NEW YORK (AP) — On "The Walking Dead," Michael Cudlitz's character, Abraham Ford, is known for his bright red hair and distinctive Fu Manchu-like mustache.
His facial hair has so captivated fans of the zombie apocalypse drama that they've even created an off-color Twitter account for it at @CudlitzStache
"They play with it and they play with the fact that we don't acknowledge it," Cudlitz said in an interview this week. "It's like, 'What are you doing? I'm right here. I'm right under your nose.'"
Cudlitz said he usually doesn't comment on the Twitter page because he doesn't want to get in the way of fans having fun. But sometimes he just can't resist and will chime in with something like, "'Hey, knock it off,' or I say, 'I'm going to cut you off,'" adding that "everybody gets nervous when you say something like that."
He spoke just days before "The Walking Dead" returns with its midseason premiere Feb. 14 on AMC at 9 p.m. ET.
Cudlitz said Season 6 picks up with Alexandria overrun with zombies.
"This is the ultimate test," Cudlitz said, of whether the new characters in the town have the mettle to survive. "In this episode we'll see who is able to rise to the occasion and who gets crushed by it."
Fans also get to meet Negan, the iconic villain of the comic books the series is based on, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
"You're going to love Negan. You're going to love to hate Negan and that's what I think the show needs, someone that you love that is bad that is just as beloved as the characters that he's trying to kill."
As for Abraham, having found a way to move beyond his malaise, he's now feeling a bit frisky, which viewers saw when he hit on fellow survivor Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), even though he's already having an affair with Rosita (Christian Serratos).
Cudlitz said he doesn't see anything wrong with that.
"It's the zombie apocalypse. He's human."
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