Corey Hawkins is one of the champions In The Heights, and it shows exactly the amount of a mix-up The Walking Dead made with his person on the show, Heath. Hawkins had his breakout part in 2015’s Straight Outta Compton, where he played Dr. Dre, and that very year made his introduction in The Walking Dead season 6 debut. Since then, while the AMC show has drooped in the ratings, Hawkins’ star has continued to rise.
Cast as Benny, one of the melodic transformation’s lead jobs, it’s a reminder of exactly how great Hawkins can be, and exactly the amount The Walking Dead underutilized him. While it’s clearly a world away from TWD as far as story, setting, and tone, Hawkins’ presentation as Benny In The Heights has bounty that would’ve proved to be handy for the dystopian show. He’s incredibly magnetic and clever, conveys one of the center close connections with appeal and authenticity, is a faithful and caring companion, and shows exactly how well he can find a way into a group. Those are characteristics that would’ve converted into Heath, had The Walking Dead put more prominent exertion into developing the person and given Hawkins a more sizable part.
Hawkins’ presentation wasn’t terrible using any and all means, however there was minimal possibility for him to show any of the normal mystique he so unmistakably has – and which would’ve been welcome in a show that can require a portion of it from time to time – nor to flaunt his emotional reach. Conversely, In The Heights gives the entertainer a lot to work with, be it melodic numbers or sentiments, and keeping in mind that it’s not killing zombies, it is proof of how he can manage the right material. Allow him an opportunity to shine and he’ll do as such splendidly, though The Walking Dead more regularly appeared to dull his gifts.
Tragically. Hawkins just at any point showed up in a modest bunch of Walking Dead scenes, turning up in only five installments across seasons 6 and 7 preceding being worked out. His exit, as well, felt incredibly jarring, as Heath vanished from the show suddenly and completely in season 7, scene 6, “Swear,” and still hasn’t been seen since. While quite a bit of that was possible down to the entertainer’s own timetable – and there remains an opportunity Heath will ultimately return in The Walking Dead’s future, maybe in the Rick Grimes films – it brings on additional disappointment for how the person was utilized. Both previously, then after the fact disappearing, it never felt like Heath made a difference however much he should’ve done, and given how great Hawkins is and the amount more he could’ve offered, even in restricted appearances, it remains a genuine squandered freedom. Heath felt like some other arbitrary survivor on The Walking Dead, yet In The Heights is another model that Hawkins is anything yet conventional.