The Walking Dead finally introduced Negan in the season six finale of the series. Jeffrey Dean Morgan was cast in the role for the AMC drama, but he was not the first person that was considered for the role.
According to Digital Spy, Henry Rollins auditioned for the role, which was actually based on him. However, he did not land the role. He revealed the details behind the audition and eventual casting of Jeffrey Dean Morgan:
“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. 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.”
He only now revealed his involvement because the character has been introduced. Before he was under a non-disclosure agreement.
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