Apparently Henry Rollins went so far as to audition for the role. Talk about mud in your eye if you miss out on a role that was written just for you. Tough town, that Hollywood. In an interview with Forbes magazine the former Black Flag front man had this to say:
“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. 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. 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. I get great auditions, I auditioned for stuff like Narcos too, but rarely does anything come my way. What usually comes my way is a no audition thing like The Last Heist or He Never Died that the film’s writer, Jason Krawczyk, wrote with me in mind.”
Taking a quick poll around Showbiz Spy it’s pretty apparent that both the series and Henry Rollins will live. Fans seem to all be in agreement that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is killing it (pun intended) as Negan and likely should continue doing so. While Henry Rollins tour is taking him from Wacken in Germany to Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, that’s in Canada – I had to look it up too. But still that just has to sting. Getting paid to kill zombies on tv? Where do I sign up?!
Walking Dead season 7 premiers in October on AMC.