Two of the most talked about leaders in recent months have been The Walking Dead's Negan and the (as of today) President of the United States Donald Trump. Both have masterful ways of making headlines.
With both of those men being topics on conversations, it's no surprise that some cast members of The Walking Dead are asked to talk about them. When Morgan Jones actor Lennie James was asked by NME whether he thinks The Walking Dead is a metaphor for Trump's America, the actor had a playful response and acknowledged a comparison between Negan and Trump.
"We were here before Trump," James said. "He’s what happens if you watch too much Walking Dead! You start thinking, 'Well that guy looks like he could be President!' Although all good shows, art or drama talks to and from the world in which it exists, so there is something of [Trump] in The Walking Dead, but I don’t think it’s deliberate. Negan was there long before Trump, and hopefully will be there long after."
In fact, Negan was created long before the possibility of Donald Trump becoming President of the United States was common knowledge. Robert Kirkman introduced the character in The Walking Dead's issue #100 which printed in 2012.
"Will Trump turn his tweets on us? Maybe he will, maybe he won’t – I don’t know," James said. "Trump is at one extreme of something that is happening not just in the US, but also in Europe. My own country voted Brexit, and you just go, 'Really?' And the divide between the Remainers and the Leavers are not that dissimilar to the divide between the Pro-Trumps and the Anti-Trumps – both of them are in a position where they literally cannot understand the standpoint of the other side. Both sides are so divided, and it’s happening across Europe in different shades and scales as it is in the US. I just think it’s more dazzling in the US because Trump is such an odd choice!"
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