Michael Rooker

Nov. 18, 2012 | 5:10 p.m.

‘Walking Dead’ star Michael Rooker on tough love, Merle’s code

'The Walking Dead' - Merle Dixon (featured image)
Michael Rooker has a sizable fan following — one amassed during a decades-long career that stretches back cinematically to his breakthrough role in the chilling underground film “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.” The grisly low-budget movie established Rooker’s bonafides when it comes to projecting an air of charismatic menace, a skill set he’s employed for a range of roles in film and on television, including the character he plays on AMC’s hit zombie series “The Walking Dead.” And while Merle Dixon might not seem like the most affable guy, he does have his own code of honor, a kind of unique morality heavy on self-reliance and self-preservation, but not entirely without heart, especially when it comes to his brother Daryl, played by Norman Reedus. “Merle does have a code that he lives by,” Rooker said on the Georgia set […]
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