Walking Dead’s Greg Nicotero Loves His Fans And Conventions


The Walking Dead’s Greg Nicotero is a legend in the business.  Not only is he extremely well known for his great work as a special effects master, but he accepts his role in the industry and has become a favorite of Walking Dead fans.

In a recent interview with MoviePilot, Greg Nicotero discussed how important it is for him to interact with fans and how much he enjoys the meetings.  Here is an excerpt from that interview:

"UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIF. – SEPTEMBER 4, 2012: Greg Nicotero is photographed inside the maze, “The Walking Dead: Dead Inside” exhibit at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 4, 2012. Greg is a special effects artist and is producer of “Walking Dead.” The attraction is part of “Halloween Horror Nights” which kicks off on Friday, September, 21, 2012 with various dates to Halloween night. (Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times)I love going to conventions, and I love meeting the fans. I try not to not sit behind my table too often, I try to shake everybody’s hand and give them the time if they want to talk about makeup, or talk about directing or talk about the show and talk about other things, and they’re all there because they’re celebrating the work that we all contribute to the show. I remember the first convention that I went to in 1975, and I remember buying movie stills from Jaws and The Towering Inferno and buying my first movie poster, so the fact that I remember going to shows like that when I was a kid and I started collecting movie posters and movies on 16mm and at the time, that was the only opportunity that you ever had to find rare movie posters and collectables. Now you can find that stuff anywhere, so conventions have become much more about meeting people that contribute to the shows, so the fan aspect and the fan nature of it for me is something that I respond to because I’M a fan. I’ve met a lot of great people that I was speechless when I met them, like when I met Clive Barker for the first time – I’m such an admirer of his that when I met him literally for the first 30 seconds, I couldn’t talk. So, when people come up to me and they’re nervous, I’ve been there too, and it instantly puts people at ease, and that’s very important to me because I want people leaving the convention to feel like they had the opportunity to interact with me and get something that they can’t get anywhere else."

It’s always great to see guys like Greg Nicotero take part in conferences and meetings with fans.  This is something that many of Hollywood’s elite refuse to do because they feel it is a waste of their valuable time.

A huge thanks goes out to Greg Nicotero and the folks at MoviePilot for the great interview.  You can read the rest of it at the website HERE.