At Showtracker, our must-read sister blog on all things television, Maria Elena Fernandez talks to Andrew Lincoln about humor amid the horror. Here’s an excerpt…
Remember the eerie opening of “The Walking Dead“? It was spooky and compelling, but … was it funny?
It was to Andrew Lincoln, who plays the dazed and confused sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes who walks out of a hospital into a zombie apocalypse on AMC’s hit series “The Walking Dead.”
“When I did the looping for Episode One, the opening three-minute sequence with Rick walking into the gas station and the girl zombie, I laughed out loud,” Lincoln said during a phone interview on Thursday. “I knew what was coming but I laughed out loud. I was so shocked by it. It’s certainly an intense sequence.”
The British actor says he’s been so surprised by scenes they’ve filmed — especially the one in the second episode in which Rick and a few others chop up a zombie and smear the blood on themselves to avoid being attacked by more zombies — that he often wondered during the filming of the first season if the series was going straight to DVD.
“I’ve never been on a show where everything we spoke about from the beginning of the show has been so clearly appreciated at the end after the edit,” Lincoln said. “Sometimes it gets lost along the way. That all that gore made the final cuts is astonishing, really. I think in one sense I admire AMC for the courage of their convictions and the fact that they’re not pulling any punches in regards to the brutality of it. If we didn’t have that we wouldn’t have the extremes of the emotional content that the characters go through. Once you establish the rule of the world and the place they inhabit — and they are so brutal and so extreme — then you can afford to push the ante a little bit with the acting as well. They go hand in hand.”
An instant hit, “The Walking Dead” is AMC’s biggest success story to date. Executive produced by Frank Darabont (“The Shawshank Redemption“), the series garners more viewers than AMC’s other critically acclaimed and award-winning series, “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad,” combined…
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— Maria Elena Fernandez
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