Casey S. Wagner is an actor and writer, known for Bullseye B**ches! (2015),
Diary of a Hitman: Chapter 2 (2015) and Diary of a Hitman: Chapter 1 (2015)
and also known as one of the Saviors in
the AMC Series The Walking Dead
Thank you Casey for your spontaneous commitment for the Fans of
Thanks for having me.
How did you get your role in The Walking Dead as a
member of the Saviors?
It's kinda funny because the casting company actually contacted me,
normally it's the other way around but I'd worked with them before
so I guess they remembered me, anyway they asked if I'd be a mean biker
type. Had nothing else going on so I said sure. And wouldn't ya know it,
it was for the walking dead.
Casey, did you watch the show or read the graphic novel, prior to
your casting to The Walking Dead?
I'd caught a few episodes of season one but pretty much fell out in season two,
because I thought they were never gonna leave that dang farm. And honestly
it really wasn't hooking me, I'm more of a vampires, werewolves, serial killers,
and eldritch abominations guy. And since I was aware of the comic only because of
the show, I was going in pretty blind.
I remember getting to set for the season 6 finale and many of my fellow background
were going on about how "they were finally doing Negan" and I was like "Who's that?"
And then that trailer door opened and I found myself saying "Is that Jeffrey Dean Morgan?...
Is that Jeffrey Dean Morgan with a barbwire bat? Okay, I'm on board." So it was Negan who
finally made me a fan.
Working with Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) or one of the Maincast Members will be a dream for every
TWD Fan, what can you say about working with some of this guys?
Class acts all around, just watching them work was like a year's worth of acting classes
crammed into a single day. And they're all pretty warped in the best ways.
Norman would hang out by the set and greet us all individually as we walked in.
Jeffrey very much was our charismatic leader, etc
So it was a pleasure going to a set where the main players can show you how it's
done and have fun with it at the same time
How much has the series The Walking Dead influenced your life? Can you
go outside unrecognized ?
Well it has raised my profile a bit, but I wouldn't say it's been some epic game changer.
Still perfectly able to walk around without being mobbed... though it may be related to the fact that unlike some individuals I've crossed paths with in the industry, I don't
feel the borderline desperate need to run up to folks and be like "Hey! Guess who I am!?" I'm a believer in letting your accomplishments speak for themselves but to each their own.
What was the best thing or the funniest moment about working on The
Walking Dead?Is there something special you can share with us?
There have been plenty of fun times, be it a front row seat to Abraham's head being turned into mashed cherry cobbler, how i didn't get a weapon the first night so i found a stick and
fashiond it into a club to not be the odd man out... and then the prop deparment elevated my
inner 'doom guy' by giving me a chainsaw (Hence the character name my fellow background gave me, Chainsaw Larry) and one incident i was a part of involving an uncooperative loading door that i
hope ends up in the season 8 blooper reel, those all rank pretty high. But if I had to narrow it down, it would be three moments.
The 1st was when the Saviors raided Alexandria, i was the guy loading the gun truck. Between takes,
Jeffrey was pacing around in near 90 degree weather and saying. "No matter where I stand, I'm hot!" So I just said "Welcome to Georgia." To which he replied "Yeah, welcome to Georgia... have a free
leather jacket." If you remember the episode, I closed the loading door to cut to commercial. Didn't get much instruction on it so I gave it a little flair by grabbing the door and hopping out, glaring
at Andrew Lincoln the whole way down. Pretty much everyone on the crew was saying it looked badass,
Andrew actually turned to Jeff and said "Your guy is good" to which Jeff gave me a look as if to say "I know, that's why he's mine" problem is, they had two camera angles, one inside the truck looking
out and one outside looking in... and they used the one that didn't show any of that. Nature of the business, go figure.
The 2nd was a little exchange with Norman Reedus. Starting with the season 6 finale, an odd thing happened where if either of us worked the same day I would always find myself placed directly behind
him like I was his unofficial shadow, this includes the time me and a few others put the boots to him,
that was a fun day. Anyway I think he had picked up on it because one day at work, which ended up being the last time i saw him, we first filmed a scene where we kneel before Negan, and Jeffrey gave me a two
finger wave (he remembered me, hehe) then I was standing behind Norman and he just randomly turned around,
gave me a "here we are again" nod, and patted me on the chest. So that was a cool day.The third was when many of the saviors were captured and hogtied into a human centipede. I was at the
front of the line that seized a chance to escape into the woods and Greg Nicotero was practically
insisting we perform it like a Benny Hill sketch. It was all kinds of fun but I haven't seen the episode, so you'll have to tell me how it turned out.
Casey you are not only and actor you also an Filmmaker at Bullseye Productions . What can you tell us about?
One of my favorite things to do is dig up behind-the-scenes stories of productions, not just funny ones,
but the struggles a director had to go through, the techniques they use, they're philosophy with putting
together a shot. I highly recommend Robert Rodriguez and his 10 minute film school.
So anyway filmmaking has always been a passion of mine, i studied the greats, learned what not to do from
the not so greats, and I figure if you got a story to tell, who better to tell it than you?
And now I have about 5 films under my belt and I'm currently writing three more while contemplating taking
the backstory I wrote for my character on the walking dead and reworking it into an unrelated novel, because
why not? (I'd like it to be an official tie-in but I don't have those connections, sorry folks)
Are you currently working on anything interesting Movie or Series
outside "The Walking Dead" that you can reveal? On IMDb i see some
Currently I'm taking a bit of a break before the film season kicks in. But I've
had spots in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Office Christmas Party (the uncredited 3-D
printer guy... that was all me), and many others. Lord knows I would kill for a spot on Blue Bloods.
A lot of those post productions are Indie films that haven't been released yet, just the nature of the industry, so I'm waiting for information on them myself.
Is there anything else you would like to let The Walking Dead Fans and
your fans know?
Thank you for your support. it's because of you folks that the show and the
entertainment industry in general continues to thrive, we wouldn't have made it here without you.
Follow your dreams but be professional about it, treat everyone with respect, and most importantly,
enjoy the ride.
Thank you very much for your time and all the best for the future and
maybe see you someday in Germany.
Again, thank you for having me. You know what they say, Never say never.