"The Walking Dead" is in its own dead zone until Season 6 resumes on February 14, 2016 (yep, Valentine's Day), but the most recent episode teased the eventual arrival of Negan. Negan is the next major villain, and not only is he an adversary for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), he is an f-bomb dropping charmer that "Walking Dead" comic book readers can't wait to see in the flesh.
In case there was some sliver of doubt in your mind that Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be a perfect Negan, he illustrated his fanboy knowledge and serious examination of the character during a talk at PasCon.
Here's how he got the news that he was cast as Negan:
"When my agent/manager called they said, 'You've been offered this thing on The Walking Dead' it's to play like a 'big bad.' At that time, they didn't know the character's name, because I think it was supposed to be a secret. And I'm like, 'Is it f-cking Negan?' And they're like, 'I don't know, we're going to have to call you back, hold on a second.' And I'm like, 'No, it's f-cking Negan. And I'm f-cking doing it.'"
F--k yeah, man! (Question: Will AMC let him say f--k as often as Negan does?)
This is a juicy character, but JDM doesn't want to play him as a typical villain. As the "Grey's Anatomy" alum and current "The Good Wife" star put it, "I've become accustomed to playing the good guy, maybe a rough exterior, but a heart of gold in there somewhere, so I think the challenge for me in this role is going to be, is there any heart in Negan? And for me I look at that as a challenge as an actor, and that's the kind of thing that I embrace and really look forward to. So, I am super excited about it. It's gonna be cool. I hope you all tune in to watch 'cause I promise you it'll be something different than you've seen me do."
We can't wait. Watch him in action, talking all about it ... while holding a Starbucks cup?
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