The Walking Dead Q&A – Andrew J. West (Gareth)

the-walking-dead-episode-501-gareth-west-325Andrew J. West, who plays Gareth on AMC’s The Walking Dead, talks about his first day on set and his character’s true nature.

Q: What did you know about Gareth before joining the cast of The Walking Dead? What surprised you the most?

A: I didn’t even know Gareth’s name when I first got cast. I got the opportunity to play a character that we are going to see evolve, starting with the Season 4 finale and over the course of Season 5. I was surprised at how multifaceted the character is and, as a fan of the show and audience member, how many mixed emotions I had in regards to the decisions he makes, what he does, his viewpoints and his philosophy on survival. All of that is extremely surprising.

Q: You actually didn’t know you were reading for the part of Gareth during your audition. Who did you think you’d be playing?

A: It was very mysterious… When you audition for the show, you audition with material that was written just for the audition, not material from the actual show, to prevent spoilers. So, when I flew to Atlanta, I knew absolutely nothing about this character. I just knew that I wanted to be a part of the show, so I was willing to just jump in, in whatever capacity was needed. The audition material was so outside of anything that involves this world that it would be very hard to guess. I could tell that they were looking for a character who has many different sides and who’s smart enough to be able to create a subterfuge where other people may not know what to make of him at first. I think that has gone a long way in contributing to Gareth’s ability to survive for as long as he has.

Q: What was your first day on set like?
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Talking Dead Airs This Sunday 10/9c With Guests Mary Lynn Rajskub, Slash and a Surprise The Walking Dead Cast Member

TD-413-Hardwick-325This Sunday at 10/9c, AMC’s live The Walking Dead after show Talking Dead airs at 10/9c — immediately after The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3, “Four Walls and a Roof.” Joining host Chris Hardwick this week will be Mary Lynn Rajskub, Slash of Guns N’ Roses and a surprise The Walking Dead cast member. They’ll be taking questions live during the broadcast, so log on to TalkingDead.com now to submit your queries. Then, during the episode, go to talkingdead.com/playdead on your phone, tablet or computer to answer real-time questions posed during the show. The results will be broadcast and discussed by Chris and his guests!

Come back to TalkingDead.com the next day to check out exclusive video and photos from the episode.

Talking Dead airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following The Walking Dead at 9/8c on AMC.

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Video – On Set With Hell on Wheels’ Colm Meaney (Thomas Durant)

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After four seasons of playing Thomas Durant, what is Colm Meaney‘s take on his character? In this video from the Hell on Wheels Season 4 set, Meaney sits down to discuss what it’s like to portray a historical character, how Durant is similar to Richard Branson, and ways in which Durant is different from the actor: “I’ve never had the ego this guy had. He was driven.” Check out the video now, and don’t forget to mark your calendar for the return of Hell on Wheels Season 4 on November 8.

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Hell on Wheels returns Saturday, November 8 at 9/8c on AMC.

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Video – Talking Dead Episode 502 Bonus Scene and Highlights Featuring Chad L. Coleman

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Want more Talking Dead? Watch these exclusive video highlights and a bonus scene from the latest episode, featuring Chris Hardwick and his guests, Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese) and Breaking Bad‘s Matt Jones.

Talking Dead: Highlights: Episode 502: Rick vs. Abraham
Chad L. Coleman, Matt Jones and Chris Hardwick discuss the tension between Rick and Abraham.
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Talking Dead: Bonus Scene: Episode 502
Chad L. Coleman discusses the showdown between Tyreese and Martin; Matt Jones shares his number one rule for scavenging during the apocalypse; while Chris Hardwick takes fan questions about Morgan‘s return and the loss of Michonne‘s katana.
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Click here to see photos from this week’s episode of Talking Dead.

An all-new episode of Talking Dead airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following The Walking Dead on AMC.

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Comic Book Men Q&A – Michael Zapcic

comic-book-men-season-4-michael-zapcic-cast-gallery-325Michael Zapcic, star of AMC’s Comic Book Men, talks about what being a comic book man really means and the most interesting thing he’s learned about Ming.

Q: Ming chose you for who he’d want on his team during a zombie apocalypse. What kind of skills would you bring to the table?

A: I’ve got an arsenal in my house. It’s kind of funny. My children are into martial arts, so they’re dealing with nunchucks and swords. We’ve bought them actual swords. In my wife’s car, she’s got a complete set of emergency flares, road signs and everything she needs. I also put in a machete, just in case.

Q: Hey, you never know when you’ll need a machete, right?

A: Exactly! The one thing that’s most important is I have a plan. I’m the kind of guy who likes to think about stuff before it happens. I’d rather have a plan and not need it than need a plan and not have it. We were caught in Hurricane Sandy and we weren’t prepared for everything. Now I’ve got an emergency preparation plan that can pretty much be used for almost any situation. It’s not necessarily a zombie apocalypse plan, but it can be used for that. It’s fun to think about it.

Q: If you had to pick any superhero to back you during an apocalypse, who would it be and why?
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Celebrate Halloween With Killer Costumes From The Walking Dead Official Store

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This Halloween, it’s haunt or be haunted, and ShopTheWalkingDead.com has everything you need to go out and stalk the living. To honor the most frightening month of the year and celebrate the return of Season 5, the official The Walking Dead store is stocked with gory gear, party paraphernalia and character costumes. Items include Walker wear, a Rick Grimes costume bundle, Walker costume makeup and Zombie masks. To prepare you for your Halloween bash, you can also pick up pint glasses, decorations, video games and even a dartboard.

Click here to visit The Walking Dead Official Store.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.

The Walking Dead Q&A – Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes)

TWD-S5-501-Andrew-Rick-325Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes on AMC’s The Walking Dead, shares his thoughts on Terminus and his experience filming the neck bite scene from the Season 4 Finale.

Q: Season 5 opens up with Rick gagged and bound. Having gone through a day (or more) of shooting like that, what tricks did you come up with to stay sane?

A: To stay sane? Rick’s not sane. We’re in a very dark, dangerous place. When we shot that opening sequence with the throat slit, it was so realistic and horrific.

Q: You’ve referred to the premiere as the most action-intense episode yet. Did you undergo any additional training to prepare for it?

A: We just turned up for work and within a couple of days of filming it, we felt like we hadn’t stopped filming since last season. The first time we had the table read, everybody was absolutely thrilled and terrified. We hit the ground running and it was fun. It’s an amazing, violent Escape from New York, but with zombies. This was not an episode where anybody had time to ease in. We just went for it. I think, as a result, it’s incredible. It’s got everything in it.

Q: You’ve mentioned before hating Woodbury, but loving the prison. How do you feel about Terminus?
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Hell on Wheels Q&A – Jennifer Ferrin (Louise Ellison)

HOW-Cast-S4-Louise-325Jennifer Ferrin, who plays Louise Ellison on AMC’s Hell on Wheels, talks about handling an authentic printing press and how her character has inspired her.

Q: You were a newcomer to Hell on Wheels last season. What has surprised you the most about being on the show so far?

A: I’ve never worked on a Western. It’s a very specific genre. How well everything was written and the quality of production was a good surprise.

Q: You’re now in your second season of playing Louise Ellison. What kinds of things has your character taught you about women during the 19th century?

A: I actually really love playing women in period because there’s so many social constraints that are driving these characters. But underneath all that is the same kind of humanity and human nature that we all have, no matter the time period. Women in particular were expected to behave and act a certain way and keep everything buttoned up. To play a woman who doesn’t really exist within any of those confines was great. Her job as a reporter is very much in a man’s world, as well as her liberal mind in her personal life. Knowing that she worked in this real, hard-nosed profession isn’t too far off from the way women have to compete now.

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Talking Dead Airs This Sunday 10/9c With Guests Chad L. Coleman and Matt Jones

TWD-S5-Tyreese-325This Sunday at 10/9c, AMC’s live The Walking Dead after show Talking Dead airs at 10/9c — immediately after The Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 2, “Strangers.” Joining host Chris Hardwick this week will be Tyreese himself — actor Chad L. Coleman — and Breaking Bad‘s Matt Jones (Badger). They’ll be taking questions live during the broadcast, so log on to TalkingDead.com now to submit your queries. Then, during the episode, go to talkingdead.com/playdead on your phone, tablet or computer to answer real-time questions posed during the show. The results will be broadcast and discussed on the show in real time!

Come back to TalkingDead.com the next day to check out exclusive video and photos from the episode.

Talking Dead airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following The Walking Dead premiere at 9/8c on AMC.

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Video – Talking Dead Episode 501 Bonus Scene and Highlights Featuring Conan O’Brien

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Want more Talking Dead? Watch these exclusive video highlights and a bonus segment from the latest episode, featuring Chris Hardwick and guests Greg Nicotero, Scott M. Gimple and Conan O’Brien.

Talking Dead: Highlights: Episode 501: Conan’s Survivability
After a live fan vote at amc.com/playdead, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero and Chris Hardwick discuss whether Conan could survive the apocalypse.
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Talking Dead: Bonus Scene: Episode 501
Greg Nicotero shares the process behind creating the explosion featured during The Walking Dead Season 5 premiere; Conan O’Brien chooses one character he’d hook up with during the apocalypse; while Scott Gimple shares his thoughts on Gareth’s morale.
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Click here to see photos from this week’s episode of Talking Dead.

An all-new episode of Talking Dead airs this Sunday at 10/9c immediately following The Walking Dead on AMC.

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