EXCLUSIVE: John Hawkes Explains Why He Turned Down 'The Walking Dead'

The actor didn't feel he was right as The Governor role for Season 3 of this AMC zombie series.
  • By TVweb  |  Apr 18, 2012
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John Hawkes explains why he passed on The Governor role in The Walking Dead
John Hawkes explains why he passed on The Governor role in The Walking Dead
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.

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