Thoughts on AMC’s Interview with Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes)

This week AMC posted an interview with Chandler Riggs who plays Carl on The Walking Dead. It was my first time reading an interview with the young actor, so I was impressed by how well-spoken he is. I felt bad for him while reading the interview because the person mostly just asked questions that remind him that he’s young and how much that sucks being on an adult show.

He gets asked about being the only kid on set, about witnessing his mom on the show die, and about not being allowed to go hold a real gun. Talk about an interview that throws salt in the wounds. Plus he’s forced to bring up that he can’t go to the cast’s death dinners that they do when a character on the show dies. That must be a major bummer getting left out of a fun group activity like that. At least he has big kids like Norman Reedus and Steve Yeun to clown around with on set.

I like the interview with Chandler Riggs best when the person switches to asking him questions like how the show has impacted his acting abilities and about what he does in his spare time. That’s cool to see a young actor with insight on his craft and nice to learn a little more about him off set.

I think Carl has matured a lot this season and really grown into a responsible, level-headed character. Do you like Carl better in Season 3? If not, what still bothers you about him?

Thoughts on AMC’s interview with Steve Yeun (Glenn)

Warning: This Walking Dead Season 3 post contains spoilers. Please wait until after watching, before reading further.

Just checked out AMC’s interview with Steve Yeun who plays Glenn on The Walking Dead. In it he discusses being taken hostage, acting opposite Michael Rooker (Merle Dixon), and taking on more of a leadership role this season.

Yeun reminded me that Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 6 (Hounded) wasn’t his character’s first time being held hostage. I forgot that he was taken way back in Season 1, by the guys who turned out to be decent people protecting the elderly. I was glad to hear that escaping from the chair and killing the zombie in the room was a fun experience for him to perform, though he’s right: he’s lucky that his legs weren’t tied down. A smarter captor probably would have done that. Still it was a badass kill and seemed like it would have been a blast to shoot.

It was very cool to read that the actors are given creative freedom to improvise and choreograph new ways to kill walkers. I would probably love that part of the job. Although he makes a decent, somewhat depressing observation about love in the zombie apocalypse. The attachment could be your downfall if you put others ahead of yourself, yet how could you not do that if you love someone?

Based on what Yeun has to say about Michael Rooker, it seems like the actor completely throws himself into the role of Merle. He may be going method with the character, or he’s just insanely well cast, because he is very convincing as a psychopath like Merle.

Lastly, in the interview with Steve Yeun, I thought his final comments about taking on more of a leadership role both on and off the set to be fascinating. With all of the dead bodies this season, Glenn must step up and take charge just like he learns to do in the comics. And with other core actors gone, Yeun is also given more room to experiment and to do work with his character. He’s also in charge of death dinners now if you recall the interview with Sarah Wayne Callies from earlier in the season. A lot of responsibility is on his shoulders right now. However I’m sure Yeun/Glenn will soldier on like he always does.

Thoughts on AMC’s Interview with Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes)

Warning: This Walking Dead Season 3 post contains spoilers. Please wait until after watching, before reading further.

Earlier in the week, AMC posted this interview with Sarah Wayne Callies, who played the recently departed Lori Grimes on The Walking Dead.  They asked some obvious questions about her character’s recent demise, as well as ones about dealing with her departure on a personal level, but there were a couple of amusing anecdotes in there.

It was pretty funny to learn that the cast of the show hosts big dinners to send off the people whose characters die. Although I wasn’t surprised that Steve Yeun mirrors his character Glenn a bit in real life, with nervous uncertainty when it came to planning Lori’s death dinner.

What was even more hilarious though was hearing that Andrew Lincoln is bad at driving. I think the topic would be perfect for a viral video starring Lincoln, where he jokes around about having a rough time escaping zombies in a car.

Do you think Lincoln would be game?

Walking Dead Takes Over ‘The Soup’

The Walking Dead Facebook page, posted this silly video today of Norman Reedus and Steve Yeun killing zombies on ‘The Soup.’ I love that people from the cast are such good sports about lampooning the show and joking around. I think that really proves that they know their target audience: nerdy horror fans who appreciate self-parody.

There are some pretty obvious stabs at celebrities in this, but it’s still amusing. Heck creator Robert Kirkman even turns up. It’s funny how awkward Steve Yeun is when he is hosting ‘The Soup,’ and mostly just disturbing to see Norman Reedus in a bikini top. There’s a moment when Joel McHale is taking a video with his phone, accidentally taping his face instead of the zombie-killing, which I really wanted someone to bring up. The disappointed look on his face would have been great once he realized he missed the zombie killing action.

Apparently I didn’t realize this was the second episode they’ve done, so I watched the first one (below), and honestly I think the it’s funnier. Hard to beat someone in a giant maxi pad costume with an AK-47.