Jeffrey Dean Morgan‘s son is now a part of the living dead.
Last Thursday, Morgan, 54, gave his fans a sneak peek at his 11-year-old son, Augustus “Gus” Morgan‘s appearance on The Walking Dead to Instagram — which is completely zombie-afied!
“My kid. Just a peek… as a dad, I have to say, I’d be hard-pressed to remember a time I’ve been more proud of this dude,” he captioned the black-and-white Instagram shot. “Can’t wait for y’all to see him in action #gusydean #zombielife.”
Hilarie Burton, who shares Gus and 3-year-old daughter George Virginia with Morgan, commented: “I love my apocalyptic dudes. ❤️❤️❤️.”
Gus is set to appear on the final season (season 11) of the AMC series. Earlier in the month, Morgan dropped hints at Gus’ part while on The Late Late Show with James Corden, revealing how it is a “cool little role.”
“My 11-year-old son is going to be the featured walker in episode 5,” he told host James Corden. “He’s been getting his COVID test so he can be on set and all that. He is so pumped it’s ridiculous.”
But while this is Gus’ first appearance the show — it is not his first time in zombie makeup, according to his dad.
“The last time we did any zombie makeup on him, he looked at his reflection in the mirror and passed out,” the star recalled. “Now, that was a few years ago so I’m hoping he doesn’t pass out this time around because the makeup’s gonna be extensive and cool.”
“He’s so excited,” Morgan added.
Gus’ role follows his mom’s guest-starring role on The Walking Dead, in which Burton played Lucille — the wife of Morgan’s Negan character. Morgan revealed to Entertainment Weekly this month how he and Burton, 38, quickly grew emotional while shooting together.
“We never rehearsed. We couldn’t even look at each other without, like, tearing up. It was very interesting. It was weird,” he said.
“We only did one or two takes of everything that you saw. It was great, because we couldn’t have done it anymore, by the way,” Morgan continued. “We were just wrecked.”
Burton revealed that “the thing that scared me the most” about the role was transforming into a zombie.
“My biggest fear was that he was going to pull that bag off my head and I was going to be a s—– zombie and he would burst out laughing. I didn’t want to ruin the scene by being a tacky zombie,” she remembered. “[Morgan] actually made a phone call, and they gave me a coaching session, and they told me just to act like a drunk toddler, which is like, a good vibe. You know? Just kind of wiggling your head around and chomping at stuff. We’ve got a toddler, so we just studied her.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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