"It was many years ago, before he got sick. It was going to be a Patrick Swayze zombie," the Daily Express quoted him as telling ShockTillYouDrop.com. Reese even narrated what the script was to unfold.
He said: “The stars get attacked by him, zombified and we had these wonderful moments, where they find a potter's wheel and there's (character) Columbus on the wheel and these other hands come up behind him and it's Patrick Swayze, the zombie. Ultimately, they fight and Patrick bull rushes (character) Tallahassee who grabs him and lifts him into the air, a la Jennifer Grey (in Dirty Dancing), and smashes him into a pillar."
Sylvester Stallone, Joe Pesci, Kevin Bacon and Matthew McConaughey were also considered for the role apart from Swayze. It now stars starring Harrelson, Abigail Breslin and Jesse Eisenberg and will hit theatres on 2 October.