The Walking Dead season 8: The Governor star reveals REAL reason he took role | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

The Walking Dead season 8: The Governor star reveals REAL reason he took role | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV


Fans of The Walking Dead have had to watch as the evil Negan (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) has tried to destroy the Alexandrians with the Saviors’ despicable plots this season.

At breaking point, leader Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) was barely able to cope under his bat-wielding nemesis’s control and headed into All Out War against him to end things once and for all.

Yet long-time viewers couldn’t forget that the AMC show’s first major antagonist was The Governor (David).

Always sporting his iconic eye patch, the troubled Woodbury leader made the heroes’ lives very difficult on the show as he always had a secret agenda.

The Governor, also known as Philip Blake, even entered into a relationship with original survivor Andrea (Laurie Holden) on the show.

However both characters faced tragic endings and Andrea in particular ended up shooting herself in the head to prevent coming back to life as a zombie.

Now Britannia actor David has revealed exactly why he chooses his roles, especially when it comes to the leading man.

Ahead of his new BBC Two series The City & The City, which is based on China Mieville’s novel of the same name, the star explained all.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, he laughed: “You look for roles that are, well there is something about the fact I’m six foot three and stuff like that.

“So you do tend to get guys who come in and kick a**e a bit.”

David plays a weary police officer called Tyador Borlu in a dystopian world where two cities co-exist while harbouring utter hatred for the other in the sci-fi show.

In terms of why he took on a part so different to his previous roles, David revealed that he enjoyed getting a script that didn’t typecast him for a change.

“I mean this is different there’s a real different vulnerability about him that I really like,” David said. “He’s slightly spinning from the off really.

“Sometimes I get characters that are just straight down the line but you can see Borlu’s torment very quickly and it’s reflected in the world around him.

“As well as his interior story too – so I like that and I like what is going on [in the world].”

The actor went on to say that while he doesn’t think TV is in its golden age, it’s come a long way from being “the poor relation of film”.

David continued: “There’s a massive playing field, it’s really opening up now and I think with long form sometimes you get hooked in. But it’s whether you’ve got the legs to carry on.

“TV now is a good place for writers and has become an excellent place for them to come and express themselves.

“It’s not seen like the poor relation to film anymore but there’s a lot of places for people to go so the market is quite ‘choca’,” he added.

The Walking Dead continues tonight at 9pm on FOX and The City & The City airs Fridays at 9pm on BBC Two.



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