THE BEST LIFE
THE BEST LIFE
ANDREW LINCOLN HAS A GUN IN HIS HAND.
Actually, he’s working with a mini-arsenal.
He’s just finished firing 30 rounds or so of a
Kimber . 45, plus an equal number through
a 9mm Beretta. To be polite (since I brought
it, and the man is a gent), he’s also shot a . 38
special, a five-round revolver that in the context of our arsenal is the runt of the litter.
It’s a Sunday morning in Atlanta. Half the
city is either in church or queuing up for
brunch, which makes us the first customers of
the day at Quickshot Shooting Range, in a quiet
neighborhood not far from CDC headquarters.
That’s the same CDC that blew up during the
season-one finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead ,
forcing the ragtag survivors of a zombie apocalypse to flee the city. It’s the most watched
cable drama series for adults, averaging 6. 9 million viewers last season. (Mad Men didn’t even
come close.) Clinging tenuously to The Walking Dead’s moral center is Rick Grimes. He’s
a small-town deputy played with remarkable
verisimilitude by Lincoln, a Brit who, before
he blew a hole into his first zombie head, was
known by U. S. audiences as the guy who was
mad for Keira Knightley in Love, Actually.
Lincoln’s career path might now appear
to be as targeted as the .45-caliber bullets he’s
been pumping with remarkable accuracy into
the target 50 feet away: Loudmouthed jock at
English boys’ school finds himself pulled from
the rugby pitch and encouraged to try out for
a play (Oliver! He was the Artful Dodger, and he
used the role to meet girls). But his parents—
an engineer and a nurse—were skeptical that
their 17-year-old son could make a career as an
actor. Gain admission into five drama schools,
his father told him, and you can go to one.
Run Like a Lincoln
When Andrew Lincoln touches down in a new city, he likes to learn the place by running
the streets. Want to do likewise? Bart Yasso, the chief running officer for Runner’s World
(and a man who flies more than 100,000 miles a year), has these tips.
1 Before traveling
Check the Web for running clubs
or running stores in your destination
city: Lots of them organize weekly
runs. They offer a perfect way to
meet people—and you’ll probably
run faster than if you went out solo.
2 On the plane
Stay loose by stretching and walking
up and down the aisle every half
hour. Wear comfortable shoes, drink
lots of water, and pack a healthy
snack. If possible sit in the aisle or
an exit row for maximum legroom.
3 Once you arrive
Ask your concierge (or the running
club) for maps with running routes.
Or check Google Earth for nearby
parks, golf courses, or bodies of
water. Bring your cellphone and
some cash in case you wind up lost.
chose the ultracompetitive Royal Academy
of Dramatic Art, which this year accepted just
28 students from around 3,000 applicants.
Almost immediately upon graduating, he
landed a part in a BBC series titled This Life,
about a group of five cohabitating law-school
graduates. The show gave Lincoln some fame
in the United Kingdom. He enjoyed an enviable life, jockeying between television and
theater work, and the occasional movie. On
a return visit to the Royal Academy, the students beseeched him to explain his success:
What was your plan? How did you do it? “There
was no plan,” he says now. But a few years ago,
approaching his mid-30s with his first child,
Lincoln decided it was time, as he says, to
“man up.” The career that had begun with
a teenager’s obsessive focus needed the same
attention again. The U. S. A. beckoned.
Styling: Moira Lawler, hair: Vincent Gideon Palmer, makeup: Essie Cha; John Varvatos shirt, Levi’s jeans, Zegna belt, Alden boots; opening spread: car courtesy of Nelson Palmer
AT THE QUICKSHOT FRON T COUNTER, LINCOLN
surveys the weapons behind the glass. Glocks.
Sig Sauers. Rugers. Remingtons. Which to
choose for target practice? One is obvious:
The .357 Magnum Colt Python, which Lincoln’s character uses on the relentless zombie
hordes. “That’s my gun,” he says, and in seconds it’s in a wire basket with a box of shells.