Michael Rooker on tough love, Merle’s code

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“I have an affinity for people who are a lot of time are on that wire, good, bad. There’s no good guy, bad guy in my mind. We all are capable to doing great heroic deeds and stupid things as well, mistakes. I like characters that are tough but would jump out in front of a semi to save a little kitty… Merle likes kitties and little puppies, little kids. Merle likes these little innocent things. Merle doesn’t like idiotic, stupid people, small-town sheriffs who leave me cuffed to a pipe on a rooftop and stick their noses into affairs that they don’t need to be sticking their noses into.”

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