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Esta vez entrevistamos a Frank Dillane que da vida al papel de Nick y al creador y productor ejecutivo Dave Erickson. No olvidéis que «Fear the walking dead» se estrena al 24 de agosto en AMC a las 22:10.
Fear the walking dead
Photo by RHS Photo. Courtesy of AMC Global.

Question: There will come a question that will come to everybody’s mind, is that “The Walking Dead” is a super popular show and so as a journalist you have to wonder, do they want to make more because it’s popular?
Dave Erickson: Yes. We get it.
Question: Obviously, you’re not going to tell me that’s exactly the reason why, so what’s the real reason artistically speaking?
Dave Erickson: It’s artistically… it’s a very good question and I’ll say to the credit of Robert [Kirkman] and AMC, they really took this slowly. Because they wanted to avoid exactly the question that you’re asking, which is obviously the show has done incredibly well and if something does well that they want more. For us, it became a process of trying to carve into what hasn’t been explored as fully on the original show and Robert had a lot of ideas along those lines we did talk about and then for me it was, I’ve danced around going and working on “The Walking Dead” a number of times and I just… I was on “Sons of Anarchy” and it just never worked out. But I worked with Robert a long time ago. We wrote a pilot based on a treatment he had done and I use to enjoy working with him and I knew – I just like his story sense and his narrative sense. For me personally, I incorporated some things from my own life which I sort of said to him in the first couple of meetings define what you do and I needed to find a way to personalize it.
For us it became… it starts as a family drama first and it’s about this blended family, Frank’s character being one of the kids in that family, and it really became more about telling a story about family in a family drama with all of their dysfunction and problems and conflicts. Then there happen to be zombies that come in afterwards and I think that for me by personalizing this most as I could for Robert as well, it gave us sort of a launching pad where it became… we don’t go into the world. Obviously we have our genre tropes and we have walkers but it really started in a much slower pace and in terms of the tone of a show in such, in Season 1 it’s much more about the shark you don’t see. It’s about the apprehension of what’s to come, it’s about the learning process that all of our characters are going through because it’s – the brilliant thing I mean the narrative turn in the comic and in the original show is the coma, is the fact that you can go from zero to apocalypse within the first act of the show.
We’re extending that to a pretty large degree. So for me I mean it’s aesthetically, it’s very different totally, it’s very much more about exploring the characters first and then slowly bringing in the idea of the apocalypse and having that sort of overwhelm what’s going on. What’s important for us is that everything we establish in the pilot, every problem whether it’s Frank’s character, this highly dysfunctional, messed up blended family trying to establish themselves and hold on and the great irony is that the reason this family comes together ultimately is because of the apocalypse. All of those… that’s what the show is kind of like and so, when we finish hopefully, 17 seasons from now, if you look back at the pilot, you’ll look the issues that everyone is facing we’ll have closed those out by the time the show is over and then there is the obvious.
Frank Dillane: No. It’s just, it’s that great Morrissey lyric: if it’s not love then it’s the bomb that will bring us together. It’s the same thing.
Dave Erickson: We’re trying to get a Smiths song. We tried to get a Smiths song for the show.
Frank Dillane: Were you?
Dave Erickson: Yes we were. Does that the answer? I mean yeah, it was long-winded but did that kind of answer the question?
Fear the walking dead
Photo by RHS Photo. Courtesy of AMC Global.
Question: Well, yeah, perfectly.
Dave Erickson: Okay.
Question: How did you guys plan exactly on that specifically – what where the talks that landed towards being in that precise spot, which is the coma? We’ve never learned, not in the TV show, not even the comics – why has that never been thoroughly explored in the “Walking Dead” franchise?
Dave Erickson: I mean the reason… here’s the thing, there are a number of things I think Robert [Kirkman] specifically… it’s always… you always want to revise, you’re never done. Every time he puts out an issue or every time he looks back and says, well, I could have done X I could have done Y, there are other things to explore. And I think one of the things that were important to him that he presented to me very early on was how quickly do you get to a place when you’re learning this new world, how quickly do you get to a place as a human being where you can do violence to someone you perceive to still be a human being?
We’re very early in the apocalypse so when we see one of our walkers, one of our infected, for all intents and purposes they seem human. I mean they have not taken on all the work that Greg Nicotero and his team do and that horrific quality and they look like monster and if something looks like monster is much, much easier to stab and shoot and put them down. That was one thing in terms of that window of I think Robert had said Rick was in a coma for approximately four to five weeks. We were living in that space but it gives us the opportunity to really track the first news report that suggests something is wrong and how was that interpreted.
It just not going to be all the zombies, it’s going to be LAPD had to put down a homeless man the other day and then that feeds into a larger question specific to our city which is the questions of violence in our city and the questions of police brutality and then it starts off in that framework and then it’s a slow… and that was just fascinating. What would that process… and in most times in the genre you really go from zero to okay, we’re not going to have zombies within the first reel.
Because you have to and just a part of it, we were able to extend to a certain degree and it still maintains the tension, the danger, the paranoia too but these are very… it was actually our director Adam Davidson and we were talking about movies when he first signed on to do the pilot and we… he said I should go back and look at “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” the Phillip Kaufman version in the 70’s and there’s such a feeling of anxiety and paranoia and some of our characters know what’s going on, most do not. We really wanted to live in that space and that’s for us, that’s what it would have been for the first few days, the first few weeks until people start to understand that these people were not… and in many respects I mean Frank [Dillane]’s character is one of… is kind of the prophet of the apocalypse. He’s the one that gets wise to it sooner. He’s the one that realizes what’s happening and then he kind of drags everyone along kicking and screaming as the season plays out.
Fear the walking dead
Photo by RHS Photo. Courtesy of AMC Global.
Question: As you mention, how big does the media play into the early part of the show, because you said there was power then there is not…
Dave Erickson: We actually have a line in the pilot where one of, Madison and Travis, Kim Dickens and Cliff Curtis’ characters are… they’re out, they’re looking for their son, they’re looking for well Madison’s son and Cliff’s stepson to be. They see some kind of action going on the freeway overpass, they never actually clocked what it is. I mean they know that there is a scene, they see police lights, they realize that something has happened, it could have been an accident. It’s only the next day when the footage from the news helicopter is released that we see… that they see the first view of an attack.
Again, that’s looked at not as okay, that person is undead. It’s looked at let’s say, that person must have been on something, he must have been traumatized by the accident, they must have been… but it starts that way. So yeah you would imagine… we don’t… we use it sparingly in the pilot but just enough to suggest that that’s happening. It’s probably happening in Colorado and in Florida as well and it exponentially gets worse.
Estreno: 24 de agosto, 22:10 en AMC

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