Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson
Mike: Please introduce yourself?
W.F.: Hi everyone, I’m W.F. Bell, I am a life-long horror fan, love all things in the horror genre, especially zombies, Rob Zombie, George Romero zombies, Walking Dead zombies, you name it!
Mike: How would the readers of Blastzone Online know you:
W.F.: If any of the readers are Rob Zombie fans, I was also in 31, credited as “Goon #2”, and I’ve popped up in several other TV shows such as Macgyver, The Originals, and The Vampire Diaries, to name a few. I have a pretty distinct look, kinda hard to miss lol.
Mike: How did you get the job to play a Savior on The Walking Dead?
W.F.: Persistently applying for every casting call that was looking for big, bearded, mean looking dudes. It took me a long time to get cast, but I’m glad I was able to get in when I did and become part of a recurring group of Saviors.
Mike: When you got the job did you know it was for The Walking Dead?
W.F.: I did, the casting agency stated it in the email when they responded to me.
Mike: Had you read The Walking Dead comics or saw the show?
W.F.: One of my friends that’s a huge comic book fan knew how much I loved the horror genre and suggested that I check out The Walking Dead comic. So I read a couple of the issues a few years before the show aired. I really enjoyed it, but was just too busy at the time to be able to keep up. Once the show came out, I did watch it and became an immediate fan. I love how they present the story line, it’s brilliantly delivered in my opinion. I got Compendium 1 and 2 for Christmas a few years ago, and Compendium 3 for Christmas last year. I’m also trying to stay caught up with the comic now.
Mike: How was it doing the Glenn and Abraham scene on The Walking Dead?
W.F.: Cold…very damn cold, lol. It took a really long time to shoot that scene, between the season 6 finale and the season 7 premier. We spent a lot of time in that same spot. It was pretty amazing to get to see that plot unfold though, I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.
Mike: Take the readers through doing the scene?
W.F.: Well, as you can imagine, it was really heavy. The entire crew worked diligently to shoot the scene from angle imagineable. The practical effects were disturbingly realistic, especially up close. They did a great job of capturing how much anguish the heroes were going through (as twisted as that sounds). I was impressed at the commitment to intensity that the main cast employed to get to such a dark place emotionally. The hatchet scene with Rick and Carl was a difficult scene to witness first-hand, especially as a father of young sons.
Mike: What other scenes were you in for season7?
W.F.: I was on the first supply run to Alexandria and served as Daryl’s escort in episode 4. In episode 7, I was in the Sanctuary scene where Negan showed Carl around and the scene where Negan taught Mark a lesson. I was also very visable standing watch during the pool game between Spencer and Negan in the mid-season finale.
Mike: Give the readers a story from the set of The Walking Dead?
W.F.: When we came back to shoot the premier this past May, we were still out in the woods. Even though I slathered myself in bug spray, I still managed to get a tick on my abdomen. Once we removed the little bastard, wouldn’t you know, a bullseye rash developed at the location of the bite (Lyme Disease). So I spent the next 3 weeks all jacked up on hi-powered antibiotics.
Mike: Is it surreal to know you were part of Walking Dead history?
W.F.: Absolutely! It’s also surreal to step onto the set and see most of everyone’s favorite characters right there. The way I describe it, it’s almost like my TV wrapped around me, and there I am right in the mix. It is worth mentioning (and I didn’t even think about it in these terms, a co-worker of mine did), but I was the last person to “interact” with Abraham before…well, you know. I took his 9 mil and his knife from him before they were lined up. Pretty awesome!
Mike: What else do you have going on?
W.F.: Got a couple of indie projects in the works, and I’m attending an audition this weekend.
Mike: How can Walking Dead fans reach you?
Mike: What would you like to say in closing?
W.F.: I appreciate you taking the time to interview me, nice talking with you!