Each week, Josh McDermitt has been writing for Entertainment Weekly discussing his thoughts on the latest episodes of The Walking Dead. McDermitt plays Eugene on the show, and is also known for his work as a stand-up comedian.
“Characters like Gregory (Xander Berkeley) tend to be my favorite characters in a story,” writes McDermitt. “They mix things up. They foil the plans of our heroes. King Joffrey in Game of Thrones was not that type of character. He was written in a way where you would hate his every move. But characters like Gregory or Shane (Jon Bernthal), are supposed to be with the good guys.”
McDermitt has an interesting perspective since he sees the show from words on the page to the final copy that airs on Sunday night. He sees the point between the comic and the series.
Gregory’s Ego Before the Outbreak
“Gregory is such an amazing character to watch,” writes McDermitt. “His ego obviously gets in his way, but it’s not a Negan-type ego. I get the sense that Gregory is only trying to maintain his leadership because he’s a coward, which Maggie, (Lauren Cohan), points out is very dangerous, and he’s afraid of what might happen to him if he weren’t in charge.”
McDermitt went on to discuss a conversation he had with Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays Sasha on the show. They feel that Gregory was probably middle management before the outbreak — the type of guy who fails upward. As an actor, Berkeley performs each scene somewhat differently, according to McDermitt.
Xander Berkely’s Acting Chops as Gregory
“He was doing the scenes with Maggie (Lauren Cohan), while his character was recovering from a stab wound. I felt like in between takes, they would send in someone from the crew with towels to mop up all the slime that was oozing and dripping from Gregory’s smarminess. It was an amazing thing to watch — every take was different. Every inflection, each note, was bizarrely unique and apart from the last. TWD is lucky to have him.”
McDermitt’s views of Gregory are very interesting. He’s certainly not as hateable as say Joffrey, on Game of Thrones, but he’s certainly evil in his own way. It was great to see Jesus pull one over on Gregory in “Go Getters.” It’s nice to see such a light moment, within sense a tense scene. Perhaps that’s why McDermitt can appreciate Berkeley’s style so much.
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