In late January we learned that AMC had offered John Hawkes the role of The Governor on The Walking Dead.

Then David Morrissey was cast – so what happened?

For the first time, Hawkes is explaining why he said no to the role. From MovieWeb:

“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. 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.”

The Governor will have an important role in season three of the show which premieres later this year. Do you wish Hawkes accepted the part? He seems hung up on the fact that he doesn’t like doing shows with commercials.

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