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George A. Romero On ‘The Walking Dead’

Legendary 'Night of the Living Dead' director and zombie master George A. Romero talks about the popularity of the AMC TV series 'The Walking Dead', explains why he turned down the chance to direct an episode, and reveals a surprising connection to 'Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.'

if you live in Toronto and you want more George (and more zombie goodness), you can catch 'Living Dread: The Cinema Of George A. Romero' at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The film retrospective kicks off tonight with a screening of 'Creepshow.'

In this clip, George talks about...

Being offered the chance to direct an episode of The Walking Dead
"Yes, [I was offered the chance to direct] an episode, but that's once the bible is written... I said no, because it's not my thing. And, in fact, I thought it was a little to close for comfort. So I basically said no."

What kind of guy Fred Rogers was
"Most of the people that are working professionals in media today - from Pittsburgh - worked for Fred [Rogers]. All of us started with Fred. Fred was a wonderful - he was a wonderful guy."

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THE BIO: George A. Romero