Roger Ebert on Zombies
This is credited to Roger Ebert on zombies:
“I am fascinated by Darwin’s theory of evolution as it applies to zombies. Since Richard Dawkins teaches us that the only concern of a selfish gene is to survive until the next generation of the organism that carries it, what are the prospects of zombie genes, which can presumably be transmitted only by the dead? And how do zombies reproduce, or spread? Why must they eat flesh? Why not a whole foods diet of fruits, vegetables and grains? Maybe a little fish. I know this has nothing to do with film criticism. I am blown along by the winds of my own zeal. If a good vampire or zombie movie comes along, I do my best to play fair with it …”
— Roger Ebert
That plays right into something that I’ve been thinking about for years.
A years ago, I was watching some clips from the late show with Craig Ferguson on YouTube. He was interviewing Michelle Rodriguez about her role in the Resident Evil movies. Ferguson, posited a very interesting question.
The question was:
“If you’re a flesh eating zombie, do you have to poop?”
He went on to explain, that if you didn’t, then you’d probably get all bloated and end up being a lazy zombie sitting around watching “The Price is Right” or something like that.
I’m thinking, you’d have to poop something, wouldn’t you?
We saw the walker that ate Lori was just sitting there until Rick killed him, but at some point the zombie would have had to get up and move, right?
Then again, who knows how a zombie’s digestive system works.