The Walking Dead’s Xander Berkeley compares Gregory to Donald Trump
The Walking Dead actor Xander Berkeley has compared his character, Hill Top leader Gregory, to US President Donald Trump.
Speaking at London’s Walker Stalker Convention, Berkeley was asked whether he agreed with the casting call description of Gregory.
The casting call described the character as “Rich, … narcissistic, egotistical, quick to braggadocio and anger, his own skin is his principal concern. He feeds off the superiority of being in control, but he plays it off with Senator-like charm. He’s vibrant and has the charisma of a car salesman.”
Berkeley said: “Well, yeah. I think America’s current president could be described in all the same ways – not to be political – and he got elected president. How did that happen?
“I didn’t come here to talk politics but the archetype of someone who is so sure of themselves, so self-obsessed that they don’t even remember people’s names, that have their own best interests always first and foremost in their minds, are oft-times are the ones that survive, thrive, and climb their way to the top. As evidenced by recent events in history. So you don’t know what the fates are gonna be with Gregory.”
He also told fans attending the convention that he made a deliberate effort not to model any of Gregory’s characteristics on Trump despite the similarities, in case Trump did win the election.
He said: “It went through my mind when the show was starting that he was just coming on the scene that I thought: What if he does become President? We’ll be so sick of watching him that I made a deliberate choice not to incorporate him into the character at all. To keep it completely clean and independent, even though there is a tremendous crossover in the qualities that were listed.”
In the series, Gregory is currently the leader of the Hill Top community. He has refused outright to help Rick and Alexandria fight Negan, although some members of his community have pledged their allegiance to Maggie and the fight.