A Decapitated Head Modeled After Johnny Depp Appeared On "The Walking Dead"
Just a quick heads-up — spoilers ahead!
In Sunday night's episode of The Walking Dead, Andy, Jesus, and Rick presented a decapitated head to show that Hilltop leader Gregory was dead.
It was a trick: After choosing among several walker heads, Rick smashed one of the noses to make it a little more convincing.
However, if you take a closer look, a couple of the candidates look very familiar.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Greg Nicotero, the show's executive producer, director, and special effects makeup boss, revealed that one of the heads was modeled after his own due to time constraints.
The Gregory head is actually a cast of my head. When Xander Berkeley was cast as Gregory, we didn't have enough time to get him to Los Angeles to do a head cast and make a dummy head of him, so I sent photos of him and I said, "Here's a picture of the actor. Let's see what we have in stock that looks as close to Xander as it can be. It ended up being a mold of my head. So that head that he picks up is actually a fake head of me!"
He also told EW that another head in the scene was modeled after Johnny Depp.
One of the other heads, I don't know if I'm going to get in trouble if I say this, was Johnny Depp. I think we had sculpted an emaciated version of a dummy head for something and we used Johnny Depp's head as a basis just for a clay sculpt.
I can't remember who the third one is, but I'm in good company. Norman kept saying he wanted the heads when we were done shooting.