MovieWeb recently caught up with Hawkes and he divulged on the decision which he took.
“They offered me the role, and I just felt there would be someone else who could do it better. I was flattered, and I took a look at the series. It held interest for me, but I just didn’t feel like I was the guy for it. I have to be careful of what TV shows I choose, particularly ones that have commercials in them, because it’s going to be a different kind of television show. There are going to be sponsors.
No matter how good the show is, if there are commercials, it’s going to be a different show, to me. That’s just my personal feeling. Yeah, it was nice of them to ask, and it’s a good show, but, again, I just didn’t feel I was the guy. They came to me and sent me the graphic novel and the first two seasons. I took a look at them, and just didn’t feel like it was for me.”
Its a shame, but it is what it is, I hope he doesn’t undermine his abilities as he his fantastic at what he does, and hopefully we will see him in some genre-fare in the future. Just without commercials, I guess?
David Morrissey, while also being a badass choice, is the guy that will portray the character in the series.