In all of horror literature there are few villains as despicable as The Walking Dead‘s Governor. Speculation has been running rampant as to who should play him in the TV version of the graphic novel on AMC, and one person has gone so far as to suggest himself. Curious? Read on!
While out and about doing press for The Theatre Bizarre, effects maestro turned director turned actor Tom Savini dropped the following on MovieWeb:
We want to know when you are going to show up on the Walking Dead?
Tom Savini: When am I going to be on The Walking Dead? I should be the governor on that damn thing!
You should be!
Tom Savini: 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!
Isn’t that character based on your likeness?
Tom Savini: I’ve never heard it confirmed that it was based on me. I wish the writers and the producers would remember that if I was. Because I’m available, and I want to do it. Tell everyone to vote: Tom Savini for Governor on The Walking Dead!
We’d love to see it; how about you? Check out this image of Savini, Hawkes, and the Governor compiled by Lilja’s Library, and cast your vote below.
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