Actor Steven Yeun explains why he turned down lead roles after AMC’s legendary drama The Walking Dead.
The actor, who played Glenn Rhee in the 2010 to 2016 AMC hit, recently spoke about his career in independent film. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about his role in “Sorry To Bother You,” directed by Boots Riley and Bong Joon-ho’s Okja, the actor said he was happy to be a part of this drama.
The successful actor also explained why he refused the roles that came to him after The Walking Dead. Yeun said that the projects offered to him were great, but he turned it down because it was too similar to his role in The Walking Dead.
Here’s what he said:
“The things that came for me after Walking Dead were actually great projects that were asking me to be the lead, they were asking me to lead a television show, but for some reason, when I would read the synopsis, it still felt adjacent to Glenn, the character that I played, and I don’t like staying in one place for too long.”
“I auditioned with Ferris Bueller’s opening monologue and they were like, ‘That’s good – can you do that all again in an Asian accent?’
At the time, I’ll be honest with you, I knew I didn’t want to do that so I kind of rejected it. But the system had no clue that’s not what I wanted. We were just in a different time. I remember my only response to do that was I did a shitty accent and phoned it in, and then I left.”
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