Ruben Blades: Tips to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse From 'Fear the Walking Dead' Actor

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Ruben Blades as Daniel Salazar on AMC's Fear The Walking Dead.

Those of you who couldn’t take your eyes off Fear the Walking Dead were no doubt riveted by Ruben Blades’ Daniel Salazar, who quickly went from quiet barber to bad-ass torturer with a knack for anticipating trouble.  

While it took a bit to get used to this potentially evil Blades, one thing is certain: If you’re ever in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, this is the guy to call.

As we get closer to Halloween and Day of the Dead, here are Blades’ tips for out-witting and surviving zombies.

What do you pack for the apocalypse?

Toilet paper. Lots and lots of toilet paper.

A song to play during the zombie apocalypse?

“La canción del final del mundo” (The song for the end of the world). We recorded it with Seis del Solar. “Prepare yourselves, citizens, everything is finished. Pour yourself that last drink.” And play it over and over.

What to wear?

Anything! Whatever is thickest so that, in case of an attack, if you get bit it won’t perforate the cloth and reach your skin.

What to do if you're being chased by zombies? 

The best survival tip is, don’t get close to those guys. If you see them, run! And be careful if you eat canned goods, because you may die of botulism.

Zombies are attracted to sound, so music is scarce around them. How do you survive in a world without music?

They say music soothes even the wildest animal. So, who knows? This music thing is something to explore in the future.

Is Daniel Salazar a singing barber?

No. And he’s not a very talkative barber either.

Any particular lessons learned from your role as Daniel Salazar?

It’s surprising how easy it becomes to understand someone else. And we start to understand our own defects. As an actor, one discovers the capacity to understand others and we realize everybody has flaws. And perhaps that makes us be far more alert.

So, what is the one key skill needed to survive a situation like the one faced by Daniel and the others in Fear?

The ability to keep a cool head. Stay calm. In case of an emergency, the worst that can happen to someone -- including someone who’s in great physical shape -- is freaking out. There are great athletes who lose their cool. One of the most important -- in fact, vital -- traits, is clarity of through. That way you can act in an immediate, intelligent and practical manner.

What not to do?