Norman Reedus Interviews
Posted 3 weeks ago

Norman Reedus Took A Long Walk To Get Here

After nearly half a lifetime making dark, violent movies that very few people saw, the 45-year-old actor is the unlikely cornerstone of a dark, violent TV series that tons of people watch every week. Thanks to The Walking Dead, success has come quite late to Norman Reedus—too late, thankfully, for him to stop being the fascinating, mordantly funny misfit he’s always been.

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Posted 2 months ago

Norman Reedus of ‘Walking Dead’ Talks Comic-Con, ‘GoT’ and Emmy Snubs

Zombies on the set of The Walking Dead come alive in the most flattering way when the cameras aren’t filming them. Norman Reedus, who stars as the popular crossbow-toting Daryl Dixon, has on a few occasions caught them mimicking his behaviors.

"After the scenes, I’ll walk over to them and be like, ‘What were you doing over there?’ And they’ll say, ‘Actually, I cosplay as Daryl Dixon quite a bit so I was just trying to get your movements down,’" Reedus told Mashable. “It’s crazy. I love it.”

So it should be no surprise when a few Daryl Dixons walk up to him at Comic-Con San Diego, which started Wednesday. Maybe one will even win the “King and Queen of Cosplay” contest he’s part of with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and Courtyard Hotels at Petco Park.

Reedus will meet the winners at “Courtyard @ Super Hero HQ,” where attendees will line up to undergo makeup tutorials and transformations fromThe Walking Dead's Greg Nicotero on Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Martin will crown the winners.

Mashable chatted with Reedus before his trip to Comic-Con about cosplay,Walking Dead's season 5, Daryl's relationship with Carol and the show's continued Emmy snubs.

Mashable: When we left off at the end of season 4 you and the gang were trapped in a tight situation. What can we anticipate for season 5?

Well, hopefully we get out of that train car. That’s a very uncomfortable situation that we’re in. Not just being in the train car but being in where we’re at [Terminus]. I will say [season 5’s] first episode is one of the most extravagant, insane, fast-paced, horrifying episodes we’ve ever shot. It’s such a large episode. Greg Nicotero directed that episode and he knows the show probably better than anyone at this point.

One of the joys of being on the show is meeting with all of the different departments because there’s so much they put into these episodes, so much behind-the-scenes work, so much mastery in what they do. And there’s a whole bunch of that in the first episode. It’s such a fast-paced, epic episode. I was sitting there with Andy [Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes] while we were shooting part of it and whispering to him like, ‘How is this going to make it to TV?’ He looked over and said, ‘Dude, you say that every single year.’ It’s true. It’s going to be such a big episode.

Many fans are hoping Carol Peletier (played by Melissa McBride) comes to the rescue or that at least at some point in the season you guys will reunite. Does Daryl miss Carol, or where is his thought process amid all the separation and chaos?

Carol’s probably the most like Daryl in a lot of different ways. They both come from abuse and they’re both fighting for their own identity. And one of the good things about this show is that you see these characters realizing they have the opportunity to be who they want to be.

They’re shedding their past and taking off all those layers of the onion and realizing they’re stronger than people have made them out to be and time is fleeting and everyone is infected. This is your chance to fight for what you’re going to fight for. Both characters are very similar, and Daryl has a big love for Carol and vice-versa. Those two always have each other’s back. Whether she comes to the rescue or someone else comes to the rescue al of those characters are each coming to their own rescue and the rescue of other people all of the time, so it’s a very thin line that people are walking whether they’re going to hero up or coward out.

Let’s talk about the Emmys. No nominations for the cast this year, though the show was nominated for sound editing (for “Too Far Gone”) and visual effects (for “30 Days Without an Accident”). Do the Emmys matter to you guys?

It’s about the fans, I will say. But it would be nice to be nominated. We put so much work into this show and the writing is so good and the acting is so good. Do we have anything to complain about? Absolutely not. We love this job and we have a huge fan base, and we’re pumping out some of the best material we’ve ever done right now so the snubs don’t bother us too much to be honest. I would like to see Andy [Rick] get nominated. I would like to see Melissa [Carol] get nominated for her episode. I thought that was a remarkable episode — it was so well-written and directed and I thought she was great in it, as was Chad [Tyreese]. I can’t say we don’t come to work with smiles on our face every day and excited about what we’re going to do today because we do. It’s the best job on the planet. We’re not complaining, and I like all those shows that get nominated. I watch them all.

Why did you want to be part of this Courtyard’s cosplay contest at Comic-Con?

These are our people. We love them. I love going out to San Diego for Comic-Con and seeing all of the people dressed up. They’re so passionate about putting together their costumes. We shoot our show way out in the woods in Georgia and we don’t really get to come out to the outside world very often so to have this mid-season break for us in San Diego is such a treat for us. People are excited to dress up and see what’s to come. We’ve shot several episodes, and we’re almost halfway through the season, so we know what to expect and we’re coming with all this enthusiasm.

What kind of cosplay do you enjoy seeing?

Oh, man. I like seeing the minor characters as much as the major characters. I mean, there are the big ones you always see like the Harlequins, the Batmans and the Supermans, but I like when they get into the little obscure characters that you might not know or you might not expect to see. I also like seeing them when they’re dressed up as The Walking Dead characters.

You’re working with George R.R. Martin during this cosplay contest. Do you watch Game of Thrones? What’s your favorite scene from the past season?

[mod note: Game of Thrones season 4 spoiler in the next answer]

I’m a big fan of Game of Thrones. Peter Dinklage [Tyrion Lannister] is a friend of mine. Lena Heady [Cersei Lannister] is a friend of mine. I’ve worked with Lena before on films and Peter I know through New York. I’ve been a fan ofGame of Thrones since day one. I think that show’s awesome. I’m excited to meet George and talk to him about killing off characters. When Joffrey was killed off I was like, ’Noooooooo!’

July 24, 2014

Posted 2 months ago

kavousi replied to your post: “I hate having to make this post as much as you hate having to read it,…”:
What I commented on was via Norman, from interviews, pre BDS, when he was dating Helena. UK press. I wasn’t giving any secret info, just remembered stuff from long ago press. If you hadn’t posted the quandary, I wouldn’t have answered.

I hadn’t seen your reply to the anon until I saw this, and you definitely weren’t the only one who replied or sent me a message. It wasn’t meant as an attack, and I’m sorry if it seemed that way.

If you have interviews, I’d love to see them, but right now there’s nothing I can find to archive here that confirms what you said. Unfortunately there’s more than one way to find out that information, beyond an interview with him, so for that reason I chose not to post any of the messages I received. Again, I’d love to see a new interview (that’s half the excitement of running this thing) so please send it in if you find one!

Posted 2 months ago

I hate having to make this post as much as you hate having to read it, let’s get that out of the way. 

After that last anonymous message I’ve had more than a few messages about Reedus and his family’s personal life. Thank you, first and foremost, for enjoying this project enough to want to contribute information. We wouldn’t be here without a passionate base. But…

This is an interviews archive. This site exists is so that when people have questions, they can get an answer directly from Reedus. There’s a reason why we don’t post paparazzi pictures or discuss who he’s been seen with. The same goes for personal information. If I can’t verify something with what he’s publicly discussed, I’m not going to publish it here.

I have the utmost respect for him and the way he interacts with the press. I realize that he creates an awesome, welcoming environment, and I realize that it can feel like you know him. I understand that you just want to share information with me, thank you a million times for that. Beyond my personal feelings, publishing unverified information isn’t the goal of this venue. 

Thank you again for your support. Thank you for your passion. I hope you understand what I mean by this. There’s no resentment, I would never judge someone for wanting to share information, but this can’t be the venue for it. 

Posted 2 months ago
Did he go to Machebuf catholic high school
Anonymous asked

Sorry anon, I have no idea! He hasn’t talked much (at all? I’m not sure…) about his education. 

Posted 2 months ago

Why Norman Reedus Says You’ll Definitely Cry In ‘Walking Dead’ Season 5

"The Walking Dead" won’t officially be back until October, but Norman Reedus is warning us now that we should stock up on the Kleenex.

For anyone not caught up, Season 4 of “The Walking Dead” ended on a pretty epic cliffhanger. After the survivors of the prison found themselves reunited and locked in a cattle car by the less-than-savory folks running Terminus, the episode wrapped up with the return of what we can only accurately describe as “Badass Rick Grimes” and the feeling that Gareth and his followers should watch out — seriously, no one steals Daryl Dixon’s poncho and gets away with it! Reedus confirmed there’ll be plenty more action this time around.

The man who plays our favorite crossbow-wielding redneck on the hit AMC series gave us a taste of what’s to come when Season 5 debuts later this fall. “We come back in a big, big way,” Reedus said of the premiere episode. We caught up with the star before he heads off to Comic-Con later this week (the show’s panel is on Friday, July 25) to talk season premieres, creepy fan encounters and his love of “Honey Boo Boo.”

What can we expect from this season’s premiere episode? 
This episode is huge, it’s so large of an episode and there’s so much going on. There were parts of it that were amazing and I was looking at Andy [co-star Andrew Lincoln] and going, “How are they going to put this on television? It’s so gnarly.” And then he would lean over and go, “Dude, you say that about every season.”

What was your favorite scene to film in Season 5?
There’s a whole episode that’s sort of specific to my character and to another person’s character. There’s some scenes in that that are so large in scale that it just felt so epic … it’s pretty mind blowing.

Are there any episodes that fans will freak out over?
Yeah, there’ll be several. I can’t tell you if or who would die but it is “The Walking Dead,” we sort of have a track record of being fearless when it comes to that sort of thing. Grab your tissues.

What do you think of the “If Daryl dies we riot” slogan and fans threatening to light cars on fire if your character is on the chopping block? 
I’ll be the first one to light a match. I love it. I’ve put a lot of effort into this character and a lot of thought, as have the writers, directors and producers. It’s the role of a lifetime for me. When I hear things like, if Daryl dies we riot, it just makes me happy. I take it as a compliment and it makes me just work harder at the character. But if that goes down, I’ll be passing out books of matches.

How has your character changed from previous seasons to now?
He’s definitely become harder. He’s always been the Robin to Rick’s Batman, and I think he’s very happy being Robin. He’s always got his back and he’ll do anything to keep his people alive and he’s been through so much. He started off as an outsider and had a chip on his shoulder and that chip has turned into a suit of armor in a way; he uses that in battle. I think [without] Joe, I don’t know that he would have ever joined that group. That was a strong reminder of what he might have become if all of this didn’t happen.

Are you excited for Comic-con? 
You know, we film this show out here in our own little bubble so it’s just so nice to go out into the world among all the fans. The fans that dress up, they’re so into it and they put so much work into their costumes. It’s cool to be doing this thing with Courtyard [a super hero headquarters, which offers cosplayers free makeup touch-ups star meet-and-greets] because I get to be part of their world. I see some of them dressed as me, I see some of them dressed as people from the show, I see the craziest outfits. The crazier the better.

Do you see a lot of impersonators?
It’s funny because a lot of these things, they won’t just dress as a character, they’ll dress as the people. So there’ll be some Norman Reeduses walking around in like, my own clothes. It’s super creepy. It’s fun, but you may be crossing a line.

Tell me about your on-set battle wounds.
Our makeup artist gets pissed because she has to cover up so many black eyes. If I have to run through a narrow doorway and I’m looking through it as I’m running, a few times I’ve hit the door frame and the crossbow has punched me in the face. Actually, the end of last season when the prison gets sacked, I had a real black eye so that became party of the story line which is why I’m going into this season with a real black eye.

What would you name his crossbow if you got the chance?
Mary Ann. It’s my mom’s name.

Which cast member would you want on your team if a zombie apocalypse actually happened? 
Probably Andrew. Andrew and I just crack up all the time, he’s definitely my BFF on the show. He would totally keep me safe. A budding romance is in the works.

Which show do you geek out over? 
"Eastbound and Down," "Game of Thrones," and "Breaking Bad" — I’m bummed that’s not on — but "Eastbound and Down" is my go-to show right now. Although I did watch "Honey Boo Boo" last night and they mentioned the zombie apocalypse … and our show. It was pretty fun.

What does Daryl’s ending look like?
Daryl would walk off into the sunset and then a puppy would come up behind him and he would come up over a hill and there’d be a whole bunch of survivors in a Hooters. Yeah, it would be happy hour at Hooters.

July 21, 2014

Posted 3 months ago

Ouch: Norman Reedus explains how he broke his toe filming ‘AIR’

While on break from The Walking Dead this past spring, Norman Reedus did a little moonlighting on a new movie being produced by his TWD buddy Robert Kirkman. That movie is called AIR, costars Djimon Hounsou, and will be released in the spring of 2015. But while telling Entertainment Weekly about the project, Reedus revealed that he got a bit more than he bargained for during filming. “I’m excited about the movie,” says Reedus. “The director, Christian Cantamessa, is going to be a huge director. And it was such a cool script and such a cool working environment. And Djimon is just awesome in the film. I’m excited for people to see it. It’s completely different from The Walking Dead, and we worked truly hard on that film. Actually, I broke my toe.”

Wait…WHAT?!? Broke your toe? How exactly did that happen?

Kicking. Kicking Djimon.”

Okay. Explanation now, please.

“I went off on him in a scene and I just started kicking him,” explains Reedus. “I had him hold the bottom of his foot, so I could start kicking his foot. But he’s so rock hard and made of muscle that I broke my toe when I was doing it. It was an unmanly move, and I’m screaming at him. I’m like ‘Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!’ They had to take me to the emergency room in the middle of the night. It was a strange experience.”

As for the man producing the film, Robert Kirkman says Reedus’ injury is a case of no pain, no gain. “He sort of hurt his toe in the process,” admits Kirkman. “I feel a little bad about it. But I think the movie’s going to be great, so it’ll be worth it in the end.”

(Source: insidemovies.ew.com)

Posted 3 months ago

First photo of Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou in Robert Kirkman’s ‘AIR’

They’re at it again. Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and star Norman Reedus are joining forces again for the movie AIR, which tells the story of two workers (played by Reedus and Djimon Hounsou) who are tasked with maintaining one of the underground bunkers set up to preserve the human race after the air outside has been rendered toxic. The bunkers are filled with sleeping tanks housing individuals seen as providing the best chance for rebuilding civilization.

AIR will be directed Christian Cantamessa and released in the spring of 2015, but we’ve got your exclusive first image from the film right here. In it, we see Hounsou (as Cartwright) and Reedus (as Bauer), who have been awoken from their sleeping tanks for their two hour shift—which occurs every six months—in the decommissioned missile silo. We commissioned Norman Reedus to tell us more about the movie, so he called in from the set this past spring and did just that. (Click on the Full Size magnifying tab to see a bigger high-res version on the photo.) 

EW: Okay, Norman, how would you describe AIR?
NORMAN REEDUS: It’s a psychological thriller. It’s a story of two people who are pretty much the last people on the planet. They run a facility that has all the best of the best that’s being held in sleep tanks that will be re-awakened to populate the earth, and one of them thinks of their job as the scientist and the other thinks more of their job as a janitor. And the position is kind of in between both of those. But one of them discovers that the other has a secret, he’s holding onto the secret and that secret is that he’s trying to keep a certain person alive. And through the character I play, his past is such a dark one, and the guilt of what he’s done weighs so heavy on him that he sort of substitutes his real family for this other person in his mind, and he sort of looks at him as a brother in this way that’s a little too close for comfort. And what happens is he ends up forcing the action to take place against the other person’s will. So it becomes this thriller, this mindf— of a movie of convincing this other guy to do something he doesn’t want to do.

So your character has secrets, he’s haunted by his past?
Quite a bit so.

What’s this underground bunker going to look like?
It takes place in an abandoned missile silo. It’s kind of a mixture of high tech and low tech. It’s sort of an analog frequency on high tech machinery. It’s a nice mix of the two. There’s the high tech equipment with sleep tanks and so forth, and then there’s also stuff that’s bound together by duct tape. It’s not a half-assed operation, it’s a last minute operation, and then obviously the sleep tanks are the Four Seasons, and ours are the Ramada Inn.

Is there sort of an isolating feeling? Is it a claustrophobic feeling? What’s the vibe?
It’s very isolating, very claustrophobic. Even filming in it it’s very claustrophobic. I remember reading the script and my manager and I were going through it and I was like, “What do you think?” and she was like, “I love how claustrophobic it is, I hope they keep that element there,” and after talking with Christian multiple times before I came here, that was one of the main questions I kept asking — “Can we keep it as claustrophobic as this?” As dire and as end of the world as the script reads right now, we’ve kept it all. It’s a very claustrophobic feel just shooting it. There are moments in it that are…they’re terrifying and you feel very alone and you feel very f—ed over on many different levels by other people, and you know, by the world as a whole, by the people that put us there. It has these sad elements to it, but it also has these uplifting storylines as well. One half is going down the rabbit hole, and the other half is climbing back up it.

I imagine so much of this relies on your relationship with Djimon. What’s it like working with him?
He’s great. He and I hit it off right off the bat. I’d seen his work before and I knew how good he was, and I’d just watched Blood Diamond right before I came here, and he was so good in that movie. It’s interesting, you know, because he’s such a big, good-looking guy and he’s very soft and gentle and there’s sort of a hope that’s naturally in his face. He radiates this sort of hope and I’m just sort of basically trying to wipe it off of his face.

July 16, 2014

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Posted 3 months ago

Tom Petty, “Free Fallin’”

“I have a 1979 Ford pickup here, and that song comes on the radio a lot here. That song and that stupid ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’" [source]

Posted 4 months ago


Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon on the Walking Dead) interview with Geek Time on Howard 101 today.  Sounds like it was recorded before last week’s episode, but still contains slight Walking Dead spoilers. 

Our favorite zombie-killing redneck… The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus! 



Norman Reedus, welcome!

That was awesome

Welcome to GeekTime!

Thanks for having me

I’m glad you enjoyed the intro.

Yeah that was cool. 

The first thing I want to say to you is that, you came up on the show, a couple weeks ago we were discussing who we would miss if they were killed, and it made me start thinking about you and your character a lot, and I would totally miss you. You’re like, from how you’ve come to be my fav— one of my favorite characters on the show.

Oh thanks, man. Yeah, it’s a blast, playing this—

You kind of snuck up on everybody and all of a sudden you’re like, you know, everybody loves you now. 

Yeah, it’s weird. Everyone loves rednecks, it’s very strange.

Well you had your work cut out for you too, because we all read the comic and your character isn’t there basically, and I mean the audience loves your character, and there’s so many diverse characters on the show - I think I used character five times in that sentence, by the way.  You stand out. Have they given you more and more as the show has progressed?

Yeah, yeah. I mean, the writers of the show are really cool that they want our input on stuff, and there’s certain things… I mean, I found out with TV, you kind of do these scenes and you kind of drop these little seeds in the ground, and hopefully they turn into stuff. Like when Carol leans over and kisses me on the forehead, I kind of flinch like “don’t hit me,” and now there’s a backstory about me being an abused kid and all this stuff. So it’s… it’s nice to be able to have input on stuff. But as far as not being in the comic book, I’m kind of glad, cause I can sleep with whoever I want and kill whoever I want, you know what I mean? So it’s kind of a blessing. 

When you were just talking about that thing, where you flinched and this you being an abused kid is coming in, did you know that… Was that set up, or did that work out, or how did you…

That wasn’t in the script, I just did it. But you know there was another episode that had me take Merle’s drugs and I find them in the bike and stuff, and I really fought against that, cause I wanted to be this kid that grew up in a drug-taking, racist world, and he didn’t want to be that guy. Like he was embarrassed about it, and now that his big brother’s gone, he’s sort of developing into his own person, you know?

Yeah, that episode where he’s hallucinating and Merle came to him, and it looked like they were gonna have you go bad and I was like “No!” Like, we’re pulling for you, like we didn’t want you to become that guy again, at least I didn’t. 

Yeah, it’s interesting too, cause Rooker, like Michael Rooker is like the coolest dude ever and Portrait of a Serial Killer is one of my favorite films, but his character has all these twists and turns this season and I’m sort of like maneuvering around, I’m sort of orbiting around all these different emotional freak outs he’s having, so 

Well yeah, we’re up to date now, obviously I think you two are going to meet, and it’s going to be great, this is what we’re waiting for, I hope it happens next episode.

It’s coming. It comes in a way that you don’t expect—

That’s cool

Yeah, not at all.

I read that you— Did you originally audition for Merle, for that role?

I went to LA, to do the pilot season? I don’t know if you know what that is, but it’s where every chump actor like attacks—

Of course, we’re pro’s here, we know pilot season, come on! 

I went there, and they gave me all these pilots to read, and it was like cop drama, lawyer drama, cop drama, lawyer drama, lawyer drama, and then this one, and I was like “What the hell is this?” You know, it had Gale Ann Hurd and Frank Darabont, and it was AMC, and I already watched AMC shows and I knew it would be great. But they had me go in and read Merle’s lines, and I was told that the part was already taken. So I was thinking, Well, maybe Rooker, he can’t do it cause of a scheduling problem or something. And I went in and I read those parts, and they brought me back and read it again. And I left and got a call that Frank wrote a character for me. 

How cool is that?

Does it get cooler than that?

No, no, no! 

Yeah, it’s like Christmas.

Just to walk in a room with him must be cool. 

Yeah, right. He’s brilliant. That dude’s awesome. 

You had the coolest pilot season ever, I think it’s fair to  say. Frank Darabont’s writing a character for you. 

Yeah, I mean he killed it. That first episode too. Like I love the little things he does, like walking down the stairs with the matches and they go out, and little things like that are just—

Yeah, yeah. That keep you…

So dope, yeah. 

I mean, it’s been awhile now since he was gone, but everybody, you just heard how much people were missing him when he left, and obviously you must be too, still.

I mean those kind of decisions don’t happen… Those happen in rooms I’m not privy to. But yeah, I mean we all still talk, and we all still like each other, and Glen Mazzara did a great job of coming in, I have to say. Like he was Frank’s number two, so we knew him already, and it was a tricky situation, and it brought our cast and crew together. It was a tight huddle after that, like this is our show, and we fight for this. Everyone really stepped up to the plate, there’s not a weak link in our chain anywhere right now. 

No, there’s not, it’s a great cast. And what impressed me too is like everybody audience-wise, when you heard stories coming out, was a little worried, we were! And it didn’t really miss a step at all. It’s gotten better and better each week. It’s the show— Sunday night, we always talk about is jam-packed now. You’ve got Dexter, Homeland, all these great shows on. But your show’s the first one I gotta, you know… If I’m even watching Sunday night football, if it’s a good game, then I gotta get to your show, it’s what I can’t wait to watch.

And your show’s also crushing in the ratings. These AMC shows you talk about, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, they don’t get big audience. You guys do. 

I mean, it’s not even comparable. It bananas right now. 

Well hey, well-deserved.

Ah, thanks.

And one of the things I love about the show, literally we’re up to date now, nobody’s safe. I mean two of the three main leads are gone. And that’s refreshing in television, because you know you’re not going to see  the same crew, if you don’t know who’s gonna go. I hope you stick around.

Me too

But I’m saying, are you getting the scripts and leaping to the end and making sure?

Every single one of the actors just like thumbs through and is like “Whew.”


I mean we have a death wall, we have death dinners when cast members die. One thing, I mean, I hope— I don’t want it to be like “Survivor Island” or whatever that show is, like “Who’s gonna get written off this week?” It’s still a story about this group of people. It does, it kills it when people die, I get it if it moves the story along. 

If it’s a zombie apocalypse, people are going to die. 


There’s gotta be some reason why all you managed to survive. And thankfully you’re going one by one, which has been exciting.

Two-by-two sometimes.

Good point. As new characters get brought in too, like Michonne, the governor, I mean they just plan—

I’m kind of looking forward to Michonne going.

You’re so, you’re so wrong on that!

I mean, I don’t like her! I immediately have this reaction, like she just annoys me. 

It’s weird like who picks who, you know?

She can go.

Some people like hated Lori, some people hated Carl for awhile.

Yeah, Carl was like a demon for awhile, but he’s cool now. 

Yeah, well he just put down his mom, so everyone’s like, “Aw, poor guy,” you know what I mean?


He’s a badass, Carl! Well, he was kind of badass this season, and I loved the way they moved us forward 6, 8 months, a year however forward we moved,

Aged a little

It was great. They kind of had to for him. It was like “Whoa!” Carl’s, boom boom boom, shoot people out. 

Yeah, he’s a badass right now. He does stuff that’s amazing, You’re like wow. You see his face contort into ways that a wise old man would contort. He’s very interesting to watch. 

You do that very well nonverbally, I think. Especially in the last couple episodes in the prison. Rick’s turning to you, you just give a look. And you just know, you got his back, or take this guy out—

Right, should we let these guys join the club, and you just kind of give your…

And that’s a real acting challenge that I think you pull off quite well. 

Aw thanks, thanks. But yeah I think I’m just emotionally just damaged, you know what I mean? So it’s happened, and you know I was very insecure when I first started being an actor, I was like famous people freak me out and everything, and I would just glare at everyone. And I think somehow that turned into a career. 


Speaking about it, this is a great story about how you got into acting… You used to work at a motorcycle shop, Dr. Carl’s Hog Hospital, I love the name of that, correct?

That’s right.

But you went to a movie-person party with a friend that day you quit. You drank way too much, put on giant sunglasses, and started screaming off the balcony - and this is why I love LA - eventually someone asked him if he would he interested in a role in a play. 

You got that right.

What world does that happen in, I love it! I’m gonna go eeeeeeegh [attempt at a scream] Can I be on Walking Dead, aaaaah!


It was pretty silly. And actually the person that asked me, I was like “Get the hell away from me.” And my friend was like, “Oh, she’s really cute.” And we ended up going for pizza, at this place called Damiano’s. And it all just sort of happened. I was like “How much do I get paid,” “What do I gotta do?” And I hated being in that play, to be honest. I couldn’t stand it. And it was just—

How much did you get paid?

[Laughs] Nothing, basically. But it was just like, it was a lot of older women in the play, and they were kind of  stepping on each other’s lines, and I’m like “Yo, take the front,” like this sucks. And there was a really nice lady, who actually cast me in Boondock Saints, who was with William Morris at the time, Laura Kennedy. And she approached me and hip pocketed me, side pocketed me, what you call it when they don’t really sign you, but they send you out kind of on the sly? And I booked some films, and yeah. 

When you were working in the shop, did you have acting aspirations, is this something you wanted to do?

No, man. I wanted to like more to Montauk with a bunch of cats and just be that weird old guy that paints, and just walks around in a robe, like you know what I mean?

Right here. This one to your right. 

Yeah, that’s kind of what I wanted to do. 

That’s my favorite thing to do! Be in my robe all day. But not paint - use my iPad.

Yeah, those frosted flakes all day long.

The dream, living the dream.

The first one I did was one called Floating, and it’s about this kid who, his dad was in a drunk driving accident, and all his friends are at that age where they’re gonna like move off and start a life together - or, not together, but start their lives - and the guilt of having to live with your father, take care of him and so forth. And my real dad was dying, he was in a wheelchair, and I did this… There was one part of the film, where he stands up out of a wheelchair and he gives you a hug, and it’s a big deal in the film, and I did that and cried so much, so much snot came out of my face, and somebody - a grip - came up to me and he was like “I want to tell you that at lunch, no one ate, no one talked.” And I was like “Oh, this isn’t like dorky, modelling bullshit, this is a real thing. And I’m very happy where my life’s taken off. 

You’re spending a lot of time in Atlanta, Georgia I should say. Other people we’ve talked to from the cast say you guys are real tight, part of the reason’s because you’re stuck down there together and you kind of have to bond, almost. 

I mean we really do like each other, it’s kind of wild. The cast lives up in Atlanta and we shoot like an hour and a half south of Atlanta. And everyone lives up there but me. Like I went the other direction, I went more into the woods. And I ride a motorcycle out there, so I ride out in the country, with like cows going by and no cars every day.

Wow, that’s amazing.

It’s a dream job, yeah. So I picked that spot because of the motorcycle riding. 

They give you the bike in the show, or did you get to take that one, or…

That bike’s kind of a piece of shit, you know what I’m saying?

You should have let that guy fix it, the one that wanted to the other day… [mod note: ?]

It looks cool, and Frank picked that bike, with the SS stuff and all that things. But it’s one of those “Hold on one second” [imitates bike engine turning over] “Hold on one second,” like “Rolling!” Like “Norman, start the fucking bike,” you know? But I have my own bike down there that I ride on. 

Just getting back a bit - you said, on the acting thing, you were intimidated by famous people, you didn’t set out to do acting, and it is weird when you’re doing an intimate scene and you got 50 people around you, and you gotta… Like how did you learn to tune that out? Cause that’s a weird, intimidating thing to be able to connect and ignore all that. 

I did this one film, early on, and I had to have sex with this girl in a house of mirrors, in a carnival up against a wall, right? And her fiance or boyfriend showed up that day.

One of those guys, huh? [Mod note: The movie is Tough Luck and the fiance/boyfriend is Patrick Wilson]

So he’s standing behind the camera , and I could… I’m sort of with my back to the camera, and I’m looking in her face, and I can see how nervous she is. And, she was super hot. I was not trying to cross any lines that I was not supposed to be crossing, but the fact that she was so nervous turned me on—


You know what I’m saying? And it just kind of made it real sexy for me. It became like a threeway with 40 people in the room.

You see the boyfriend in the mirror, and—

It made her like shake and nervous, and it just made it sexy as hell. Y-y-you know. [Pauses, laughs] I think I’m damaged already as hell. And I have ADD like crazy so I can’t really pay attention to anything. 

I’m with you dude, big time. 

Yeah. It’s… Some… It’s… I don’t know, even when I watch stuff that I’m in, it doesn’t seem like me sometimes. 

Mhm. But yeah, it’s funny like you sitting here, we always say, a lot of times people that I really like, and they end up coming in and sitting down, and it’s always weird. But you just kind of don’t seem like that guy. You seem like totally different than what you’re doing. I mean that is acting, but still I’m saying, you seem to have a different persona as that character. 

I mean there’s parts of you that you bring to it. And I’m socially awkward, already, and I’m not good in a crowd, I don’t like to speak about my feelings, so there’s little parts of that that’s very Daryl-like. But like my son - I have a son named Mingus that came out here, or he came to Georgia and I took him fishing, and I didn’t know what to use as bait so I used bacon, thinking like “Everybody likes bacon.” And we didn’t catch a thing for hours. I’m nothing like Daryl. You put me in the woods, I’ll die. 

Now what about your - I guess Carol, to this point, is now your love interest, so to speak—


She wants to be that way, it seems. But you said no, so—

How come her hair doesn’t grow? Who’s cutting the grass at the prison?

I think we should grow weed at the prison. 

Oh yeah! [Laughter]

The thing about Carol, is like… If we ever hooked up, I’d wanna not know what to do. I’d wanna premature ejaculate in my pants and go cry in a corner, you know? Like with Carol and Daryl, they’re two damaged people, and that’s their sort of connection as they gravitate towards each other for that. I never want to be that character that takes his shirt off and bangs the girl against a tree in the moonlight. Like I don’t want to do that, not with this guy. So I hope that the important parts stay. I mean, everyone’s trying to get laid, zombie apocalypse, but I’m ready - if Daryl’s ready, I mean. 

Obviously we hope you stay on the show for a long, long time. But if you were to find out next week that this was gonna be your last episode - and we’re a little scared because people end up coming in and then they die—

I’m saying nothing

Don’t do that to us!

Would you want to take anything from the set, steal anything from the set, prop-wise, costume-wise?

Well I stole the crossbow, I stole the vest with the wings - it’s actually in the car out front, cause I just put it on Anderson Cooper, which was hysterical.


And he was like “I look like the village people!” And I’m like, “Yeah, well…” And he said it.

"You said it, not me bro."

He was super cool, he went with it. He was awesome. But yeah, I steal as much crap as I can. 

It’s not crap.

I steal it. Right? It’s actually - you know, it’s funny, cause my son, I took him to school on the way here. And he walked out of my building with a crossbow and people were like “What the fuck?”

Bad parent!

I wanted to ask you about Andrew Lincoln, because we had Jon Bernthal on here, and he talked about his episode with him. And how he was on the set, and how they shot it for 20 minutes. So a couple weeks ago, the Lori episode, all I can think when he’s rolling around on the floor is “How long did they shoot that scene, what was he doing during that, was he acting like a madman—

When he found out - there’s spoilers here, everybody, if you’re not up to date.

I said—

Well, I’m just saying.

Oh, okay.  

You mean when he broke down and cried when he found out?


Which was so great, it was so awesome. 

Like all I could think, was that a half hour shoot, or was it what we saw, or…

That was half of a day, right there. And you know, I mean there’s a lot of camera movements on that, and I think— I mean, there’s sort of an unwritten law that if some actor has a really emotional thing, you give him the time he needs to get it done. And Andy was just going places that were bananas. And so was Chandler, and so was Lauren. And it was an emotional thing. And that’s a real baby they’re holding. You go back and look between a rubber baby that’s super creepy looking and… So they’re putting like blood and paste on this real baby and it’s like, it’s a day and it’s hot and lots of things. But that was half of a day to do. 

I gotta be honest. I liked Lori and all but I don’t know, I didn’t get that moment they were— not until Rick found out, that tore me up— but when she went, I was like, you know, I don’t know. She was really annoying, plus she’s gotten really fat—

[Mod note: I sincerely apologize for that last statement. I realize they’re trying to be funny, but it’s disgusting and out of line. Not a good joke, nor an appropriate scene to make light of. ]

Wait wait wait wait wait. The kid putting a bullet in his mother’s head isn’t anything?

Well hold on a second, we don’t know!

We know. 

We never saw it. 

We know. She’s done, we know.

You know what was interesting too, like, when that happens you always think you have enough time to fix the fight. It’s a huge statement that time is so important. He never got to finish that. 

That’s what’s amazing about Andrew’s performance in that episode is you could see - he does it all in his face. He had built up this wall between him and Lori cause he’s angry, and doesn’t necessarily trust her maybe. And when she’s gone, it just ruins, it’s a world collapse. 

Speaking of her death, this week, I think you listen to Howard Stern Show, I don’t know if you heard it, but Robin, in the middle of a conversation like blurted out—

Oh yeah, the spoiler!

[All] Yeah!

I didn’t hear that but I heard people complaining about the spoilers.

It was like first thing Monday morning. 

She’s like “Howard, did you see Walking Dead? He’s goes “Yeah, it was great.” She goes “Yeah, especially when Lori got killed.” It was literally, she came out and said that! The day after the episode! It was the worst thing, isn’t that awful? Go ahead, tell her how awful that was. 

Robin, that is horrible. You know what I really like are all the stories about her boobs. All the songs, I mean, about her boobs. 

There’s plenty of those.

But yeah, yeah, the spoilers. I got busted doing some spoilers, too. 

What did you spoil?

I said R.I.P. Shane on a tweet. Like—

I hate that, man!

But it aired here, and I figured it aired everywhere and it didn’t in other countries. And so just, I got bombarded

You know on Sons of Anarchy, the season has been spoils for me, but the R.I.P. and the character name, I’m just like— You know, you can do it cause you’re on the show, but assholes out there—

That was an asshole move, I totally am an asshole.

Stop doing R.I.P. to a character name. 

Well, I stay off of Twitter until I’ve seen the episode, because I know somebody wants to fuck with me, they’re gonna tell me something and I’m gonna read it and go “Uuugh!” And I like to block people anyway.

Totally, totally. 

You know, speaking of Twitter, it’s a thing i’ve been doing, I just started, I do the best zombie kill of the week. Glenn won with week with the slap through the head, the chop through the head—

Oh man, what about the flying, my flying—

It was a tough decision!

Now do you get to come up with some of those, or do they—

Actually Mike, our cameraman came up with that, on the spot. 

That was pretty sweet. It was great. 

I just did my best kill recently in an episode. I can’t tell you what it was, but it involved one arrow, two heads, and a knife. It was awesome. 

Spoiler alert. 

It was awesome. 

We know everyone’s not going to make it to the end of the season,

No, you’re right.

I’m not gonna - I would ask who, but these guys won’t let me do that - but I will ask maybe percentages or something like that? Are we gonna see a couple go, are we gonna see half. I mean, if you had to guess. 

It’s not— He said earlier, it’s not about the people dying, John, why’d you—

No, it’s a simple question, he can answer it. 

It’s about survival. 

Less than 6. 


How’s that?

Less than 6. It’s cool. 

You know it’s my favorite job in the world, I’m pretty sure they’re tracking me from satellite right now, you know what I mean?

Alright when we get off the air I’ll ask Norman, that’s fine. But I don’t want to see you go, I don’t want to see Hershel go, I don’t want to see the Asian kid go, I—

Hershel’s done.

Walking Dead, 9 o’clock

What it would have been great after he gets saved and he’s healed and the leg comes back, and then boom. I thought he was gonna get off last week. 

From the knee down turns into a zombie leg. 

Hershel zombie leg.

Well if you listen to Geek Time you know, Walking Dead 9 o’clock, AMC, every episode this season has been better than the next. You know the governor, Merle’s coming to find his brother—

And he’s pissed.

And he’s pissed, and he doesn’t have a hand. It’s gonna be awesome.

He’s got a great little tricked out hand there now.

We can’t wait to see that kill you just told us about and plenty more, and thank you so much. 

Oh, it’s pleasure, it’s a pleasure. Yeah, you guys are awesome. 

Hey, come back, dude.

I would love to. 

You live in New York - you live in Chinatown—

I live in Chinatown.

That’s a weird area, man, with all those things hanging and stuff. Oh man, how do you do that?

It’s a little smelly in the summer.

You got that crossbow, you’ll be okay. Norman Reedus on Geek Time, Howard 101.

Right on.

November, 2012

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Your character has become a fan favorite. How does that feel?

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Its ok we love our little freak!

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Norman Reedus Says He’s ‘Not Very Ass Kicker-ish’

Give Daryl Dixon a walker and he can take him down with one shot. 

But off-screen, Norman Reedus finally met his match – against a new mattress. 

"I chopped the tip of my finger off the other day and I cried like a baby. I’m a complete wimp," the Walking Dead star told PEOPLE as he picked up the biggest ass-kicker award at Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards Saturday. 

"That’s not very ass kicker-ish, is it?" he jokes of the tough time he had taking the plastic off his bed. "Listen, you can give a crossbow to anybody and they look bad ass." 

Despite Dixon’s loyal, no-nonsense character, Reedus, 45, admits he’s not quite as impressive in real life

"I’ve gotten stitches on the show and real black eyes. I’m more of a klutz, to be honest," he says. 

Following the season four cliffhanger, fans are anxiously anticipating the show’s return in the fall. But not everyone has stayed loyal throughout the hiatus – including Reedus’s 14-year-old son Mingus. 

"I went through his closet with him recently. We were downsizing and thinking what we could get rid of," he says. "He made a huge pile of Daryl Dixon clothes. And I was like, ‘Really? You’re going to throw them away?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I’m my own guy now.’ " 

Although he may no longer be channeling his dad’s character, Mingus is still showing plenty of interest in the hit show. “He wants to be a director now. He watches the show and dissects it – he tells me what I should have done,” Reedus shares. 

But the proud father still manages to get in the last laugh. “He has an amp and guitar next to his bed. So I wake him up with crazy loud feedback. I jam out and he looks at me like ‘Oh God, Dad, put it down. Not again,’ ” he jokes, adding he’s the “coolest kid I’ve ever met.”

June 8, 2014 

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Norman Reedus: GQ Fashion 2013
posting myself because…..Reedus :)

Transcript of text can be found here (this is a scan from the magazine itself, the other is the iPad version).


Norman Reedus: GQ Fashion 2013

posting myself because…..Reedus :)

Transcript of text can be found here (this is a scan from the magazine itself, the other is the iPad version).

Posted 4 months ago


Nylon Guys Feb / March 2014 Norman Reedus

If the pics shouldn’t open in original size here’s a link to the files in 1920x1080  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/fxagh8yjf6bqiic/CuqueNbvPy

NORMAN REEDUS, with his chin stubble and disheveled curtain of auburn hair, is best known for using a Horton Scout HD 125 crossbow to slaughter zombies on the AMC hit The Walking Dead. So you would be forgiven if you showed surprise that he has, at the ready. a collection of personal kindness-to-animal stories. Reedus, the subtle genius behind the show’s infamous Daryl Dixon character, it seems, has an endearing love for furry critters.

In one short snippet of oonversation, Reedus tells me that he bought his tricked-out Jeep Wrangler when his cat was too freaked to fly. He spotted the Jeep at a used car lot near the Newark airport, put it on his credit card, and drove all the way from New York to the set of The Walking Dead, about 50 miles south of Atlanta. Lucky cat.

Then, while in Georgia, he saved a deer’s life.

"That really was a heartbreaker," he says. "There are deer everywhere down there. The woods are thick with ‘em!" So thick, in tact, that he hit one while driving home from a long day on set. "It was just a baby!‘ He stops and flips the hair out of his eyes. "What’s it called? A fawn. That’s right. Anyway, this fawn ran into the side of the Jeep and it was still alive, so I picked it up and drove all over looking for an animal hospital that wouldn’t kill it. I kept saying, ‘I want to save it, not kill it.‘ It’s not an easy task." Now, when he rides his Triumph Scrambler motorcycle—bikes are his first true love—through the rhododendron groves and oak stands surrounding the Walking Dead set, he scans the treeline with his sell-described "shifty" eyes, looking for trouble. "I also think of them as beady.“ he says in a voice completely devoid of Daryl’s Georgia drawl. “They’re the eyes of a villain."

REEDUS’S LOOK IS A LOT MORE SEASONED TODAY than it was when he played Murphy MacManus in the blood-spattered avenge-flick The Boondock Saints, way back in 1999. Now 45, he still has the lanky, ropey physique of a twentysomething. He’s also on the rising curve of what looks like stratospheric cable TV fame. His portrayal of crusty redneck Daryl is a fan favorite on The Walking Dead, which returns this month as the highest-rated cable show in the history of television.

You won’t find Reedus or Andrew Lincoln or Steven Yeun or any of the other stars of The Walking Dead in a spread in Vanity Fair. They aren’t the talk of the artsy intelligentsia. Around the media water cooler. shows like Breaking Bad—another AMC drama that trucked in its own type of zombification—and Downton Abbey monopolize the conversation, even though Breaking Bad’s series finale was watched by five million fewer people than the average Walking Dead episode. Like it or not, this is the series that America has chosen to love most. Impossibly, December’s biting midseason finale beat the NFL’s featured Sunday night game. Beat the NFL? That’s blood on the floor.

"Go figure!‘ says Reedus. “I don’t know what it is exactly about this show that first struck a chord. l think a lot of it is the amazing work that the crew does on the zombies. That is art right there. But there’s something more to it."

The closest competition on the cable dial is Duck Dynasty, the story of the bearded, backwoods Robertson family. who have earned a fortune manufacturing duck calls. Just a month before Phil Robertson unburdened himself of some homophobic and racist views to a reporter, Reedus was invited to their bayou estate for Thanksgiving. ‘I was surprised to get the invite,‘ he says. ‘But they like our show, and I guess we’re both on popular shows, so it makes sense. Those guys are fun to sit down and eat a meal with. A bunch of weird dudes. Come to think of it, they seemed pretty sophisticated to me. I guess that’s the riddle behind reality TV. I wouldn’t know. I make a living killing zombies!”

A BLIZZARD, THE FIRST OF MANY THIS WINTER, HAS HIT NEW YORK CITY. Reedus has spent four seasons of The Walking Dead sweating in the hot Georgia sun, chasing bad guys, and being chased by worse. But today, the enemy is a driving snow—and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

He parks his Jeep, which has been butchered up by the Teamsters with a chrome cattle-catcher and some killer rims, in front of Five Leaves café in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood. He wears the fur-lined hood of his thick, black jacket up, and puts on Wayfarers to blend in.

‘I used to have a girlfriend who lived near here,‘ says Reedus, pointing across a small park. He gestures toward the storefront of a grimy driving school. “This is one of those places where the guy knows a guy who knows a guy who runs the DMV. They can do anything.”

Inside, the smell of stale nicotine triggers Reedus to remove a pack of Parliaments from one of his jacket’s many pockets and tap a cigarette on the countertop. He has come prepared: He pulls out a recycled FedEx envelope from another pocket. Stuffed inside are crumpled car registration photocopies and Georgia DMV documents. He dumps them on the countertop and smooths out the papers. “I don’t know what to say.” he tells the woman behind the desk. “This is all pretty messy, but I have a Georgia license and l want to change it to New York.’

Remarkably, Reedus didn’t get a driver’s license until he had to move to Georgia for the start of The Walking Dead. Before that, living in Los Angeles and Spain and Japan. he’d always ridden motorcycles without one. “I used to tempt fate.‘ he says, grinning.

The driving school clerk shuttles through his papers, then looks at him and smiles. ‘I remember you!‘ she says.

‘Yeah, I’ve been here before.”

‘I’m sure this is something I can help you with,‘ she says, fluttering her eyelids.

“NORMAN IS THE BOY THAT WOMEN WANT TO RESCUE.” Says Gale Anne Hurd, The Walking Dead’s executive producer. She‘s really referring to Daryl, but Reedus and his character sometimes seem, at their core, interchangeable. “He isn‘t easy to get to know. We’re a society where you can meet a stranger and within five minutes you know everything about him. Norman doesn’t trust easily. He is so damaged, deep down. He has a brusque or silent exterior; you just know he has a heart of gold.‘

Reedus would never cop to being all that damaged. He sits at the bar of the crowded cale and unzips his jacket, revealing a black cord sweater underneath. The room ripples with recognition, and the guy sitting nearby reaches out his tattooed arm and asks to shake his hand. He complies with an easygoing smile, then orders an egg sandwich and a coffee. ln a bit of star-spotting irony, Michael K. Williams, who played Omar on HBO‘s The Wire, sits unmolested at the other end of the bar throughout lunch, while a steady march ol superfans approach Reedus for pictures and a quick chat. Each time, he obliges.

“I had a blast growing up!’ Reedus says of his early life. “I lived all over the place. I was a wild child.” He was born in Hollywood, Florida, and his family broke apart soon alter. He and his mother passed through Texas, Oklahoma, some other places he can barely remember. His mother was the dominant figure in his youth—one of those badass moms that seem to have superpowers.

"My mother has done everything," says Reedus. "She’s run businesses, waited tables, she’s been a Playboy Bunny. She just finished teaching high school in Kurdistan. She spent several years there and did a lot of good. She even started taking break-dancing classes.“ He swallows a bite of egg sandwich and continues. “She is easily the most amazing woman I’ve ever known. I mean, except for my grandmother, who’s a force of nature.”

When he was a teenager. Reedus became obsessed with tennis. “I studied with a coach who approached me at a tournament and offered to train me because he thought I had potential,” he says. “He came to my house, spoke with my mom, and that was that. I was off!‘ Reedus dropped out of high school and took to the road. “I was good, man,” he says. ‘I played the junior tour circuit, against guys who had all the fancy equipment and the shoes and everything. I was in, like, basketball shoes and had a toy racket. l was surprised l made it as far as I did.” He eventually stopped when he was injured, and realized he didn’t think his destiny involved a serve and volley. He didn’t think it involved a crossbow either, but that’s the way things landed.

ON THE SET OF THE WALKING DEAD, REEDUS GOT CLOSE WITH SCOTT Wilson, the silver-haired éminenoe grise who played the sage veterinarian-farmer Hershel Greene until the Governor (spoiler alert) removed his head in December‘s midseason finale. Tonight, Reedus will go home to his SoHo loft, where his 13-year-old son (with supermodel Helena Christensen, whom he dated for live years) is hanging with three friends and the housekeeper, and prepare dinner for Wilson, who’s bunking in his guest room.

"Funny piece of trivia about Scott," says Reedus. “He was the first and second person to flip the bird on the silver screen. It was in In Cold Blood. That guy is such a badass." After dinner, they’re going to a Queens of the Stone Age show at Barclays Center. The following night Wilson will be his guest at a tribute to Lou Reed, one of Reedus‘s heroes.

"Norman is an artist, simple as that," confirms Wilson of his friend and former colleague. “I’m just a spectator in the series now, but we all really watched Norman take Daryl in such a fascinating and subtle direction. He took an artist’s approach to this. Nothing about Daryl was expected." 

Reedus actually is an artist, and recently released a book of photography called The Sun’s Coming Up…Like a Big Bald Head, a title fittingly borrowed, with permission, from a song by Laurie Anderson, Reed’s widow.

Reedus lived it New York City in the ’90s and opened an art gallery with local, soon-to-be-luminaries. “It was called Collective Hardware,” he explains. Ilt was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. We had local artists, but the quality was there, you know?” Over the years. his partners included Erik Foss, Paul Sevigny, Tate Steinsiek, and the late Ronnie Cutrone.

"I had already spent years bouncing around the globe," he says. “I was living in Japan, where I met a girl. Then we moved to Sitges. a really cool little artist’s haven clown the coast from Barcelona. When that didn’t work out, I decided to hit Los Angeles. That’s where my career began!‘

According to legend, Reedus was “discovered” by an agent while in the midst of a drunken rant at a pool party in the Hollywood Hills. “Evidently, talent agents like people who make a splash,” he jokes. When pressed about the veracity of the tale, he offers: “Yeah, it might be true. Anything could have happened back then. I was a very different person.”

THAT DOESN’T MEAN HE CAN’T STlLL ACCESS THAT CRAZY SIDE when he wants to. Over the course of his career, Reedus has appeared in 42 films and TV shows. In 39 of them, he has killed someone. The most interesting fact isn’t the sheer quantity—surely the slaughtered zombies from The Walking Dead alone number in the thousands—it’s that Reedus has that figure at his fingertips. He revels in it.

‘I was bom to play the bad guy, I guess,’ he says. A fan comes by with a camera and takes an abrupt selfie with Reedus strategically in frame, an obnoxious modem phenomenon that he laughs off. ‘I have a suspicious look to me,” he continues. “Plus, I think a lot about the reasons people fight. Their back is against the wall; they’re bullied; they’re angry.‘ This is how Reedus approaches Dary;. He’s a good guy inside, but his back is always against the wall. That’s where he derives that good ol‘ redneck resourcefulness.

It’s also why Reedus is reluctant to let Daryl have a love interest on the show. He came close with the battered wife Carol. played by Melissa McBride- “damaged people gravitate toward damaged people,” Reedus says-but he has resisted the occasional plotting of the producers to toss him in the sack with a co-star. “Sometimes they suggest this or that, but if Daryl’s going to get busy with another character it has to be just right,” he says. Reedus gives them credit for letting him make the calls sometimes: “The producers are smart, man. Smart enough to know that Daryl can’t have the kind of love interest that you might think. I feel pretty strongly about it.’

His instincts concerning Daryl are so keen that he is the subject of adoration on most Walking Dead fansites. In fact, there are now 11 Daryl Dixon action figures. He pulls up a picture of the latest on his phone. “That may be the most bizarre part of all of this,” he says. ‘I don’t think any actor ever envisions being an action figure. It’s one of those Hollywood bonuses no one tells you about.”

REEDUS TAKES A LONG SWIG OF HIS SECOND sip of coffee and washes clown the last bite of his egg sandwich. Then he turns to that guy next to him and wishes him a happy snowstorm. The guy invites him to his new bar a couple blocks away. “Maybe,” Reedus avers. ‘I don’t really live around here, but if l‘m it the neighborhood, sure.”

Outside, the snow is still falling, so he pulls up his fur hood and dons his Wayfarers. He stops beside his Jeep and readies for an orange citation tucked under the windshield wiper. It’s a no-parking zone.

“I always get tickets, man,” he says, shrugging. “That’s why I waited so long to get a driver’s license!”

February 2014