Henry Rollins is an amazing guy. He’s conquered the music world and now he’s working at conquering the big and small screens alike. Just to further prove that last statement we have a declaration from Rollins himself that just might blow a few minds: Henry Rollins auditioned for the part of Negan in AMC’s The Walking Dead!
I have immense respect for Jeffrey Dean Morgan, but Henry Rollins would have been an absolutely stellar and terrifying pick. Rollins intimidates the hell out of us when he’s smiling… just imagine him tackling the role of Negan, a monstrous man with murder on dominance on his mind.
Damn you, AMC. Damn you to the badlands! Rollins would have been a pitch perfect choice, I mean come on – the character is literally based on Henry Rollins! This was Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s Henry Rollins on page… yet it wasn’t to be when it came to the small screen.
Rollins recently spoke with Forbes and discussed the experience.
“Since I didn’t get the part, I can tell you this. I was up for the role of Negan because Charlie Adlard, who worked on the comic book, based that guy on me and so I was a shoo-in for an audition,” said Rollins. “The internet was wild with speculation because in the upcoming season they were going to introduce the character. A woman that works in my office put my name and the character’s name into an internet search, and all this speculation came up. I went for the audition, and there were five pages of really cool dialogue with all these curses and it was beautiful, but I didn’t get it.”
“I later saw a photograph of the guy who did get it, and he looks almost exactly like the comic book rendering,” Rollins added. “The woman at my office watched the episode where he turns up. The dialogue that I auditioned with was in the show, and she said, ‘It should have been you.’ Obviously it wasn’t or this conversation would be very different but that happened. I had to sign one of those documents where you can’t talk about it, but now it’s over and done with… so yeah, I was up for that part.”
I’m sorry, but that was a missed opportunity by AMC. I literally can’t think of a better performer (Rollins has really proved his acting chops as of late and if you don’t believe that tune into He Never Died, a superb pic fronted by Rollins) to tackle that role.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is going to do a great job, but Henry Rollins might have given us a ground breaking rendition of the feared character.