This would’ve been interesting…
Singer, and sometimes actor, Henry Rollins just revealed that he auditioned for the role of Negan in AMC’s massively-successful THE WALKING DEAD series. He didn’t get the role, which is something that happens all the time in Hollywood, but what makes this story interesting is that the role was- technically- him.
Here’s what he told Forbes:
“Since I didnâ€™t get the part I can tell you this. I was up for the role of Negan because Charlie Adlard, who worked on the comic book, based that guy on me and so I was a shoo-in for an audition. The internet was wild with speculation because in the upcoming season they were going to introduce the character. A woman that works in my office put my name and the characterâ€™s name into an internet search and all this speculation came up. I went for the audition and there were five pages of really cool dialogue with all these curses and it was beautiful, but I didnâ€™t get it. I later saw a photograph of the guy who did get it and he looks almost exactly like the comic book rendering. The woman at my office watched the episode where he turns up, the dialogue that I auditioned with was in the show and she said, â€˜It should have been you.â€™ Obviously it wasnâ€™t or this conversation would be very different but that happened. I had to sign one of those documents where you canâ€™t talk about it but now itâ€™s over and done withâ€¦ so yeah, I was up for that part.”
The response to Negan’s reveal in the season finale of THE WALKING DEAD was divisive- with many fans loathing the cliffhanger ending- but very few people seemed to have a qualm with Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s portrayal of the character. Still, it would’ve been interesting to see what Rollins might have done with the role. His public persona has always been icy, detached, and quietly menacing.
It’s got to be strange to not get a role after the artist that created the character’s look tells you he based it on you. But hey, those are the breaks.
What do you think? Was Morgan the right guy to play Negan in THE WALKING DEAD, or would you have rather seen Rollins get the part?