Let’s make one thing perfectly clear before we even begin. If his debut episode was any indication, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is the pitch perfect actor to play badass villain Negan on “The Walking Dead,” and we can’t wait to see him bash some heads in. But if Henry Rollins was playing the character? Well, we’d kinda love to see that too!
As it turns out, Henry Rollins did audition for the role of Negan, which makes total sense because the character was actually based on Rollins. Speaking with Forbes, the musician/actor recently opened up about the AMC audition.
“Since I didn’t get the part, I can tell you this. I was up for the role of Negan because Charlie Adlard, who worked on the comic book, based that guy on me and so I was a shoo-in for an audition,” said Rollins. “The internet was wild with speculation because in the upcoming season they were going to introduce the character. A woman that works in my office put my name and the character’s name into an internet search, and all this speculation came up. I went for the audition, and there were five pages of really cool dialogue with all these curses and it was beautiful, but I didn’t get it.”
“I later saw a photograph of the guy who did get it, and he looks almost exactly like the comic book rendering,” Rollins added. “The woman at my office watched the episode where he turns up. The dialogue that I auditioned with was in the show, and she said, ‘It should have been you.’ Obviously it wasn’t or this conversation would be very different but that happened. I had to sign one of those documents where you can’t talk about it, but now it’s over and done with… so yeah, I was up for that part.”
How cool would THAT have been?!