Tom Payne has clarified comments he made that of there being ‘frustration’ with The Walking Dead showrunners after his character Paul Monroe, AKA Jesus was killed in November’s mid-season finale.
He insists that he ‘never talked shit about the show because I wouldn’t.’
Payne told Huffington Post: ‘I don’t have anything to say badly about the show.’
Jesus, the martial arts expert went out with a bang but there were rumours swirling around the actor that he felt his character hadn’t been focused on.
He had said he was ‘frustrated’ with what his character had been doing, and thought the showrunners missed opportunities by not exploring key events that happened to Jesus in the comic book.
‘I’ve been bummed for the last two years, that the character hasn’t gotten as much cook stuff [on the show] as he has in the comic books,’ he told the Hollywood Reporter in his exit interview.
Clarifying those comments, he said that he put frustrations on himself. ‘Frustrations that I think I helped put upon myself because I’m just very invested in everything I do. I didn’t get to utilise everything in the way I would have liked.’
The actor trained hard for three years to prepare his body to portray Jesus, who was an excellent fighter. Although he did have his fair share of fighting scenes, like the explosive clash with Morgan (Lennie James) and the Whisperers, Payne felt that he didn’t get a few important moments from the comics.
One was a fight against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
Speaking to the publication, he added: ‘It’s tough to just keep your fingers crossed for two years that you’re going to get some cool stuff, and then it doesn’t quite pan out, because that’s what keeps you going, really.’
Payne insisted that these frustrations are just part of his experience on the show, and he loved his entrance and his exit.
He said: ‘I want it to be shocking and exciting, and I ended up being the sacrifice,’ he said, talking about Jesus dying. ‘I was happy with that. It was badass.’
The Walking Dead continues on AMC Sundays and airs Mondays on Fox UK.
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by – metro.co.uk