Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian recently taped an appearance in makeup for an episode of the upcoming second season of AMC’s zombie apocalypse drama “The Walking Dead”. Ian wrote on his website: “My agent got the call asking if I wanted to come down and get made up to play a zombie in a webisode for AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ directed by Greg Nicotero (effects GOD). I couldn’t say yes to this fast enough.
“Like I said in my tweet, I’ve been wanting to do this my whole life. Zombies have always been my favorite genre of horror and to participate in something as killer as ‘The Walking Dead’ would just be amazing. Truly my Make-A-Wish moment!
“I got to the set and headed straight for the makeup trailer. I was told I was getting the full-on zombie ‘hero’ makeup. That means I get the sick head/neck wounds done with silicone appliques. Garrett Immel was doing my makeup, he’s one of the top dudes doing this on the planet. He explained how there are the main ‘hero’ zombies, then the second-tier background zombies which are more just makeup and blood and then there are the third-tier background zombies with just makeup and if it’s a night shoot, they wear masks that read well on camera. Makes sense, they couldn’t spend 90 minutes each on 500 people every time there was a zombie crowd scene.
“Garrett told me he had my picture for a week so he already knew what he wanted to do to me. I told him to not hold back, make it as brutal as he wants. The whole process was pretty painless, even sitting for 90 minutes was cool because they were putting zombie makeup on me. I would’ve sat for five hours, I was so stoked.
Anthrax bassist Frank Bello will play punk music/fashion innovator Richard Hell in the indie biopic “Greetings From Tim Buckley”, which began shooting this week in New York. Frank Wood (“Changeling”, “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3”) will play songwriter and Jeff Buckley collaborator Gary Lucas, while Penn Badgley (“Gossip Girl”) has been cast as Tim Buckley’s son Jeff. Dan Algrant (“People I Know”, “Naked in New York”) is directing from a script he co-wrote with Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel.
“Greetings From Tim Buckley” is one of three rival projects centering on Buckley’s life. The film will tell the true story of the days leading up to Jeff Buckley’s eminent 1991 performance at his father’s tribute concert in St. Ann’s Church.
Bello previously had tiny roles in a handful of television and movie projects mostly as a member of Anthrax, though he did also play “Johhny, Rocker” in an episode of “Law & Order”.