'I won't quit until they bite me!' The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln says he's becoming more like his tortured character Rick Grimes

By Shyam Dodge

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Andrew Lincoln says he’ll play Rick Grimes until the writers kill him off.

The star of AMC’s The Walking Dead recently revealed that he finds himself becoming more like his heroic but troubled character every day.

But the 40-year-old has become so attached to his onscreen persona that he won’t leave the action packed drama until he is literally forced off the show.

Dead serious: Andrew Lincoln on the cover of the October issue of Rolling Stone as he promotes the fourth season AMC's The Walking Dead

Dead serious: Andrew Lincoln on the cover of the October issue of Rolling Stone as he promotes the fourth season AMC's The Walking Dead

As the premiere for season four of The Walking Dead fast approaches this Sunday, Lincoln graces the October cover of Rolling Stone.

 

While Lincoln is featured in the issue, the behind-scenes look at the hit series interviews cast members, such as Norman Reedus, and the show's creator Robert Kirman to give an in-depth perspective on the upcoming season.

Meanwhile, in a candid interview posted on the publication's website this week, the British actor admitted that the ‘lines are blurred somewhat’ between him and his iconic role as sheriff Grimes.

Blurred lines: The 40-year-old claims he is more like his character Rick Grimes everyday

Blurred lines: The 40-year-old claims he is more like his character Rick Grimes everyday

The star explained: ‘Life does mirror art, so I think people look to me now more as Rick than Andy [on set].

'But I think after spending enough time with me, they realize that I'm just an a******.’

When asked whether he knew that so many beloved characters were going to killed off each season he replied firmly: ‘No. I didn't read the small print, man.

‘I had no clue. I didn't know about the seismic emotional shockwaves that would happen. You don't go into a job that way. It's like life. You never think about your own mortality.'

Troubled: The actor's character has gone through some difficult times, including a bout with insanity last season

Troubled: The actor's character has gone through some difficult times, including a bout with insanity last season

Adding, thoughtfully: ‘At least not until your back gives way when you're 40. It just wasn't something that you consider until the first death. But that's one of the difficulties – you lose the relationships that your characters have. That dies.

‘You lose these incredible friendships. There is nothing like mortal fear to galvanize a friendship.’

But fans should rest assured that the Love Actually star is not running from the emotional challenges of his hit show.

Doting dad: Andrew shares two children with his wife Gael Anderson, pictured with six-year-old daughter Matilda in Barbados earlier this summer

Doting dad: Andrew shares two children with his wife Gael Anderson, pictured with six-year-old daughter Matilda in Barbados earlier this summer

The actor admitted: ‘I love playing Rick because he's changed so much.

‘The world has changed him so much. It is a truly rewarding role and continues to be.

‘The moment I think we're repeating ourselves, then I'll start thinking about other things.’

‘But if the writers keep pushing him into different places to play the whole spectrum of the man,’ Lincoln explained, ‘then I'd be more than happy playing it until my time is done. Until they bite me.’

The fourth season of the hit show premières on AMC this Sunday October 13.

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so when is the uk start date?

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Rick will die when Carl is old enough to take over the group as leader. the series is expected to go on till 2020/2021.

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Good actor all round.

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I truly love this show, and I can't wait for Season 4 - I have to agree with some of the comments here, I hope there's more action in this season than there was last time around. I hope the producers and writers know that if they ever kill Rick or Daryl they're done for, ratings wise.

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Love The Walking Dead and he's doing a fantastic job. If he's happy to stay then good.

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I started to lose interest when the female version of Wesley Snipes "Blade" came onto the show. The character seemed way too cartoony to me. But I have to admit, her character has grown on me. I like the arc Ricks son is turning into. A cold blooded killing machine. I wouldnt be too surprised if he runs away with, or gets kidnapped by "The Governor" and is turned to the dark side ala Darth Vader.

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You do realise The Walking Dead is based on a comic book? The character of Michonne featured heavily in the comic, and they have stuck fairly closely to her character.

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Yeah I am aware of the comic book connection. One of the things I love about the series is that it seems very realistic as to how people would deal with a zombie planet, and I initially thought the Michonne character kind of detracted from that. Comic book or not. But as I already said, she has grown on me and now I cant see the show without her.

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Season 3 was the worst of all seasons. The season 4 preview was not what I had hoped for (hope they've left the truly exciting parts out). It just seems like they're doing the same thing as S3: in the prison, talking, going on runs, killing zombies that stand by the fence. Only thing that showed it will change is the voice on the radio telling them to come. I truly hope S4 is more than that and not a continuation of S3. BUT, still, with the disappointments, I absolutely love this show and can't wait, can't wait, can't wait! If it disappoints you, it's still something to moan about online with others. Lol. This show has definitely become a hobby for many. I'm sticking with this show till the end. #ThankyouLordforSunday

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I agree with all you have said. I think they need to start moving the characters towards a conclusion and not have another season of them just mooching around, occasionally killing a few walkers, and battling The Governor. I am very excited for the new season, but hope they go somewhere with it.

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Can't wait until Sunday. It's a thing at our house. Even my daughter will sit and watch with her brothers!

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Its becoming more like 'The Talking Dead' The first season was brilliant but seems to have gone downhill, lets hope season 4 packs a bit more punch!

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Love The Walking Dead, they're all brilliant - roll on next friday.

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