Apparently the juicy role of The Governor, one of The Walking Dead's most infamous villains, in the TV adaptation of Robert Kirkman's comic book is pretty highly coveted by a horror fan favorite. Tom Savini, the legendary makeup artist and star of films like From Dusk Till Dawn and Grindhouse (and whose work on George Romero's Dawn and Day of the Dead directly inspired Kirkman's zombie saga) is eager to portray The Governor in the show's third season. But the producers have another actor in mind. More after the jump.
In an exclusive interview with MovieWeb about "Wet Dreams" -- the segment of the new anthology film The Theatre Bizarre that he both directs and stars in -- Tom Savini reveals that he's been discussing the role of The Walking Dead's Governor with the show's producer (and Savini's fellow makup maestro) Greg Nicotero.
"Listen," says Savini, who will next appear as a whip-cracking bad guy in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, "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!"
When asked if the character was based on him, Savini replied, "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!"
What do you guys think? I love Savini, and it's true he looks just like The Governor, but does this role, which will presumably drive most of season 3's plot, require a different kind of actor?