Ever since it became clear that The Walking Dead TV series would run long enough to include the villainous Negan, fans have made list after list giving their thoughts on which actor should play the Big Bad. While each list had different choices, there was always one actor whose name you could count on to appear: Henry Rollins.
Rollins was without a doubt the fan favorite for Negan, and given that Negan's physical appearance in the comic series was actually modeled off him, it seemed a perfect opportunity. However it wasn't to be, and in the end Jeffrey Dean Morgan absolutely crushed it as Negan in the Season 6 finale.
However in a recent interview with Forbes, Rollins revealed that even though he didn't end up as Negan, he did actually audition for the part before losing out to Morgan. Rollins explained:
“... 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."
Well how about that!
Although by now I'm sure all of us are totally convinced by now that the casting directors picked the best man for the job, it's still interesting to hear that such a big fan favorite was also up for the part. And who knows, perhaps we'll see Rollins pop up in The Walking Dead universe in some other capacity.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Season 7 in October.
Do you think Rollins would have made a better Negan than Jeffrey Dean Morgan?