Published On: Tue, Nov 16th, 2010

Michael Rooker interview (Merle Dixon on “The Walking Dead”)


Michael Rooker is known for many roles throughout his career. Some of the notable ones are from the films “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer”, “Days of Thunder”, “Mallrats” and “Slither”. Michael is currently starring in AMC new TV series “The Walking Dead”. Movie Mikes had a chance to talk with Michael about his role in the show and also about his many memorable characters he has played.

Mike Gencarelli: Tell us about your role as Merle Dixon in “The Walking Dead?”
Michael Rooker: Merle is a survivor of the Zombie Apocalypse. And you can tell when you first meet him that
even before all the shit went down he was kind of an asshole. We don’t play a lot of it up in our portrayal but he’s
the kind of person where you’re not really sure if he should be in charge…if he would be a good leader or not, though
he certainly thinks he is.

MG: How do you feel about playing a new character which was not adapted from the comic book
MR: Like the character I’m new to the comics. I started reading them when I was cast and couldn’t put them down. And I couldn’t find my guy in there so I realized that obviously my guy is a new guy. And when I went to Comic Con the writer of the comics made it clear to the fans that, yes, there will be new characters. And believe me, all of the “Walking Dead” comic fans will be very surprised at all of our attempts to bring the story to life. We’re not g