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Podcast: TNTM talks with Michael Rooker

I was lucky enough to score an interview with prolific actor, Michael Rooker.

Even though he usually plays hard-edged characters, he is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever talk to. He answers all our silly questions about his career.

You will also hear his unique answer to our cake or pie dilemma question.

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Michael Rooker was born on April 6, 1955 in Jasper, Alabama. When he was thirteen, his parents divorced and he went with his mother to live in Chicago. He caught the acting bug while attending college, and began appearing in local stage productions.

On first breaking into film, his intensity and “don’t-mess-with-me” good looks were highlighted to chilling effect as he title character in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), filmed in 1986 but, due to its controversial nature, not released until 1990. Since that widely noticed and highly praised performance, much of his career has been spent playing brutes, villains and psychopaths.

However, his occasional turns as a “good guy” are always well-acted and a welcome change for a talented actor too often typecast.

2017 marks an exciting time for Rooker, as he starred in two films premiering just two months of each other. On March 17, audiences saw Rooker in Blumhouse Tilt’s indie horror thriller The Belko Experiment (2016).

The film is the terrifying yet humorous look at a group of employees that become guinea pigs in a company-wide experiment that leads them to either kill their fellow employees or be killed themselves. Returning to his indie roots, Rooker starred as maintenance worker, Bud Melks, one of the employees trapped in the office building, who may or may not be able to kill his fellow staff member.

On May 5, Rooker reprised his role as Yondu in the highly anticipated sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017). The film follows the same group of galactic underdogs saving the universe to a stellar soundtrack. Rooker’s breakout performance earned him critical acclaim, as audiences were introduced to a more dramatic Yondu.

The film went on to earn over $145 million domestically its opening weekend and has surpassed its predecessor by grossing over $850 million worldwide.

Rooker made his film debut, playing the title role in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986), a film based on the confessions of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas.

It was here that audiences were first introduced to Rooker’s impeccable ability to channel a character’s idiosyncrasies and subtleties. He has also starred in some of the most iconic films, such as Mississippi Burning (1988), Sea of Love (1989), JFK (1991), Tombstone (1993) and Jumper (2008) to name a few.

In August 2014, Rooker starred in one of the most memorable franchises in the Marvel Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), as Yondu, the blue-skinned renegade space pirate and surrogate father to Peter Quill. The film went on to gross over $700 million at the worldwide box office and spent five weekends atop the box office, more than any other film in the Marvel Universe.

On the television front, Rooker is best known for his series regular role as Merle Dixon on AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead (2010). Audiences loved to hate the ill-tempered redneck hunter and were sad to see him killed off the series in season three.

Rooker has completed a variety of stints on some of the most prominent series on television: Criminal Minds (2005), CSI: Miami (2002), Las Vegas (2003), Law & Order (1990) and Archer (2009), among others.

Additionally, Rooker’s talents go beyond both film and television. He adds his voice to various video games, including The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and Lollipop Chainsaw.

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Vlog: Talk Nerdy to Me for the Week of September 14, 2019

This week we talk about the Joker movie, Jurassic Park short film, DC Comics Hell Arisen, JJ Abrams exclusive deal with Warner Media, Margot Robbie remaking Tank Girl, Spider-ham getting a 5 issue mini-series, Ghost Rider series coming to Hulu, The Walking Dead season 10, and so much more.

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TNTM Video: “1 Minute Reviews” | WALKING DEAD ISSUE #193 (The Final Issue)

Got a minute? Listen to our recap and review of the FINAL WALKING DEAD COMIC!

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TNTM Vlog: Talk Nerdy to Me for the week of July 6, 2019

This week we talk about the end of The Walking Dead comic book, DC Comics DCeased, Marvel Zombies, Jumanji: Next Level, The Office, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Star Wars Rise of the Skywalker, Galaxy’s Edge, Casting for live action Little Mermaid, and so much more.

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Video+Story: Walking Dead Season 9 Whisperer War

The Walking Dead comic book has been a great success for Image Comics. It has been an even bigger hit as a TV series for AMC. Sure, there are zombies (walkers) in the show, but they are merely background for the actual drama of the show.

The Walking Dead is really about how bad humans treat each other when the societal norms crumble and it becomes every man/woman for themselves to survive. Inevitably some people rise to the position of leader of their group. Some of those leaders are good (Rick Grimes). Other leaders go too far with their authority and become villains.

The Walking Dead has given us some really good villains in their run so far. We have had Merle Dixon, the Governor, Negan, and now we are gonna be introduced to the Whisperers.

The Whisperers are a group that believe to survive we need to devolve to a more animalistic nature. They don’t protect the women or the weak. They believe they must endure to make them tough enough to live. They travel around in suits made of walker skins and they speak in hushed zombie-like tones. They can direct herds of walkers this way and effectively use them as weapons.

In the comics the Whisperers take out quite a few named survivors. They make life very hard for the survivors until they finally reach the point of war. In the comics the Whisperer War takes place over 6 issues. I believe it will consume the second half of season 9 and possibly spill over into season 10. In the comics, Negan is also a big help for the survivors in defeating the Whisperers. The TV series has deviated from the comic book while staying mostly true to the plot. We are interested to see how the Whisperer War unfolds in the TV series.

What do you think about The Walking Dead Whisperer War? Do you think they are a good foe for the survivors? Let us know in the comments.

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Video: Walking Dead Season 9 discussion

Walking Dead has been a juggernaut in both comics and television. The Walking Dead TV adaption has spawned a spin-off series, Fear the Walking Dead, and numerous games, merchandise, etc.

Walking Dead has proven it is not afraid to kill off popular characters. Season 9 will have us saying goodbye to Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln). These are two very central characters so it will be interesting to see how they write them off the series. They may leave it open so the actors can come back at some time in the future.

We also have to contend with the fact that Negan is still alive, even if detained. Negan is not one to give up easily. He is a persuasive talker and may wiggle his way back into a position of leadership.

Walking Dead has seen a decline in number of watchers over the past few seasons. They are still pulling approximately 8 million viewers per episode, which isn’t bad by any measure.

What are you hoping to see in season 9? Let us know in the comments.

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