Jeffrey Dean Morgan's ruthless-as-fuck character in The Walking Dead has supposedly drummed up so much hatred amongst fans, some of them are now trying to fight him in real life.
The American actor, who has played Negan in the zombie thriller since its sixth series, claims men "size themselves up" to him in the streets and act like "they are going to take a swing at me" solely because of his vicious on-screen killings.
"Really, I have people look at me as if I am going to take out a baseball bat and crack them in the head at any given moment so much so, I kind of like the respect I get now," he tells the Press Association.
"Or maybe lack thereof. I get a lot of 'screw yous', only not that nice, from across the street," he adds:
"I see men come up to me and size themselves up, like they are going to take a swing at me - because I maybe hurt one of their favourite characters on television, which I always find slightly amusing."
"And God forbid if I look on social media and the hate that I get there."
Morgan, however, insists that not everyone hates him, "just half the people, half the people think that I'm dandy, the other half not so much – but that is okay."
He said people who have followed his career for some time tend to be "nice people" but "if you were just a Walking Dead fan then you pretty much hate my guts."
Asked if he feels haunted by such a reviled character, he said: "Yes, right now in my career, absolutely."
"I'm kind of the opposite. I don't want to say I'm a super nice guy all the time, I don't want to screw up anybody's nefarious bastard outlook on me, but I am not the character that I play on television."
"It is not a documentary but it seems that everyone has forgotten a pretty substantial body of work that I have done before the show."
Morgan is next set to star as a federal agent, who he describes as "a little bit of a hero, or at least help the hero save the day", opposite Dwayne Johnson in the Brad Peyton-directed film Rampage.
But he admits: "As soon as I walk on the screen in this film they are going to assume that I'm probably not a decent fella."