Henry Rollins Opens Up About Not Getting The Role Negan On ‘The Walking Dead’

Season seven of AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ introduced the biggest villain since the Governor in the final minutes of the season finale. Negan will change the dynamic of the show for the next two to three seasons as ‘All Out War’ looms over on the horizon. Since the introduction of Negan in issue 100 of the comic book, the Internet buzzed with speculation on who will or should be cast in this dynamic role. The part eventually when to Jeffery Dean Morgan.

Musician and actor Henry Rollins auditioned for the role, Rollins finally opened up about the audition to Simon Thompson of Forbes.

“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. The internet was wild with speculation because in the upcoming season they were going to introduce the character,” said Rollins.

“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. 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 get great auditions, I auditioned for stuff like Narcos too, but rarely does anything come my way,” said Rollins to Forbes.

What do you think Walking Dead fans, who would make a better Negan? Rollins or Morgan


Rollins next film, ‘The Last Heist,’ hits theaters and VOD Friday.

Matthew Sardo
Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.