Fear the Walking Dead Frank Dillane talks zombies and Bond

Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC
Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

Fear the Walking Dead returns on Sunday & Monday on AMC (Sunday night for the US and simultaneously at 2am on Monday for UK viewers exclusive to BT) and I was lucky enough to fly to LA last week for the global press junket! OK, I was there for work, but I did manage to spend some time with the British star of the show, Frank Dillane.

Frank is a very funny, very intelligent young man. We took him a bag of British treats as we thought he might be missing the UK and he loved his PG Tips, Quality Street, Marmite…plus the many other things I crammed in our suitcase.

Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC
Richard Foreman, Jr/AMC

When talking about the show, everyone seems to want to know if the cast could survive if a zombie apocalypse was to really happen. We asked Frank what he thinks about apocalypse:

How do you interpret the show and the exploration of the apocalypse?

“I’m not sure yet, I think it is interesting to see how people come to terms with dying, with death and what that means, and how you come to terms with death. Mexico, where we’re filming season 2, has a very different idea to death, where the dead are respected and celebrated and welcomed into the house. They sit with their dead. There are many cultures that do that. There are many people today who are, by the skin of their teeth ignoring that they are dying, you know? Your face is falling apart! You should own that and not keep the infected at the door.”

We then asked him about the fame, now his starring in the show that broke US cable TV records for the most watched episode with its season 1 premiere:

Frank Dillane Fear the Walking Dead

Do you get recognized now with Fear? And how do you find that?

“In LA I do, not really in England. It’s all still rather new, so I’m not sure how I’m finding it all yet. But the thing that is very strange is the photo thing. Now everyone wants a photo.”

We then couldn’t resist, with everyone wondering who is going to play the next James Bond, and it seems every hot-right-now British actor is being considered, we had to ask Frank if he would like to take on the iconic role:

Would you like to play James Bond?

“Have I been suggested? [we inform him unfortunately not] Oh. Are you offering me the part? I’ll take it!! Ha ha. I don’t think I would get offered it. What do I know? I’d have to be offered it before I would make the decision. Probably not to be honest. Only because I don’t think I could do it properly.”

We then asked him who would he like to work with, he might claim it’s a boring list, but you might as well dream big and aim high right?:

Is there anyone you would most like to work with?

Yes very much so. There are so many and I fear that I never will get to work with them. If I had to pick three, at random, from my list… It’s a boring list because it is so obvious you know. Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix. I don’t know if I could come to work with them. I have very strong idols and I hold on to them very dearly. I don’t take any of them lightly. It feels so stupid to sit here and say I’d like to work with Joaquin or Dustin.

Fear the Walking Dead returns 11 April at 2am, simultaneously with the US premiere, on AMC UK, exclusive to BT.


Disclosure: In my day job I work on the PR activity for BT but I was not asked to write this post, these are all my own views.

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