John Hawkes Talks Passing on Being the Governor of The Walking Dead

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There’s little doubt in anyone’s mind that John Hawkes would have been perfect to play the Governor on AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Little doubt in anyone’s head but his apparently. Read on to find out why the actor passed on what could have been a banner role.

MovieWeb caught up with Hawkes, who shed some light on his decision…

“They offered me the role, and I just felt there would be someone else who could do it better,” he tells the site. “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.

You know, it’s impossible to tell from reading text on a screen the emotion behind those words, but man, did that all sound a bit on the dickish side of the fence. British star David Morrissey took the role once Hawkes passed.

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    I don’t think it sounds dickish. He’s just a very choosy intense actor. Hawkes has done mostly cable television without commercials, so I can see his point.