Christopher Matthew Cook starred as Officer Licari from the Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. When Shepherd and Lamson were captured by Rick and his crew, Licari tried to rescue them but ended up being taken hostage himself.
In the midst of Licari’s attempted rescue, he gets into a fight with Daryl and does his best to kill him. Luckily, for Daryl there was a walker burnt to the ground nearby that ultimately saved his life.
Licari helped facilitate a hostage exchange for Shepherd and himself for Carol and Beth. Unfortunately, it went awry, ending in the deaths of Beth and Dawn Lerner. We left Licari at the hospital in Atlanta but we have Christopher Matthew Cook right here with us, giving us all the scoop in his answers to my baker’s dozen of questions.
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in Houston Texas, but grew up in Austin.
How did you break into acting? Was it something you always wanted to do?
I had always wanted to act but never followed through with classes, etc. I play drums and grew up playing in different bands around Austin. I finally decided to start acting classes and was fortunate to get an agent and start auditioning and working within my first year of training.
Tell me a little about the audition and call back process you went through for The Walking Dead. Did you know what you were auditioning for?
I didn’t know that I was auditioning for Officer Licari. In fact I wasn’t clear on my role for the The Walking Dead until I arrived in Atlanta and met Andrew Lincoln during my wardrobe fitting. There was no callback.
Did you do anything special to prepare for the role?
I did nothing special other than create the world for Officer Licari. It’s such an amazing cast and crew. It’s not hard to step into their world.
Did you catch some flak from all of Daryl’s fan girls for attacking and choking him?
Sure. I also acquired some of his fan girls.
Were there any funny or memorable behind the scene moments you experienced?
That day that we shot the fight seen between Licari and Daryl was brutal. Those guys work really hard and we were rolling around on that pavement for a good six hours.
Were you a The Walking Dead fan before landing the role of Licari?
I was a fan of the show, but had no idea of the magnitude of the The Walking Dead fan base.
What has been your favorite acting role?
I recently worked on Paul Schrader’s Dog Eat Dog with Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe. That was my first lead and most fun role to date.
You’ve worked in movies and television. Which do you prefer and why?
I like both television and film. I just love to work!
Who are your heroes, your inspirations?
I would have to say my mom is my hero. She did the best she could with limited resources and we definitely had our challenges as I was growing up. She has always believed in me and encouraged me.
Do you have any new acting roles in your future?
I have a couple of projects in development and just shot a movie with Director Jordan Rubin.
What would be your “dream role” to portray?
I really want to be a cop/detective on a good cop show!
Is there anything you can tell all us fans about yourself that we don’t know, but are dying to?
I’m really a nice guy. I just look like this! I’m grateful for all of the support.
I thought I’d leave this little bit of eye-candy here for you fans. Speaking of eyes, what color are those gorgeous eyes? Green? Hazel? And I’m not even going to get started on what’s IN that undershirt! Man, oh, man! We’d be here all night discussing that. I hope he gets that part as a cop or detective on a great show because I’d love to see more of Christopher Matthew Cook and his superb acting.