Andrew Lincoln On Becoming Rick Grimes In The Walking Dead!

The actor goes into detail about how he prepared for the role of Rick Grimes in the highly anticipated TV series as well as how he went about getting the characters Southern accent right...

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"It was a big surprise to me as well," Lincoln told MTV News about landing the role. "I'm from London, I grew up in the West Country...But I think there was something that Frank responded to when I put myself on tape."

"I went out early, because if someone's going to offer you a role like this — this incredible part with an incredible channel like AMC — you want to get the basics right," he said. "Obviously, a dialect is a hugely important part, but I wanted to do more than that. I wanted to get a sense of place, so I went out early to Atlanta."

"I've played a New York lawyer before, so I knew the East Coast, and I also knew the West Coast, but I'd never been to the South, the southern states. So I got out early, I got a sense of place, I spoke to people, and I worked with a very, very good dialect coach."

"Frank Darabont asked me to be in dialect for the whole shoot," he added. "I practiced and practiced, and initially it felt a bit strange. It felt like i was an inch behind my actual personality, because you're filtering all these sounds and strange noises, and eventually it became incredibly normal."

"And as everybody knows, I have a lot more scary things to deal with than an accent playing Rick Grimes."

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