As we near the second half of the Walking Dead’s second season, one where we are promised the introduction of new characters, speculation abounds. Will the infamous Governor make the transition from comic to TV screen. Comic readers know that the character is probably the biggest villain that Rick and the gang faced in the books, the tyrant of his own enclave of survivors. Come on Kirkman, you have to have him on the show.
So, if he does, who will play him? Well actor/makeup effects maestro Tom Savini, aka that guy, wants the role. You may not know the name, but you do know the face. He’s been in Dusk Till Dawn, Desperado, Planet Terror and Land of the Dead to name a few. Perfect fit, right? Well, this is what he told Dread Central:
“Listen, I have been campaigning to be the Governor on that damn thing with Greg Nicotero for over a year. Every time 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.”
ROBBED! Come on, the dude stars in zombie movies, he MAKES zombie movies. Who the hell is John Hawkes anyway?
Oh, he’s THAT guy, the merchant Sol Star on Deadwood, Dustin Powers on Eastbound & Down. He’s been on Lost, 24, even Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He kinda looks the part even. Plus a lot people are talking about his performances in movies that I won’t see like Winter’s Bone, Martha Marcy May Marlene and The Surrogate. On paper he might be a great choice, but also a tough one to land for the little AMC show. We’ll keep you posted.
I still say Savini should get the part and that he should have the crotch cannon from Dusk till Dawn, but that’s just me.