The Stuff I Like

David Morrissey

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David Morrissey joins the cast of The Walking Dead for series 3 (starts tonight). We asked him about his favourite things.

MUSIC
One of the things I’ve missed by being away filming is the Latitude music festival in Suffolk, which I go to every year. Alabama Shakes were playing this year, who I’m listening to at the moment. They’re bluegrass, but a bit more rocky – the lead singer [Brittany Howard] has a hell of a voice.
 
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BOOKS
I love to get lost in the written word. Right now I’m reading The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. It’s all about food production and it’s shocking. He also wrote Oil! which the film There Will Be Blood was taken from. I think he’s one of the best American writers. It’s a wonderful, wonderful novel.

THEATRE
When I was about 15, I worked as an usher in the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. I would watch every play 17 or 18 times because I loved it so much. Once I was bitten, it just felt like the most exciting place to be, and it’s proved that to me. I did Macbeth there early last year. I’d love to do more in the future, but it’s all about time and diaries and stuff like that.

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FILM
Here in Atlanta [filming The Walking Dead], there’s a great video shop called Videodrome and they’ve got some great old movies, so I’ve been rediscovering crazy old films. I’ve just finished watching The Duellists, which is Ridley Scott’s first movie. Based on a Joseph Conrad short story, it’s a work of genius. Harvey Keitel and Keith Carradine. It’s just fantastic.

INTERNET
I’m on Twitter. I like Twitter, I think it’s quite fun, and my children tweet. But it’s been great for me in Atlanta. I arrived and I just said, “What should I do?” and I was sent a list.

TV
Of course, The Walking Dead is my favourite TV show, alongside Mad Men and Breaking Bad. I’m a box-set man. In television, characters can grow in a very surprising way, I love those multi-character story lines and television affords that. You get more time to root your character.
The Walking Dead: Series 3 starts on 19 October on FX