Why did John Hawkes turn down Walking Dead's Governor? Commercials!

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Dec 17, 2012

By now, most Walking Dead fans know that David Morrissey (Centurion, Nowhere Boy) has been cast as the iconic baddie the Governor, being the No. 2 choice after John Hawkes (American Gangster, Identity) turned down the role. But why did Hawkes decline to play one of the biggest characters on cable's biggest series?

In an interview with Movie Web, Hawkes opened up about his thought process and why he didn't think a stint on the zombie series was the right move for him, career-wise.

"They offered me the role, and I just felt there would be someone else who could do it better. I was flattered, and I took a look at the series. It held interest for me, but I just didn't feel like I was the guy for it," he said. "I have to be careful of what TV shows I choose, particularly ones that have commercials in them, because it's going to be a different kind of television show. There are going to be sponsors. No matter how good the show is, if there are commercials, it's going to be a different show, to me. That's just my personal feeling. Yeah, it was nice of them to ask, and it's a good show, but, again, I just didn't feel I was the guy. They came to me and sent me the graphic novel and the first two seasons. I took a look at them, and just didn't feel like it was for me."

So, there you have it, Hawkes just wasn't digging hard enough on what Robert Kirkman was selling. What do you think? Are you glad Morrissey got the role, or would you have preferred Hawkes take a shot at it?

(Via Movie Web)

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