Andrew Lincoln dresses up as his The Walking Dead character Rick Grimes for the cover of Entertainment Weekly’s latest issue!Love this show.
Here’s what the 37-year-old British actor had to share about the hit AMC zombie series, which the mag hails as “the best new show on TV”:
On the gory scenes: “I remember thinking, ‘Please! This is not what I signed up for!’” (In one of the earlier episodes, Rick hacks up a corpse and smears the remains on him so he can escape a zombie by looking and smelling like one of them)
On how he landed the role: “[After auditioning] I got an e-mail outlining the project … It said The Walking Dead. Terrific title … and then it said ‘Zombie survival horror.’ I think I actually did a literal double take. I was like, ‘Really?!’ I was a bit reticent. It was only the next day, when they sent me this top secret script, that it really dawned on me what the show had a chance to do, and I got very excited.”
Creator Frank Darabont on casting Andrew, who starred in 2003’s Love Actually: “What’s weird for me now is that whenever I hear him talk with his English accent, I’m like, ‘Where’s Rick? Stop pretending you’re British!’”