NEWS - Khary Payton About Playing King In The Walking Dead
Reported by Foxwolf on Thu Jul 28 2016

With the shroud of secrecy now lifted, Khary Payton can now talk about landing the "fan favorite comic character" role of King Ezekiel, in AMC's The Walking Dead.

Ezekiel is described as a "colorful and kooky" character, leads a community called the Kingdom, and has a pet tiger named Shiva (who will appear on the show as a combination of CG and animatronics)


In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Payton talked about auditioning and landing the role, the secrecy of hiding the character while filming, his research and what to expect from Ezekiel, and how his voiceover experience helped him during scenes with the tiger.


EW: So let me ask you about Ezekiel’s tiger Shiva. I know you guys are doing some sort of mix of animatronics and CG to bring Shiva to life, so what’s it like for you in terms of working with that?


Payton: It's just another beautiful way that I get to use my imagination. As far as I'm concerned, Shiva’s as real as the people standing next to me - as Morgan or Carol or any of the other people who move among the Kingdom itself. So I really don’t think of it as CG or mechanic. All I know is that she’s real to me. I've done a lot of video games where there’s literally nothing standing in front of me. I've done, you know, a lot of voiceovers where there’s literally nothing standing in front of me, I've got to make it all up, so this is just another situation where my imagination gets to be used in another context, so no matter how good they bring it to life, it's already alive in my head.


Payton will make his debut in the 7th season of The Walking Dead on October 23rd, 2016. For the full interview, click the source below.


Source: Entertainment Weekly
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deus257
said at 8:08 PM on Fri Jul 29 2016
 6 Shout Outs!
Kinda cool how many notable Voice actors have been cast into the walking dead, Brina Palencia, Jason Douglas, and now Khary Payton
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 1:21 PM on Mon Aug 1 2016
@deus257 I wonder where it's recorded. I'd presume somewhere in the South. I've only played season one, though (TellTale version)
Troodon2
said at 8:49 PM on Mon Aug 1 2016
@deus257 Don't forget Vincent Martella.
deus257
said at 8:12 PM on Tue Aug 2 2016
@Troodon2 Ah Almost forgot about him, thanks for the reminder :)
candyman106
said at 11:30 AM on Fri Feb 24 2017
@deus257 I had to look up who the other two people were. ****in anime. I barely even recognize them as characters on the show.
Troodon2
said at 11:59 PM on Thu Jul 28 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
A bit disappointed they didn't cast Dave Fennoy, but I suppose Khary should do fine.
Shiny Raticate
said at 8:19 PM on Sat Jul 30 2016
@Troodon2 Oooh yeah, that was kind of a missed opportunity a bit. But Khary's gonna rock it.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 1:21 PM on Wed Sep 28 2016
@Troodon2 Actually I don't think Dave Fennoy does live-acting. However, this would be a major disappointment considering how much Dave Fennoy's look resembles this character, & he was also Everett in the games.
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