1. HBO Passed on the Walking Dead.
According to Greg Nicotero, the Walking Dead’s makeup effects artist, HBO and NBC both wanted to tone down the violence and all the gory details of the show. “Thank goodness we wound up at AMC. They totally get this show. Right from the beginning, they’ve been completely trusting and supportive of what we’ve been trying to do with this series,” he says. Oddly enough, HBO has its own share of violence with The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, and yet they still didn’t want to carry The Walking Dead. It’s definitely one of their biggest mistakes to date.
2. The creatures aren’t called “Zombies”.
Sure, they look, act, and move the same as zombies do, but they are called “Walkers”. TV series producer Robert Kirkman said that in the world of The Walking Dead, the concept of zombies is nonexistent. “We felt like having them saying ‘zombie’ all the time would harken back to all of the zombie films which we, in the real world, know about,” he explains. “They’ve never seen this in pop culture, this is a completely new thing for them.”
3. The cast playing Walkers have to attend zombie school.
If you think shuffling along like a dead and decomposing creature is a piece of cake, you’ve obviously never been to zombie school. The actors who play Walkers have to attend rigorous training sessions in order to portray Walkers properly, and the basic idea is to act like they’re leaving a bar at two in the morning. 21-year-old Vincent Martella plays a character named Patrick, who gets infected and becomes a Walker. He says that eating another human being is one of the biggest challenges of playing a zombie. “You can’t look like you have any specific motive or where you’re going to take a bite. You’re just blindly eating prey.” He had to make it look very animalistic with no human qualities when eating, which is obviously difficult for an actor who voices the beloved little Phineas on Disney Channel’s “Phineas & Ferb”, right?
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4. Filming the pilot made a real SWAT team respond to the scene.
During the filming of the pilot episode of the series, Michael Rooker who plays Merle Dixon was positioned menacingly on set. A few neighbors saw him and mistook him for an actual sniper, prompting a frantic call to a real SWAT team to investigate. If that’s not convincing acting, then we don’t know what is.
5. There are actually more Walkers killed off in the series than you’d think.
Just after the fourth season, Rick has taken out 127 Walkers, most with the help of his Colt Python. Daryl clocks in at 98 kills. He used his Horton Scout 125 Crossbow to take out 60 of them. That’s just for two main characters alone, so there’s hope for the human race after all.
6. The British Background
‘The Walking dead’ is, without a doubt one of the most entertaining and thrilling series on air at the moment. It features the exploits of Rick Grimes and his pack of survivors, battling through a post – apocalyptic America where they have to fight twisted psychopaths almost as often as they fight walkers (the former sometimes posing more of a threat to the group). However, Andrew Lincoln, the actor who plays Rick Grimes is actually British! He was brought up in hull, Yorkshire and then in Bath, Somerset; he also studied at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Despite having extensive dialog in both The Walking Dead and Strike-back, he has never botched his accent (many a great name has fallen prey to this monster). The command he has over his dialog delivery is truly praiseworthy.
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