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Andrew Lincoln interview: ‘We feel robbed when a cast member dies in the The Walking Dead’

Written by Admin on October 08 2015

TELEGRAPH.CO.UK – Back in 2010, when Fox’s apocalyptic survival drama The Walking Dead first hit TV screens, its haunting, surreally American image of a man in a Sheriff’s hat, astride a horse, riding through a zombie-infected wasteland, became one of television’s most memorable sequences. But perhaps the biggest surprise was the identity of the man on the horse. Andrew Lincoln, a relatively obscure British actor, known for his roles in This Life, Teachers and Love Actually, was the unlikely casting choice for the show’s lead man, Southern Sheriff’s deputy turned survival supremo Rick Grimes.

Since then, Grimes – a rugged warrior father, unafraid to get his hands bloody when needed – has become a household name in the US, as well known as 24’s Jack Bauer. Last season, the character battled human cannibals, led an attack on a sinister hospital, blurred the lines between “surviving” and becoming a monster himself – and grew a rather impressive beard. When he shaved it, towards the close of the season, Twitter went into mourning, creating its very own memorial hashtag: #RIPRicksbeard.

When I meet Andrew Lincoln, in London’s Soho Hotel, the 42-year-old couldn’t look, or sound more un Rick-like. He’s smartly dressed in shirt and trousers, the convincing American accent he sports on the show has been abandoned for a British one, and, worst of all, he’s clean shaven. But he’s eager to discuss the fame of his now-missing facial hair.

“I’ve only just found that out – it had its own tweet or something?” he says, endearingly mixing-up his Twitter terms. “This is what I love about our show –the fans. It’s not our show any more – it’s their show.”

Warming to his subject, he tells me how his Walking Dead co-star Norman Reedus, who plays rebel redneck turned loyal team player Daryl Dixon, sends him the latest memes and fan-made artwork, depicting the pair’s on-show “bromance”.

“There’s one of me as Leonardo DiCaprio on the Titanic, and he’s Kate Winslet, and its rather moving… and there’s a Brokeback Mountain one as well. This never existed when I was doing This Life.”

Lincoln’s genuine, if slightly bemused delight at the excesses of the show’s creative fandom, is a product of the actor’s own rigorous control: he doesn’t follow the series on social media, and has never watched it. In fact, he says, he’s avoided watching himself on camera for the past 15 years: it encourages him not to self-censor his acting.

What he is passionate about, however, is how other people watch the show – specifically, about the fact that each episode is shot on 16mm film, rather than digital tape. Paraphrasing “a film director” – Bertolucci, he thinks – he tells me that celluloid “captures not only what is in front of the camera, but all around it” – making it the perfect medium for conveying the “realness” of the show’s zombies (known as “Walkers”), all of whom are played by extras.

“You can smell it, you can feel it, you can taste it. You can definitely get a sense of the show through the celluloid,” he says, with sudden fervency. “I think it’s borne out of the fact that we’ve got extras in zombie makeup. “

“I know [Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont] always said that he wanted that creamy, super 16 texture to help get that across. He didn’t want CGI: he wanted the human behind the monster and the monster behind the human. That’s absolutely what the show’s about.”

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The Walking Dead: Andrew Lincoln says Rick is ‘not taking any s— from anybody’ in season 6

Written by Admin on September 28 2015

EW.COM – You would think the Alexandrians would have gotten it by now. Rick Grimes killed some zombies that got through the gate at the end of season 5, showing the need for vigilance in protecting their community. But according to Andrew Lincoln, when The Walking Dead returns on Oct. 11, conflict will still be in the air.

How will Rick Grimes handle a still weary community? We spoke to Lincoln in his trailer on set down in Georgia to get the scoop on what to expect when things pick back up.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What kind of Rick Grimes are we going to see in season 6?
ANDREW LINCOLN: You meet a man at the end of season 5 that is unequivocal about how we should defend and secure this new world, and it is a feasible world, he believes. And I think that you see a man going into motion about that. But, you know, respectful of the hierarchy over there, but very possessive, and he’s not integrating as well as he could. And maybe that’s his Achilles heel.

At the end of season 5, he looks to be in some sort of measure of control by making people realize the danger and the threat and why they need him and why his way is the right way. So what does that mean as we go forward into season 6? Is this not one strong community behind this one vocal leader?
No. I think quite the opposite, and I think that what’s happened, which is very intriguing, is a community that suddenly is not just about fight or flight. It’s about rebuilding and starting over. People have choices again. It’s not just about following one leader. It can’t be, because it’s not, and a lot of the other characters in the show realize that — that they have space to actually make decisions for themselves and what they want in this community. Which is fascinating, because it becomes more of a society. It’s not a dictatorship, but it’s certainly run by a very pragmatic woman that is realizing that she has to change, because she’s ill-equipped. She has no information about what is out there, and this guy does. So maybe it’s a leader and a general. I don’t know.

We’ve seen real countries rise and fall because of governments and military not being able to align.
And see eye to eye. I agree.

So it sounds like we’re getting a little bit of that in a sense.
Well, yeah. We got a lot of people in this show now, and we’ve always had a lot of people, but we’ve got some great new additions to the cast that have been terrific, and also what you see is that there are more people in the community that you haven’t met yet that come forward in this season. And it is about our responsibility to educate these people, and whether or not Rick is as committed to them at this point in the journey. We’ll find out if he softens a little bit. He’s not taking any s— from anybody. But not in a kind of I-want-to-take-the-place way, just in a very kind of I-know-what-needs-to-be-done, and let’s f—ing get it done.

What about Rick and Jessie? Obviously a very complicated situation there, made even more complicated by the fact that you shot her husband.
Yeah, first date’s going to be kind of a challenge.

So what’s going on there?
I was very excited and apprehensive to see the first scene that they got to play. I was very intrigued about how they would address the elephant in the room, which is the dating game, you know? But she’s a terrific actress, and you will see an amazing evolution of her character in a very short space of time. And we got to do a great few scenes on Friday, and it’s amazing how time heals.

“Don’t worry about it, baby.”
There ain’t much choice in the apocalypse.

Just a warm body, right?
I’m just saying. She hasn’t got many options.

Andrew Lincoln Talks The Walking Dead

Written by Admin on September 23 2015

WORLDSCREEN.COM – NEW YORK: Andrew Lincoln, the star of The Walking Dead, talks to World Screen about being number one on the call sheet and setting an example for the numerous cast members and extras on the sprawling set in Georgia.

WS: The last time we spoke, you had just lost your TV wife.
LINCOLN: That’s an occupational hazard in the apocalypse, I’m afraid. I’ve lost a lot more people since my TV wife. You know, we still correspond, Sarah [Wayne Callies] and I. She signs off [her e-mails] with DTVW—deceased TV wife.

WS: I’ve heard about the tradition of “death dinners” every time you lose a cast member to the apocalypse. I imagine you’ve had a lot of those in the last couple of years!
LINCOLN: Yes. [Laughs] It’s something I never really thought through when I agreed to do the job. I just thought zombies, apocalypse—not realizing that you make these incredibly intimate and tender and trusting relationships with brilliant actors and friends, and then you have to say goodbye to them. The bonus is I get to work with most of the Screen Actors Guild, in one job!

WS: And a whole lot of extras.
LINCOLN: They’re incredible. The people that play the zombies—the walkers—are hard core. This season in particular, it’s been very, very hot, and wet. It’s probably the same temperature as it was when we first started the show, which was brutal. When you’re feeling sorry for yourself and sweating in your cowboy boots, all you have to do is look across and see somebody with prosthetics on and then you shut up and get on with your day.

WS: What’s in store for season six? The survivors are in a different stage now, having taken up residence at the seemingly secure community in Alexandria. Where is Rick Grimes in this journey?
LINCOLN: We left season five with quite a tumultuous final episode. You have a community in disarray, and the arrival of a long-lost friend, Morgan. You find Rick in a very decisive position. He’s a man who was almost restraining himself toward the end of last season, giving the Alexandrians a chance to get up to speed, as it were, with the realities of the world. You need Rick in a place of no nonsense. I do think that very much the story of this season, in particular what we’ve shot so far, has been about us and them: whether or not [Rick’s group of survivors] can integrate [with the Alexandrians]. But there are two other enormous threats lurking in the wings. All I will say is that this season there have been more zombies per capita than any season to date. It’s a thrill ride, to say the least. It’s been brutal, it’s been brilliant, it’s been incredibly ambitious and also, a nod has to go to [showrunner] Scott Gimple and his brilliant writers’ room. They keep changing up the story, and the way they tell the story. This season, more than any other, they are playing with time and threading some very intricate story plots together. It’s a really bold season in regards to storytelling. That shows some great courage and conviction from the writers’ room, and from AMC for supporting that and allowing them to change up the style and the format of the show. The fans deserve it because they are smart and attentive.

Andrew Lincoln Recalls Hilarious Fan Encounter

Written by Admin on November 08 2013

Each member of The Walking Dead cast has had their fair share of memorable fan encounters, and while Norman Reedus’s interactions with fans may be the most crazy — breast implant, anyone? — Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) recently recalled an encounter of his own, which he calls the “greatest story”.

At Walker Stalker Con — a fan-run convention in Atlanta — this past weekend, the star of the AMC show was part of a larger panel and took some time to chat about the show’s devoted fans.

“I just want to tell the greatest story that we possibly can for you guys because it’s kind of become this beast,” Andrew said of the power and reach of the AMC hit.

Andy then went on to recall a recent trip to the supermarket, during which he picked up some aubergines. It didn’t take the British actor long before he realized that in America, we call them eggplants, but aubergine sounds so much prettier so we may start a movement to bring that word back.

Anyway, Andy and his aubergines were keeping to themselves when a fan approached. “I was just sort of minding my business as much as you can and this guy said, ‘Hey Mr. Lincoln,’ and I said, ‘Hey,’ and he said, ‘You don’t remember me?’”

Unfortunately for the fan, Andy had no recollection of him. but it turns out there was a good reason for it!

“He said, ‘My name’s John. You stabbed me in the head last week,’” Andy concluded.

Walkers in the supermarket! Who knew? Clearly this guy was a TWD extra who had the honor of being killed by Rick Grimes. Even though Andy didn’t remember this particular walker, we have a feeling the fan understood. Without that heavy makeup and bloodshot eyes, we wouldn’t have recognized him either!

Are you surprised by Andy’s awesome fan encounter? Vote below!

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Reporting by Nicole Pomarico.

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