A couple of weeks ago, AMC posted an interview with Scott Wilson, the actor playing Hershel Greene on their zombie hit ‘The Walking Dead’. It seems as if the interviews are still coming. This time around, it’s an interview with T-Dog himself… IronE Singleton.
In the interview, Singleton discusses the differences in the two seasons of ‘Walking Dead’, whether he lets his own kids watch the show, and the truth behind T-Dog’s real name.
Here are a few highlights…
Q: How is Season 2 different from Season 1 for you?
A: The first thing that comes to mind is our camaraderie. First season, a lot of it took place in town, obviously, and the cast was a bit segregated between those in town and those at the camp. Everybody is there together this season and that right there has brought us a lot closer as a group.
Q: Have you inspired anyone in your family to act? What does your family think of T-Dog?
A: It seems like everybody in my family wants to act now! A lot of friends and family and associates have been coming to me. About T-Dog, they give me some criticism — some may be a little harsh, like “Yeah you look a little fat on screen!” [Laughs]. But I have a 14-year-old, an 11-year-old and an 8-year-old, and none of them are allowed to watch. We gave my 14-year-old the opportunity and she said no.
Q: This season we found out T-Dog is short for Theodore Douglas. Do you have any other nicknames besides IronE?
A: My wife calls me Rob, or Sing-y. I had a name when I was five or six, my mom called me “Ton.” I call my son that now. It reminds me of my days when I still had my innocence. I was four or five and I hadn’t really been exposed to a lot. After that a lot of my innocence was stripped away, but I’ll never forget that that was the most innocent stage in my life.
It’s kind of cool to see a guy who plays such a tough guy on ‘The Walking Dead’ being a real down-to-Earth kind of person. I know there are some haters out there who want T-Dog gone from the show, but I really hope the character sticks around long enough for Merle to come back. The personality dynamic between those two had a lot of potential for some great drama.
For the rest of the interview with Mr. Singleton, check out AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ blog.