topline "Elite," about the real-life efforts of a private British vigilante group to eliminate a band of contract killers. Bowler will play Capt. James Cregg, an SAS officer and war hero who is one of the targets.

Gary McKendry is directing "Elite," which begins shooting this month in Australia.

Also shooting this month in Peru is the Camilo Vila-directed "Gardens," which centers on a young California surfer in 1980 who is framed and thrown in a Peruvian jail for political prisoners before escaping.

Bowler will play a schizophrenic named Jesus Christ who is stuck in solitary confinement. John Robinson, James Remar and Deborah Unger also star.

Bowler, repped by Don Buchwald & Associates, Sue Barnett in the U.K. and Untitled Entertainment, has had regular roles on ABC's "Ugly Betty" and "Lost." He returns as Cooter, the deadly biker-turned-werewolf, on the third season of HBO's "True Blood," which premieres June 13.
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