The Vi­sion of an Artist

ACTOR DANIEL SHAR­MAN OF “TEEN WOLF” AND “FEAR THE WALK­ING DEAD” FAME TALKS ABOUT HIS PAS­SION FOR CRE­AT­ING ART

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Actor Daniel Shar­man of “Teen Wolf” and “Fear the Walk­ing Dead” fame dis­closes his am­bi­tions for cre­at­ing art and his style of di­rect­ing.

english actor Daniel Shar­man has had quite a few mem­o­rable roles, from Ares, the god of war, in “Im­mor­tals” to the defiant Isaac La­hey in MTV’s hit TV show “Teen Wolf.” This year, he joins the main cast of “Fear the Walk­ing Dead,” the pop­u­lar spin-off (and pre­quel) to “The Walk­ing Dead.” His pas­sion in act­ing, how­ever, ap­pears to be sec­ond to his pas­sion for di­rect­ing. Or per­haps “cre­at­ing” bet­ter de­scribes what Shar­man as­pires to do. Ei­ther way, his work in front and be­hind the cam­era are def­i­nitely not to be missed in the years to come. DA mAn: hi, Daniel; great to have you with us. So, we’ll soon see you on sea­son three of “fear the Walk­ing Dead.” how did you end up join­ing the show? Daniel Shar­man: I did it the old fash­ioned, very un­ex­cit­ing way. Au­di­tioned in Novem­ber then met the pro­duc­ers, au­di­tioned again and was down in Mex­ico in De­cem­ber. I had to do dummy sides, so I had no idea what the part was un­til I was there with a spoon in my eye. DA: is there any­thing you can tell us about your char­ac­ter and his role in the sea­son’s story? DS: I re­ally have a gift of a part. The cre­ators and writ­ers have formed this very com­plex and in­tri­cate char­ac­ter, Troy. He’s a cross be­tween Iago and Ty­balt, a dy­namic hot head who suits the world that he now in­hab­its more than most. But not only have they writ­ten a sur­vivor and hunter, but also some­one who is deeply emo­tional and flawed. Like I said, it re­ally is a gift to get to play those parts. So, I’m hugely in debt to the writ­ers and cre­ators of the show. DA: What was it that re­ally drew you to “fear the Walk­ing Dead” in the first place? DS: I loved the first sea­son. I thought it was shot beau­ti­fully and acted im­pec­ca­bly. I’m not much of a gore and hor­ror fan, so the de­tails of the char­ac­ters and events re­ally drew me into it. DA: the first sea­son of the show re­ceived pos­i­tive re­views, but the sec­ond floun­dered a bit. Do you think that sea­son three has what it takes to make “fear the Walk­ing Dead” great again? DS: From what I’ve heard, they’re very ex­cited by this sea­son. To me, it has a great plot and some in­ter­est­ing turn­ing points. We are re­ally into what has hap­pened af­ter the col­lapse. What rises from the ashes. Which feels strangely cur­rent and rel­e­vant now... DA: What is it that you like the most about “fear the Walk­ing Dead”? es­pe­cially since you’re now ac­tu­ally part of the show... DS: I love the hu­man ex­plo­ration and break­down of so­cial norms. Any re­turn to a more pri­mal hunter­gath­erer so­ci­ety. An­thro­pol­ogy has long been an ob­ses­sion of mine. “Fear The Walk­ing Dead” dumps mankind back to pre-civ­i­liza­tion.

There are end­less sto­ries you can tell in that world. DA: many peo­ple see “fear the Walk­ing Dead” as be­ing a com­men­tary about im­mi­gra­tion is­sues faced by the u.S. to­day. What do you think about this? DS: There are some very rel­e­vant is­sues thrown up by this sea­son. Some of them make for un­easy view­ing due to their truth. But I don’t think any of it as be­ing in­tended to be a com­men­tary on cur­rent events. I don’t see it drum­ming home a point but more us­ing ob­ser­va­tions of trends and hu­man na­ture to build a plau­si­ble out­come of the col­lapse of civ­i­liza­tion. DA: mov­ing on, late last year, we learned that you were cho­sen as a can­di­date to play hardin Scott in “Af­ter.” can you tell us the story be­hind your in­volve­ment with the project and whether it will still be go­ing for­ward?

DS: You know, this has been a project I thought long and hard about. And in the end I de­cided it wasn’t some­thing I wanted to do. I know that who­ever takes that part and runs with it will be hugely loved and fa­mous. I just don’t feel that’s what I want to sign up for. I’d prob­a­bly lose my­self in it all. Hav­ing said that, be­ing of­fered the role was hugely flat­ter­ing. I spoke with the writ­ers and pro­duc­ers and met the stu­dio rep­re­sen­ta­tives. They’re go­ing to make it, I’m sure. I just think some­one who can han­dle the mad­ness of such a pop­u­lar book and film will grab that with both hands. That’s not me.

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