'30 Rock's' Grizz wants to play zombie on 'The Walking Dead'
Grizz Chapman no longer has to chase Tracy Jordan around on "30 Rock," but the soft-spoken big man has hardly taken it easy since the NBC comedy wrapped this winter.
Appearing at the premiere of his one-time-boss Tina Fey's new film "Admission" on Tuesday, Chapman gave The Hollywood Reporter a rundown of his recent activity -- his web series, a pilot and two films -- as well as his remaining to-do list.
"I'm on a never-ending quest to get back on a TV series, and I want to get on 'The Walking Dead,'" Chapman said. He even has some casting suggestions to help producers of the hit apocalyptic AMC drama ease him into the series' fourth season.
"I'm at this point now where, I have three things," he pitched. "I could either be on the Governor's team, I could be on Rick's team, or I could be a seven-foot zombie who never dies. We could do it this season."
Thus far, he hasn't had any contact with the show's creative team, but did recently have a conversation with one of "The Walking Dead's" stars.
"I saw Steven (Yuen) at 'SNL' when Kevin Hart was hosting, and we talked about it a little bit," Chapman revealed; "SNL" spoofed "The Walking Dead" that night. "I'm fighting to get on. I want to be a regular. (The seven-foot zombie) keeps coming back."
In the meantime, the actor continues to work on projects that have his name on the call sheet, including the pilot in which he takes front and center.
"It's about two detectives, a son and father duo," Chapman offered, adding that he plays the father -- while one of his former "30 Rock" stand-ins portrays his son.
"Why not? He's a talented kid," the actor reasoned. "He's just in a situation where he was a background actor, he was a stand-in, but believe it or not, we can't get it done without him. And a lot of those guys, they're talented, but they're just in those situations. So now it's time for him to spread his wings."
Speaking with THR last fall, Chapman discussed the difficulties that large actors face in a body-conscious business.
"I mean, why can't a seven-foot guy play a doctor?" he asked rhetorically. "Why can't I be a teacher? Why can't I be a football coach? Why can't I be a cab driver? Anything. Anything else than that. I can cry. I can do those things that they think the big guys can't do. So just give us a chance."
Sometimes, he said, it's not even about talent, but a studio's bottom line.
"I get a lot of the time, 'We don't know how to market you or you're too big.' Or, 'We have one of you already,'" he said, rolling his eyes. "But you don't have one of me already; you don't have a seven-foot, lovable guy. You don't have that."
While the pilot has yet to been bought by a network, he will feature in a film, Jono Oliver's drama "Home," that is due to hit festivals this fall.
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