One minute he’s playing a relaxing game of the golf, and then next… well, we can’t say we didn’t see it coming, but we certainly had been pulling for Martinez to last a little bit longer! AMC sits down with Jose Pablo Cantillo and reflects on filming his character’s demise, among other things:
Q: Martinez got devoured by walkers this year. Tell us a little bit about filming that scene.
A: I was upside down and quite disoriented. At one point, one of the walkers actually took a clump of my hair out, during the stunt itself. So I think a piece of me was buried in that pit for real. It’s a little tribute there for the character. David Morrissey is holding onto a harness of mine, and he kind of just lifts me up. I look like I’m struggling, but really I’m just kind of crab-walking my way over to the pit. Which is really a mind-blow; you want to fight for your character and you want to survive, and at the same time, you have to crab walk over to your demise. There was one take where I did dig my heels in when we hit the grass and that’s actually one of the takes I use because David Morrissey stumbles and then he just drags me the last five or six feet. It was intense.
Q: Martinez starts out in a bit of a role reversal with The Governor. Have you ever been in the situation where you’ve found yourself the boss of someone who was formerly a superior?
A: Not in the workplace, but I’d have to say with my big brother. I was two years younger than him but it kind of seemed like the tides turned in the late teens. I got bigger than him and I started studying martial arts, and then all of a sudden I could dictate what we were going to do this weekend.