After SFX/make-up legend turned actor Tom Savini let loose a little while ago that the producers of The Walking Dead were hoping to nail down character actor John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone, Martha Marcy May Marlene) to play the iconic role in the hit TV show, the internet became a buzz with excitement and intrigue. Fans of the comic series obviously know who I am referring to. Yet, for those who are approaching the TV show with fresh eyes and who aren’t aware of the character, I won’t ruin his involvement in the story. All I will say is that he is a very BAD BAD MOTHERF- – - – -. Though the actor would be pretty astonishing in the role, his publicist is quick to shoot down the rumors.
“John is NOT appearing on The Walking Dead,” publicist Karen Samfilippo said in an email to TheWrap.
Last week in an interview with MovieWeb.com, Tom Savini had this to say which ignited the rumor-mill:
Listen, I have been campaigning to be the governor on that damn thing with Greg Nicotero for over a year. Everytime I see the graphic novel, and I see a picture of the governor, who looks just like me, I send Greg a picture. I just won’t give up. Last time I talked to him about it, when I was in Los Angeles, he said they were going after a name for that part. I said, “Who?” He said John Hawkes. Well, I never heard of John Hawkes. But then he reminds me that we were in From Dusk Till Dawn together. He is the guy at the beginning in the store that fires on them. Apparently he was up for an Academy Award. He was up for something called Winter’s Bone. That’s whom they are going after for The Governor. But everyone I talk to, the people that read the graphic novels…They’ve all said that I would be the perfect governor. Because he is tough and brutal. And…I look just like the graphic depiction of him!
Maybe Savini might end up getting his wish after all. Since it sounds like the producers are looking for someone for the role, fans will hopefully not have to wait too much longer to see the character on The Walking Dead.
In 10 days, the second half of Season 2 of The Walking Dead will begin. Set your DVR’s for Feb. 12 at 9/8 c.
Get a peak at the character in question below.