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How to survive the zombie apocalypse? Ask 'Walking Dead' star Andrew Lincoln

October 30, 2010 |  9:00 am

TWD_20100606_5561It’s not every day an English actor gets the chance to play a cowboy -- just ask Andrew Lincoln. The star of AMC’s new original series, “The Walking Dead,” says that when he was first offered the role of Rick Grimes, a small town sheriff who survives the zombie apocalypse and struggles to stay alive in a world decimated by the flesh-eating undead, the opportunity to saddle up and channel his inner Gary Cooper proved too tempting to resist.

"I went to work, and I put on cowboy boots, a Stetson, a bag of guns and got on a horse called Blade and rode into an apocalyptic Atlanta,” Lincoln said recently during a telephone interview. “That was my job for the day, and it was astonishing.”

Lincoln, who’s been working as a professional actor for the last 16 years and whose feature film credits include “Love Actually” and the upcoming Sony Pictures Classics’ release “Made in Dagenham,” said that the show's zombie carnage is just one aspect of a multifaceted narrative about a group of people attempting to overcome their baser natures in the middle of what he calls a “Kafkaesque nightmare.”

Read more of this interview with Lincoln at Hero Complex.

-- Gina McIntyre

Photo: Andrew Lincoln in "The Walking Dead." Credit: AMC

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