John Hawkes explains why he passed on The Governor role in <i>The Walking Dead</i>Back in January, we exclusively reported that AMC's hit zombie series The Walking Dead had made an offer to actor John Hawkes for The Governor role in Season 3. A week later, we learned that he turned down the part, which opened the door for David Morrissey to step in. Today, I had the chance to speak with John Hawkes, who was promoting the Blu-ray release of Roadracers, and he explained why he chose not to take this coveted role.

"They offered me the role, and I just felt there would be someone else who could do it better. I was flattered, and I took a look at the series. It held interest for me, but I just didn't feel like I was the guy for it. I have to be careful of what TV shows I choose, particularly ones that have commercials in them, because it's going to be a different kind of television show. There are going to be sponsors. No matter how good the show is, if there are commercials, it's going to be a different show, to me. That's just my personal feeling. Yeah, it was nice of them to ask, and it's a good show, but, again, I just didn't feel I was the guy. They came to me and sent me the graphic novel and the first two seasons. I took a look at them, and just didn't feel like it was for me."

The Walking Dead will return to AMC with Season 3 sometime this fall, most likely during the network's annual FearFest programming in October.