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TV: John Hawkes Explains Why He Passed On ‘The Walking Dead’ Governor Role

John Hawkes, one of the most brilliant actors alive, IMO, was originally rumored to done the eyepatch for the role of “The Governor” in the forthcoming third season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” It eventually went to British star David Morrissey. But that doesn’t mean the show’s producers didn’t want Hawes for the role.

Hawkes, who is coming off a great few years having starred in Winter’s Bone, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Contagion and even “Eastbound & Down,” opened up to Movieweb as to why he passed on the role that was extended to him.

They offered me the role, and I just felt there would be someone else who could do it better,” he tells the site. “I was flattered, and I took a look at the series. It held interest for me, but I just didn’t feel like I was the guy for it. I have to be careful of what TV shows I choose, particularly ones that have commercials in them, because it’s going to be a different kind of television show. There are going to be sponsors. No matter how good the show is, if there are commercials, it’s going to be a different show, to me. That’s just my personal feeling. Yeah, it was nice of them to ask, and it’s a good show, but, again, I just didn’t feel I was the guy. They came to me and sent me the graphic novel and the first two seasons. I took a look at them, and just didn’t feel like it was for me.

He watched the first two seasons, no wonder he passed. Still, I have high hopes for this year’s third season as we’ll see The Governor kicking ass opposite heroine Michonne (Danai Gurira). These arcs in the Robert Kirkman comic are simply awesome.



  • djblack1313

    it would have been good with Hawkes playing the Gov but i fully understand why he passed.

  • Nothing333

    Maybe he watched the majority of season 2 and thought it was indicitive of the series as a whole. I would have refused as well.

  • Marty_McFly

    Don’t get all the hate toward Walking Dead. It’s a solid show. Beats the shit out of Jersey Shore, American Idol, Lost, So You Think You Can Dance, Biggest Loser, or whatever the fuck else garbage everyone’s watching these days. Walking Dead is awesome, can’t wait for season 3.

    • Pandasftuw

      Why are you lumping lost in with jesey shore and so you think you can dance? Lost had great character development, an original intriguing plot and change television for the better. It is highly reviewed and is many people favorite shows along with breaking bad. The way lost teased and played with the audience was so immersive and fresh, it broke any convention the shitty procedurals that dominant television had ever created. Are you just a troll? How dare you include lost with the likes of the jersey shore. But I do agree the walking dead two season have been great, this site is really unprofessional, they always force their subjective opinions into a story, what they did was red state was ridiculous and only made them look bad not the film. The only people who don’t like the walking dead are A.d.d infested idiots who care more about shitty blood and guts like death valley and zombieland stories than they do characters.

      • Marty_McFly

        okay, maybe lost is in a different category, idk, tv shows are all same crap to me

        • Pandasftuw

          Breaking bad says hi

  • Nothing333

    If you compare garbage to shit, garbage will win every time.

    • Pandasftuw

      Neither the walking dead or lost are garbage.

      • Nothing333

        Omg now that you’ve stated that I totally agree with you.

  • Jhanse3 (Jhanse29)

    I don’t really like how he worded his reason. Makes him sound like he feels he’s above tv that’s not on showrime or hbo. I really like him but he comes off to me as a cocky ass.just say it didn’t feel like a fit or there was a conflict of projects in timing etc.

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