TV Junkie: 'The Walking Dead' - Interview with Jon Bernthal
One of the most stupid headlines we've seen over the last few months is "Are Zombies The New Vampires?" The answer is: no, they're not. Nobody wants to fuck a zombie, something that perpetually bedevils Randall Skeffington from Comedy Central's "Ugly Americans". There's no reasoning with zombies, therefore no foreplay, etc.
This week we've been enjoying IFC's "Dead Set" which brings an even gorier take on the campy zombie genre to TV by combining it with reality television as zombies invade the "Big Brother UK" studio to horrifying effect. AMC's "The Walking Dead" is another matter entirely. Adopted from a popular comic book, the series is a much more serious character study than you would ever expect but think about it, it's on the AMC network, home to the critics' darlings, the multiple Emmy-winning "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad". There's plenty of action, however, because we're dealing with zombies attacking the human survivors of some unknown apocalypse, and this is in stark contrast to the cerebral machinations of AMC's "Rubicon" which took almost 2 months for anything to "happen".
There are adrenaline fueled scenes in "The Walking Dead", no doubt, but it's the down time in between the action that were of most interest to series star Jon Bernthal who plays Shane, a deputy in an unnamed town north of Atlanta, when he read the script for the show. You may remember Bernthal from his stints on the TV shows "The Class" and "Eastwick", but it was his performance as Sgt. Manuel Rodriguez on HBO's other World War II saga, "The Pacific", that jumped to mind when we saw him in the promos for "The Walking Dead". American audiences might not be familiar with Brit lead Andrew Lincoln but there are plenty of familiar faces in this cast which includes Michael Rooker, Laurie Holden, and Jeffrey DeMunn.