AMC may have dropped the ball with their casting of Negan.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who’s great and will likely do a wonderful job with the character, wasn’t the man in The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard’s mind when he helped create Negan. Henry Rollins was.
How bad ass would it have been to see Rollins decked out as Negan? Probably too bad ass to even contemplate, since we’ll – sadly – never see it.
Here’s the real kicker: Rollins actually auditioned for the role! The man auditioned to play a character inspired by him, and he didn’t get the job!!
As a Henry Rollins fan, that’s borderline infuriating.
Why, AMC? Why would you not give us this amazing gift that was all but served up for you?
Rollins recently spoke with Forbes and you can get his take on things.
“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.”
Sometimes it’s best not knowing what could have been.
I’ll go cry in a corner now.