He Never Died clip

In He Never Died, Henry Rollins plays a recluse who almost never interacts with anyone, and rarely even leaves his apartment. He’s also basically immortal. Oh, and a cannibal. With a determined, deadpan performance, Rollins takes the lead for the first time in his occasional acting career, and this first He Never Died clip makes the outcome look like it might be strange and potentially good.

Rollins has been a lot of things over the course of his career, and he’s done a lot of them well. Acting has usually seemed like more of a side project than a real career move, however. From appearances in a spate of ’90s films like Johnny Mnemonic, Heat and Lost Highway to roles in Wrong Turn 2 and Sons of Anarchy and voice work for The Legend of Korra, Rollins has been all over the map.

But here he seems to be working in a much more determined fashion than before. He’s pretty open about the shape of his acting career so far, too. Rollins said at this film’s premiere, via NME, “I’m an insurgent, this is punk rock – no-one knows that I cant act! This is the most amazing punk rock fraud I’ve perpetrated.”

This clip has been around for a week or so, but with a quote like that to go along with it, now’s as good time to offer it up.

Oh, and if the film goes over well, there are already plans for a spin-off TV series.

He Never Died just premiered last night at SXSW. Jason Krawczyk writes and directs. Clip via YouTube.

Jack’s in a rut. Depression and severe anti-social behavior has whittled down his existence to sleeping and watching television. Seeing the human race as little more than meat with a pulse, Jack has no interest to bond with anyone. There’s little purpose for him to make friends with someone he’d eventually eat or outlive by more than a millennia. The fuse is lit when Jack’s past comes back to rattle him. Jack must now walk a tight rope of sobriety and try to eat as few people as possible in this violent tale of personal responsibility.

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