And that’s one of them. Scott Ian of Anthrax — who said he’s wanted to be a zombie since the 1970s — has posted more photos on his official Web site from his recent taping of an episode for the upcoming second season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” — and that’s not even entirely true, we’ve learned.
After the jump, there’s another picture, too. Of course, you can see them all here. And by the way, let me apologize. I was rather hard on Scott in my last post about his zombifying turn, saying he needs to be home with his newborn child. I meant to be a dick…on purpose. A lot of people didn’t get that. So, to anyone who was peeved, there was no insult intended. Loosen up.
Scott even wrote on his site about the experience: “My agent got the call asking if I wanted to come down and get made up to play a zombie in a webisode for AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ directed by Greg Nicotero (effects GOD). I couldn’t say yes to this fast enough.”
Wait. It’s only on the web? It won’t be part of the show? That’s not the same thing, dude. That’s not the same as being on the show. That’s actually kind of like going to Sizzler and just getting the salad. Like going to Taco Bell, and not ordering a chalupa. Like going to McDonalds and just getting fries. Translation: There’s no point in doing any of those things. But I digress.
“Like I said in my tweet, I’ve been wanting to do this my whole life. Zombies have always been my favorite genre of horror and to participate in something as killer as ‘The Walking Dead’ would just be amazing. Truly my Make-A-Wish moment! I got to the set and headed straight for the makeup trailer. I was told I was getting the full-on zombie ‘hero’ makeup. That means I get the sick head/neck wounds done with silicone appliques. Garrett Immel was doing my makeup, he’s one of the top dudes doing this on the planet.”
Weird to read a guy talk about makeup with such elation, isn’t it?
“He explained how there are the main ‘hero’ zombies, then the second-tier background zombies which are more just makeup and blood and then there are the third-tier background zombies with just makeup and if it’s a night shoot, they wear masks that read well on camera. Makes sense, they couldn’t spend 90 minutes each on 500 people every time there was a zombie crowd scene.
“Garrett told me he had my picture for a week so he already knew what he wanted to do to me. I told him to not hold back, make it as brutal as he wants.
“The whole process was pretty painless, even sitting for 90 minutes was cool because they were putting zombie makeup on me. I would’ve sat for five hours, I was so stoked.
“The only weird part was putting in the contacts. I’ve never had contacts in ever, I can barely put drops in my eyes. The lens specialist put me right at ease and directed me each step of the way, ‘look up, look left, blink’ etc and they were in and it was like looking through the eyes of the dead. Well, it was kind of cloudy anyway.”
Ooh, I’d bug out if I had to do that. I hate eyes. I hate thinking about eye pain. I hate the thought of getting poked in the eye. I have nightmares about losing my eyes. That shit freaks me out.
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