You’ll want to send it to his manager’s office in California,
c/o JoAnne Colonna
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
9150 Wilshire Blvd. Ste.350
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Design Bureau, September/October 2011
(Transcribed by @StalkingReedus)
I like people that push the envelope, and I think that is sort of the point of art: to do things that make people talk. All my favorite artists have done that. You know, when you have Will Smith rapping about making your bed and brushing your teeth, that doesn’t really do much.
I always wanted the quiet life of a painter, and just live in a house somewhere with a bunch of old trees and cats running around. That’s kind of my goal.
I’ve done artwork my whole life. I’ve done shows of video installation. I’ve done shows as a photographer and painter. I’ve cut rock, wood, and done sculptures in lots of different media. I made an eight-pound, polyurethane-foam, life-size statue of myself, put it in a Plexiglas box, and filled it with rats.
To be in from to the camera is a different sort of criticism. You can do a show as a painter, and you can put paintings up on the wall and blend in with the crowd. If someone takes a picture of you, they’ll say “Oh, it’s a beautiful picture,” but the first thing that comes to mind is, “His haircut is fucked up,” or “Why is he wearing that outfit?,” or “I remember him back four years ago, he had hair like…” It’s the nature of the game. I’m sure when Salvador Dali came out, people probably threw rocks at his house.
Some of my favorite photos are taken on sets and on location of people that I’m working with. You get to go into a world that is beautifully lit, with strange circumstances and people who are hired for what they look like. You get all these opportunities that you wouldn’t always get if you were just walking home from the corner store.
I am inspired by laughter, mistakes, laughing at mistakes, animals, Sonic Youth, boobs, and almost everybody.
Norman Reedus is an actor currently starring in the AMC drama The Walking Dead. He is well known for a variety of film roles, including The Boondock Saints and Blade II. Off screen, Reedus is a voracious photographer and has captured a wide variety of subjects, from his colleagues on set, to Russian prisoners, to his family and his cats.
You’ll want to send it to his manager’s office in California,
c/o JoAnne Colonna
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
9150 Wilshire Blvd. Ste.350
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
So sorry, I don’t know exact times. I’d assume a bit after they initially open the con, plus possibly a bit after it ends (though he most likely won’t stay late on Sunday, as he’ll have a plane to catch back to Georgia). They’re usually there for the entire day. Sean Clark, his handler (@malfuncsean) might know more!
Dead Dave’s Interview with Norman Reedus, Part 7
May 15, 2011
Thank you for joining us.
You’re welcome, man.
I mean, we got about another 10 minutes left of the show here, so Flanery fans, we got the Boondock brothers in the house here, right now. Sean, when I went on your profile on IMDB, I knew you worked with like Boondocks and all that, and then I looked and I was like “He was Jeremy from Powder.”
He was awesome, man
A lot of people don’t even know that character’s name! That’s funny. Yeah, Jeremy Reed, yeah, yeah.
Well, it’s very— I mean, that’s such an underrated film, it was such a great, great, great, great, great movie, and I think it was more about realizing human potential. There’s definitely big meaning in that.
I appreciate it, one of my favorite films by far.
Since I have both of you on the show here, thank you so much for calling in, and being part of the show with Norman.
Like I said, my nephew is in the military, really, really enjoys both your work in Boondock Saints, huge fan, and it’s a great opportunity to have both you on here. Now that I have both of you, what is your favorite moment together with the Boondocks? Are there any blooper reels or anything like that, that the fans should know about, or somewhere where they can find these kinds of things?
You know what, half of the bloopers, it’s like the funniest stuff are not even in the extras on the DVD, I think Norman would agree, it’s like
Because Boondock, the movie, it’s like a boys’ club. We’re not very politically correct, I mean we go against the grain on pretty much everything. And so there’s cameras flying around, to try and capture some random things, whether we’re driving to set with Billy Connolly in the van…
You’re going in and out, Sean.
Oh, hey, sorry about that.
Yeah, I can hear you now.
There’s all kind of stuff that didn’t make it to the DVD extras. I mean, just, it’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime flicks where like everybody on the movie is really cool. To get to work with the kind like Reedus, it’s like, after 10 years down the line, it’s a no brainer. It’s like yeah, of course I’d work with that cat again. He’s a buddy, he’s a good friend, he’s just a good, solid dude to work with, so we have a good time. On set, off set, period.
Well, it’s funny because—
Norman, you don’t really have a choice whether you want to work with Sean or not, because he could probably whoop your ass, right?
Sean, Sean would beat me to a pulp. Sean’s a ninja. He’d kick my ass.
You guys don’t know the fierceness that is Norman Reedus, come on.
Well, I mean, with your background, you have a black belt in karate, you have a black belt in jiu jitsu, which he got under Sean Williams, correct?
That is correct, yes.
And with all this martial arts training and all that, I’m sure it helps condition for your roles and stuff that you do, but is there any thought of entering any kind of like amateur fighting thing, or do anything like that? Other than the obvious, that that would definitely — if you got messed up in the face, your career might take a different turn in the acting field. Where’s your motivation, for as far as your martial arts background?
I’ve been in martial arts since I was 9-years-old, but I did a couple of tiny little local events back in 2000, I believe it was? But that was my only foray into that, and I’ve done a string of tournaments, I still compete actively today. As a matter of fact, I just got back from a tournament, just coaching some of my students today, so it’s a huge part of my life, but make no mistake, Norman Reedus has a black belt in I-live-in-New-York-City, so, that’s should be lethal in itself, man.
I’ll catch your house on fire, but I’ll run if you—
Exactly. I live in LA, man, it’s just a bunch of woosies. He lives in New York.
Nice. Now, we are ticking down. We have the last 5 minutes of the show. This show always goes incredibly fast when there’s such an admiration for you guys. Before you guys actually go, with the last couple of minutes here, is there anything that you would like to touch on that the fans should know about, any projects, any websites, any passions that you guys have that you would like to relay to the fans?
Yeah, you know what, I sell these three films that I wrote, directed, and shot and edited myself, on www.bigbaldhead.com, and I donate to various charities. We just did Japan, I did Haiti before that, I’m gonna do some stuff for the tornado victims, you know, that I’m passionate about. I still support the West Memphis Three, I still do art shows for, to pay for some of that, yeah, stuff like that. As far as projects and stuff, I just want to get back on The Walking Dead, I got Hello Herman coming out, the Gaga video everybody knows about. But yeah, that’s it for me. I just hope Daryl gets a lot of love this season, and I can stay on that show as long as possible.
You definitely will, I mean your fan base is growing by the minute as far as that show and the Boondocks goes. So, I see great things for you happening.
Cool. Cool, cool, cool.
Sean, what about you, buddy?
While Reedus is busy filming The Walking Dead, I’m gonna be busy watching The Walking Dead, so…
No, I got a— I’m in preproduction on a film called the untitled “Mickey Kelley Project.” It’s a film about a fighter that’s, you know, love, loss… A humanistic story that involves a little bit of fighting, so that’s what’s next on the plate for me.
Yeah, and Sean and I might have a project together soon. [giggles]
Yes, exactly, that’s on the burner as well. I wasn’t gonna spill it, but Reedus—
Yeah, me and Reedus are working on this other thing that’s really, really cool. It’s a really interesting trilogy that has two pretty separate story lines a la Altman, and then they come together in the end and you see how our two characters are kind of intertwined forever. It’s a really, really good story, so I’m super excited about that.
Very cool. Now, for anybody that wants to catch you guys live, I know you got some conventions coming up. One down in Florida and Wizard World in Philly soon. Is there a website that you guys can go to to get more information on those?
You know, a girl that’s wonderful, a friend of ours, Wendy Shepherd, has a couple of things called studiomatrix.com and I think officiallypluggedin.com, and she has a schedule of our events. She also runs Norman’s web page and mine, so it’s normanreedus is it .net, brother, or? R-Reedus? Hello, come in Reedus?
He is there. Norman, you?
SeanFlanery.com, you can check out all the events, or Wendy Shepherd, our friend, has studiomatrix.com or officiallypluggedin.com, she’s got the schedule of events - where we’re going, how long we’re gonna be there, etc.
Alright! Well, we’re down to the last minute. I don’t mean to cut your short, and I appreciate having you on. So if anybody missed today’s show, make sure to go to our website, deaddavesradio.com, and check out the archives show after we’re off the air here. So Sean, please keep us updated on anything you’re doing so we can help you promote any of your projects, same way with you, Norman. And we’re always an open forum, you never have to be invited, so if you ever want to come on and talk about something you got going on, let us know.
Sounds great! And Reedus, I’ll see you in Florida, brother.
I don’t know where he’s at… But thanks so much for tuning in, and this was Dead Dave’s internet radio show, thank you so much guys!
Norman, is that you? Norman? It sounded like him. Okay
Mod Note: Well, it took a few *cough* 7 *cough* months to finish, but we’ve finally transcribed the full podcast from Dead Dave. Most podcasts have short interviews with him and can be done quicker. But much thanks to Dave and his crew for putting together such an awesome interview. Hopefully we can come back and transcribe his 2nd podcast with Reedus. Until then, check out his site and give him some love.
Here’s my interview with Norman Reedus aka Daryl from The Walking Dead. I don’t know if a sexier voice exists. We talk zombies eating donuts, our mutual love for Simon Pegg (duh!), squirrels, Lady Gaga, throwing sushi (this might be one of my favorite stories ever), and he sings!
Norman Reedus, hello!
How are you?
I’m so good.
Yeah, uhm Walking Dead kickin’ ass! I love it.
Yeah, me too.
I’m a little bit obsessed -I read the books, obviously. So, that’s probably something..Do people start sentences to you “Well, I read the books…” and you’re like Oh, where’s this going?
Quite a bit. Yeah, but see I’m not in the books. So they can’t really talk to me about… Yeah I started looking at the books when we first got there and then I just put them down. It’s its own animal now, it’s not even the same.
It’s its own dead animal, really.
Yeah, totally. It’s own roadkill.
What was interesting that I saw that was on the Talking Dead actually, was when Dave Novarro was saying like “Where’s all the zombies! I want to see more zombies!” Is that a guy thing? Because, I’m sort of more interested in -I don’t even care if I never see another one. I’m interested in how these characters are reacting to the way that the world is.
Right. First off, how dope is Dave Novarro for knowing our show? That dude knows our show. Jane’s Addiction is one of my favorite bands of all time, and the Chili Peppers. Like all the things he’s done.
He was all about it too. He wasn’t like ‘I’ve seen an episode..’ He was like, obsessed with it.
And he was sort of poking Glenn too like “What’s up. What’s up.” Which I loved. Like Glenn said on the show, we pick and choose our zombies. If it was zombies every five seconds then it would be a video game. So, and the show is really about the characters and what they go through.
Is there anything from the books that either you read or that people -whether your fellow actors or anyone that’s involved with the show, not so much the fans, that are like “This has to happen.” I mean, you know the word Governor comes up a lot. But is there anything that you specifically really want to see come to life?
Uh, you know there’s a lot of good characters coming. Like, in the book there’s the Governor, there’s Michonne, there’s some real badass characters coming. It’s weird because they have to come on like a comic book hero, but without the cape flying in the air behind them. So, I don’t know there’s certain things about the comic book that I’m glad that we didn’t do. Then there’s certain characters in the comic book I can’t wait to meet.
Is it weird that I call them zombies? I’m just so used to that. Do I need to be correct and say walkers?
No, I think the reason we don’t call them zombies is because, we’re supposed to have never seen them before. It’s like Oh, Draculas! You know what I mean, you wouldn’t say that. I liked how thetwo guys that got shot called them roamers. Everyone’s got their little names for them so…
Is it weird when the people are on set in the makeup, are you guys just at lunch and they are just eating like regular people and you’re like ‘This is tripping me out.’
A little bit but, you get used to it. They’ll be over there with a donut in their mouth.
Not somebody else’ arm.
I know a few of them have Tweeted or Facebook’d or whatever some behind the scenes photos I think they weren’t supposed to.
So I think security is going to be a big deal this year, for sure. It’s fun. A lot of them are like '…Can I get a picture with you?' and I’m like Dude, we’re on a show together…camera phone picture. But, it’s fun too. The way that Greg Nicotero -who just won a writing award for his webisode series- Congratulations, Greg.
Shoutout. But, the way he does them, you can really -you can see them having a donut and saying hi to you and so forth. Then they yell Action you really see the sick, lost person behind the zombie, you know what I mean. That’s how good the makeup is. When you are working with them it feels real and you feel bad for them, even. Which is what I like about them, they’re not just bloodthirsty monsters coming at you. They’re sick people, like Hershel thought. So, I think that makes it much more interesting.
Simon Pegg was here a couple of…
I love Simon! I just met Simon! He’s rad.
Isn’t he just like the best ever?
He’s so cool.
He brought up something. I read his book and he talks all about zombies because of Shaun of the Dead and stuff. We were talking about Walking Dead and he said it’s kind of like when zombies are sort of slow think about when you have a cold. You’re not running at full speed. So you have to think like, these people have beyond a cold, they have a crazy sickness. And I was like oh my god. It blew my mind to think of it that way.
And the thing is, they don’t stop coming.
You know, they don’t get winded.
No, they don’t
No, so that’s another—
Their respiratory system does not matter anymore.
Right, right, right.
I kind of think too, when you’re on set, do they rub you with dirt? Like do they? How do they make you look so…
I actually, I was just saying, I get furious if any of the other actors have more blood or dirt on them than me, at any point in the day. I complain to no end if I’m not the dirtiest, stinkiest, bloodiest one.
You’re just rolling around on the ground…
Yeah, right? I get very upset.
Is that what they do, do they just pick up dirt from the ground and rub it on you, or is it like makeup? Like, I need to know all of behind the scenes.
Well, some of— like in the makeup chair, they’ll put this sort of powdery, dirt-looking dirty dirty stuff on you, but I sometimes will grab a handful when no one’s looking and apply it myself on the way to set, just to dirty myself up a little more.
I like it!
Yeah, you know, or I’ll go touch something bloody and then touch myself
Just for a little extra decoration… When you do these violent scenes, like when you get shot, or when a walker or something else gets shot, or somebody else has to hit them in the head with an ax, are they fun, or are they just so tricky and technical that it takes a lot of time?
They’re a blast.
Okay, they are!
I feel like I’m 8-years-old, I’m running around just whacking things in the face. Shooting ‘em in the brain, it’s awesome. There is some technical aspects about just selling things, so forth, and we have a really good visual effects team that comes in, and they’ll— if it’s gonna fall to the left— we have this weird sort of, I don’t know if it’s— I don’t know what it’s made out of, but it’s sort of a mirror ball that shoots everything from all these different angles that measures the light and the distance and so forth for certain special effects, which is kind of awesome. So there’s a little technical jive to it, but, I mean, for the most part I’ll swing an ax at someone’s head and have a good time.
So another thing that has sort of come up, Daryl and Carol? Is this a thing? Like what’s happening, a little love connection?
You know, actually, Melissa and I, we’re trying to pitch a second series to come out of this one that is, it’s Daryl and Carol living in Central Park, and it’s all over the paper that squirrels are missing from Central Park, that somehow they’re disappearing. And then there’s a little still that we have set up in the back of the park. You know, an we’ll be sitting on a bench or something, and she’ll be knitting something, and I’ll be cleaning blood off something, and people will go by and go “Excuse me how do you get to uh— fuck it, uh… you know, statue of liberty?” and we’re like “What the fuck you lookin’ at?!” But then we had a little theme song that goes, it goes, “Carol is sterile and Daryl is feral, a match made in hell”
Oh my god
So hopefully someone will pick that up.
When is this gonna be on TV? I cannot wait. At least let’s do a little webisode or something, this has to happen.
Yeah, right? And I’m so lucky, I have so many scenes with her, because she’s so fun to work with.
Do you guys like, it’s sort of like “Aaaand cut” and you’re like, “Alright, let’s grab a beer!” Can you just bounce back from that so quickly?
You know, it seems like it’s harder to bounce back if you don’t know the people you’re working with. I think if you’re angry and hot-headed for half an hour, you kind of wind down a little bit, and you kind of wind up too.
Have we started shooting season 3 yet?
No, I go back…. I guess from mid-April.
So now you’re gonna have to shoot in the summer in Atlanta again? Like, can’t they give you guys a break?
I gotta say, it’s part of the show. Like…
The sweating to death, and the heat, and the exhaustion; it works for our show. We couldn’t shoot this show in Burbank.
Yeah, no you couldn’t.
I prefer it though, to be honest.
Yeah, I have a motorcycle out there, I ride around the country and it’s magic.
Oh, perfect! Speaking of motorcycles, let’s talk about your little appearance in Lady Gaga’s video too.
I have to say, I love her. Lady Gaga’s dope. Watching her work ethic made me feel so insanely lazy.
Well, I mean, it’s 4 o’clock in the morning and they’re like “Okay, get out there, dance with all the girls!” And she’s like just sweating pumping, dancing, and then you know like “Okay, do it with all the guys!” And I’m sitting there just slugging redbulls to keep my eyes open. And then she’s like “Do it yourself” and she’s just on point, that girl. And I really liked her, to be honest, like I really like her personality. I thought she was super sweet.
Was she just a big Walking Dead fan, and that’s how that happened?
She actually does like The Walking Dead!
Yeah. I think we have some mutual friends, she and I, and had some before. She used to go out with a guy that lived— or that worked at a bar on the East Village that I’d been to a few times. Actually, last time I was there, I took someone’s sushi off the bar and started throwing it at everybody, then sorta walked out with my fingers in the air.
Just cause I just couldn’t handle it. So I just started pelting everybody with this dude’s sushi, and he was like “That’s my lunch!” And I was like—
Not anymore, bro
Yeah, I was like you take your hipster vibe and… duck. But in all honesty, everybody at that bar was cool too… But, I like her, I really do.
I love that you’ve modeled and stuff too, cause when you think of Daryl, obviously super manly and rugged, but the character Daryl would never be a model, so I love that.
I did the Prada campaign ages ago. I remember at the time, my manager was like “Oh, you have this offer to do Prada” and I was like “What the fuck is Prada?” And at that time I had the one suit that me and my five friends shared. And they were like “Oh we’ll pay you this much, this amount of money, we’ll take you to Paris.” I was like “Fuck yeah, let’s do this!” But they’ve always been really nice to me, given me clothes to wear for certain things, and it was a good gig, actually. But yeah, I’m 5’4” and I have a pot belly and I drink beer. I don’t really fit.. I don’t really fit the model.
No way. No way, that’s amazing. So we’ll see Daryl in some Prada coming up soon.
Right? The new squirrel line.
Ripped off, ripped off at the sleeves… I look forward to seeing that.
I would love it if they did that.
I did this one film, early on, and I had sex with this girl in a house of mirrors, in a carnival against a wall. Her fiance/boyfriend showed up that day. So he’s standing there behind the camera , and I’m sort of with my back to the camera, and I’m looking at her face, and I can see how nervous she is. And, she was super hot. I was not trying to cross any lines that weren’t supposed to be crossed, but the fact that she was so nervous turned me on, and it just kind of made it real sexy for me. It became like a threeway with 40 people in the room. It made her like shake and nervous, and it just made it sexy as hell. [laughs] I think I’m damaged already as hell.
It’s from an audio interview that we haven’t had a change to transcribe, but here’s the link to it (Originally on Howard 101)! It’s one of the many that’s sitting in our drafts folder, waiting to be worked on :)
Also, fun fact: her boyfriend (now husband and father to their children) is Patrick Wilson (I know him as Raoul from the Phantom of the Opera movie).
SUPERMODEL Helena Christensen will marry boyfriend Norman Reedus this year, according to the American actor.
The couple have a two-year-old son, Mingus (named after legendary jazzman Charles Mingus) - but, earlier this year, Helena claimed she and Norman were happy as they were.
Norman, 32, who’s appeared in Mimic, The Boondock Saints and Gossip says the feeling’s changed.
He told 192: “We’re definitely going to get married - this year.
"We’ve been together so long we’re married right now, basically. I’d love to have more kids. I’d love to have a little girl."
The couple met in 1998 at a dinner party, but kept their romance secret for a year - only revealing all when Mingus was on the way.
Before they got together she’d dated Michael Hutchence and he’d dated model Bridget Hall.
After the birth of Mingus, Helena admitted it was hard work and understood why some couples split after their child was born.
But, for the last year, she’s been dropping hints she and Norman are ready to get hitched.
Norman, who splits his time with the family between New York, Los Angeles and Copenhagen admits the biggest surprise about fatherhood is how quickly he and Helena worked their busy lives around Mingus.
He said: “I suppose the biggest change is how much time and devotion you take from yourself and put in other areas.
"Before I had Mingus I pretty much made all my decisions around myself. Now I have to schedule everything around his nap and dinner time."
Norman left home at age 12 and lived in London and Japan.
Prior to getting his first acting roles, he was earning about pounds 5 an hour working in a motorcycle shop in Venice, California.
After small parts in movies such as Mimic he was chosen as a model for Prada - but Blade 2, which also stars WesleySnipes and Kris Kirstofferson, will push him into a higher league.
He said: “I play Scud. In the first Blade it’s implied that he dies and I sort of take his spot.
"I build the weapons and play Wesley’s right hand man.
"I had to do a body cast because I explode at the end of the movie, so I had to make a few life-sized puppets of me.
There’s also a scene in the movie where I get mauled by two vampires.” For Blade 2, which is out on March 29, he did many of the stunts when filming in Prague.
Norman said: “I’ve had to do a few. The first one I had to go from a ceiling of about 40 feet and do a backflip. It’s a good move.”
Helena and Mingus came to visit in Prague - and took the spotlight from the supermodel and Hollywood actors.
Norman laughed: “He was great. He was running around screaming and we’d all go, ‘Shhh!”
The actor admits fatherhood hasn’t changed what roles he chooses - but appearing in The Boondock Saints - still plays with his conscience to this day.
He revealed: “I did a movie called Boondock Saints, which was finished right around the time of the Columbine shootings in Colorado and we got a bit of flak for that.
"But my little brother went to school dressed as one of the Boondock Saints and as he was walking out the door he had a little water pistol and my mom tackled him on the way out the door.
" I’ve just been thinking about it since that day."
Norman’s first screen kiss was with Debbie Harry and his second was with Alan Rickman - but he admits Helena doesn’t get jealous when he’s doing sex scenes in the movies.
He said: “The thing with intimate scenes is, they’re so not intimate when you’re doing them.
"They may look cosy and intimate, but there are 200 people standing around you holding lights and picking their nose, so it’s so not sexy when you’re doing it."
With a skyrocketing career, a son and a supermodel girlfriend who is about to become his wife, Norman doesn’t have to worry about being the centre of attraction.
At the premiere of Sunlight Jr. at Tribeca Film Festival 2013 we met the director Laurie Collyer, and Norman Reedus, one of the lead actors. Sunlight Jr. tells the love story of troubled and poor Florida residents Melissa (Naomi Watts) and Richie (Matt Dillon) who have to deal with unexpected pregnancy in the ruins of the American dream. The indie drama is set in sunny Florida and also stars Tess Harper and William Haze.
Laurie, was it challenging for you to both write and direct this movie?
Laurie Collyer: Was it challenging? It’s the most awesome job in the world, I’m privileged.
In Sherrybaby you wrap the story around a heroin-addict mom that just got released from prison, now you tell us about a couple living on the edge of poverty, how did you got interested to shoot movies about the lower class Americans?
LC: I really don’t know the answer of this question, I was actually thinking about it in the cab ride over. Because that’s the thing – if you’re an artist and you have vision it’s not because you’ve analyzed yourself. If you ask my friends they may be able to answer.
So how did you get with the idea about Sunlight Jr.?
LC: I was inspired by the book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich, and for a long time I thought I would make a documentary. Then I woke up one day and I was like “Oh, actually you’re a writer, Laurie”, you can write that story.
Do you see yourself writing a book in the future?
LC: Yeah, I would love to write a novel, but I will think about what when I’m old.
Norman, how did you get into this movie?
Norman Reedus: Laurie contacted me and I had coffee with her in Little Italy and she had this punk-rock t-shirt on and she was just super cool and we had similar taste and I went “hell yeah”.
Can you tell something more about your personage?
NR: I’m a total jerk. I’m the worst. You get to work with Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon, such high-caliber actors and I was just a jerk.
Was it easy to play a jerk or it was difficult?
NR: It wasn’t that hard. What was hard was apologizing for what I was doing: “Sorry Naomi for what I did today, I’m sorry for what I’m gonna do to you tomorrow”, you know what I mean, it was a lot of that.
What did you like about the script?
NR: It’s just real. I like real scripts. It’s a tragedy what happens but it’s life and it’s very much a slice of real life.
What do you admire about Laurie, the director?
NR: She’s got this quality about her that really let you know that she trusts you so you try really hard to do the job right.
April 23, 2013
The “Sunlight Jr.” screening at the Tribeca Film Festival brought out the movie’s star, Norman Reedus, who told us his job on “The Walking Dead” has brought out some crazy fans. “It’s pretty nuts. I got breast implants sent to me,” he told us. “I get a giant box of mail every day.” He also told us that before he made it big, he worked at a motorcycle shop in Venice, Calif. “I didn’t know how to fix a motorcycle. I basically just cleaned up after two giant pit bulls. It wasn’t too bad, those dogs were cute.”
April 22, 2013
(Source: New York Daily News)
“Anti-Heroic” in FilmInk (March, 2013) (Transcript via @StalkingReedus)
FilmInk sits down and chats with The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus (who plays much loved anti-hero, Daryl Dixon) about playing men on the edge.
By Anthony O’Connor
Norman Reedus plays anti-heroes, and he plays them well. From Murphy MacManus in The Boondock Saints, Scud in Blade 2, Kirby in John Carpenter’s Cigarette Burns (in the critically acclaimed Master of Horror series) and, of course, Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead, Reedus inhabits surly, complicated characters who perform unlikely acts of heroism remarkably well. Daryl Dixon is the crossbow wielding, sarcastic loner in the zombie apocalypse thriller, The Walking Dead. Brother to the extremely unpleasant Merle Dixon (played with relish by Michael Rooker), Daryl has become the series’ most popular character, as evidenced by a swiftly sold out Q&A session with Popcorn Taxi in Sydney, and a devoted online following. Interestingly, Daryl doesn’t feature in the comic book series that the television show is based on, a fact that Reedus believes has made his job easier. “It is easier in a lot of ways,” says Reedus. “At the start, I never really had any conversations about Daryl, so I just ran with that ball. I got the opportunity to mould my storyline.” That said, Reedus would love to be in Robert Kirkman’s wildly popular comic. “I keep telling Robers, ‘What do I have to do to be in your comic? Do I have to sleep with you? Wash your car?,’” he laughs.
On why Daryl has become so popular, Reedus has theories. “It’s a combination of things,” the actor muses. “He’s an interesting character. He’s becoming someone that he wasn’t going to be if this [zombie apocalypse] hadn’t happened. It’s interesting to watch him start relationships with other people that he would never have hung out with, and to do it in an awkward way. People keep saying, ‘Oh, he should have a love interest.’ Well, if that happens, I want to have no game at all. I don’t want to make the first move, and I want it to be awkward.”
There’s a lot of Reedus in Daryl. Not just the shy yet snarky way that he relates to people, but his iconic crossbow and love of archery as well. In a piece of information that is sure to delight fans, Reedus is indeed handy with a crossbow. “I’m really good,” he says. “I practice, and I like doing it.” Reedus then shows off a nasty bruise on his arm. “I actually got this from shooting a longbow in Japan. The string flew back and slapped into me, but I hit the target. I’m good at shooting weapons.”
So why anti-heroes? Is Reedus drawn to those kinds of roles, or are they just the roles that he gets offered? “I was actually asked to do a Jennifer Love Hewitt movie once, Heartbreakers,” Reedus chuckles. “They called me and said, ‘You’ve been offered this movie with Jennifer Love Hewitt.’ And I go, ‘Well… do I kill her?’ And they go, ‘No, you’re her sweet boyfriend.’ And I’m like, ‘No way!’ I just don’t look like that guy. I’m emotionally damaged and awkward enough where something in me makes me right for those anti-hero characters.”
Perhaps the ultimate anti-hero director that Reedus has worked with is the great John Carpenter. “I love John Carpenter, man,” the actor enthuses. “I was in a car crash in Berlin in 2005. I had a titanium eye socket, screws in my nose, and my face was swollen for the longest time. Cigarette Burns was the first thing that I did coming back from that car crash, and I was super nervous. I thought that I looked like The Elephant Man. [Carpenter] talked me through it, and gave me confidence… I owe a lot to John Carpenter. Actually, when I got The Walking Dead, [series creator] Frank Darabont wrote this part, and gave me this part, but he had Greg Nicotero [special effects legend and co-producer on the show] call John to see if I was cool. So in an indirect way, John Carpenter got me The Walking Dead. So I love John, he’s great. He’s one of the coolest guys that I know.”
Reedus is also fond of his TV brother, Michael Rooker. Their relationship isn’t fraught with homicidal sibling rivalry like the show, but it is quite fraternal. “We have lots of dinners together, and he gives me advice. He’s actually one of the sweetest guys.” That said, the star of Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer is certainly intense. “He has his own gun range in California. He’s hardcore, and he’s a really great actor. He’s super interesting.”
What happens next for the brothers Dixon will be revealed in the second half of Season 3, which is airing now in Australia on FX. Reedus promises that it will be worth the mid-season hiatus. “Just wait,” he laughs. “It gets crazy.” But as numerous internet memes and T-shirts have claimed: “If Daryl dies, we riot!” Hopefully, for the sake of society, he’ll live to be a complicated anti-hero another day.
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Norman Reedus plays the role of Daryl Dixon on the AMC hit show “The Walking Dead”. In our interview he talks about how he got into acting, what he likes about Daryl, what he hopes for his charakter and how the actors react to the walkers on set.
1. How did you get into acting?
I followed a girl to Los Angeles and was immediately dumped. I got a job at a motorcycle shop in Venice called “Dr. Carls Hog Hospital”. The day I quit that job a friend took me to a party up in the hills, a movie people party. I drank way too much and started screaming at the party from the second story of the living room with these giant sunglasses on, someone asked if I wanted to be in a play and took me for pizza to talk about it. They told me I would get paid so I did it. The first night of the play a wonderful angel of a woman, who was an agent saw me and side pocketed me. Hip pocketed me. Whatever you call that and then I booked some stuff and kept running ever since.
2. Your “The Walking Dead” character Daryl does not appear in the comics. How do you prepare for the part and does Kirkman give you something to work with?
Well, when I first started I hadn’t really had any conversations about Daryl with anyone, so I kinda knew where I wanted to go with Daryl or had hoped to take him anyway and tried to give him some redeeming qualities. Still a kid that lost everything and that included his mean ass brother. As much of a jerk Merle is he’s still my brother. The writers and producers on the show are still helping me mold him in to someone we can watch grow, someone who doesn’t know who he is completely, he doesn’t know how to deal with people so much. I don’t think he ever even thought about it to be honest, now he’s forced to, to get along. To make it work. It’s interesting I think to watch him figure it out. Everyone helps with all of this. Kirkman, the other cast, the writers, directors. Gale (Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer) etc.. Everyone helps each other, I think we are all honestly invested. Even with each other.
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DARYL Dixon is a fan favourite on The Walking Dead. The crossbow-wielding character is, brought to life by actor Norman Reedus.
Reedus seems to be as dedicated to his fans as they are to him. Every inch of his trailer on The Walking Dead set in Georgia is covered with drawings they’ve sent in, from likenesses to cartoons of Dixon shooting squirrels with his crossbow. He opens his drawers to reveal even more fan gifts he’s stowed away.
Here, Reedus talks about The Walking Dead (Season 3). The finale airs tonight on Fox Movies Premium (Astro Channel 413) and Fox Movies Premium HD (Astro Channel 433) at 11pm.
The casting for season four is now going on in the US.
How do you define your character in season three?
My character is just a fighter, a loyal fighter.
What was the mood of season three, especially with the new setting of the prison?
It has been just frantic panic. Also anger and what we fought for this far being threatened. So our backs are up against the wall and we are ready to swing, so it’s that energy the whole time, and it’s about who can you trust, and who is back stabbing who. It’s hardcore; I have been to the hospital three times this year.
Why were you in hospital?
I tore a rotator cuff in my right shoulder. I twisted my knee really bad last season.
Please elaborate on the prison set itself, it’s pretty impressive.
Just for us behind the scenes, you see how much work they put into building that thing, which should be in the Louvre! Every little inch of that is so perfect so you have every department on the show giving 110 per cent.
Dixon’s relationship with Carol (Melissa McBride) has taken a new level?
Yes, I like that relationship. I have been lucky enough to have a lot of one-on-one scenes with Melissa, because she is such a fine actress.
What do you think of the gore factor this season?
It’s even gorier.
Is it odd that you have your New York life and then you come down here for six months and have a Southern life?
Super weird. Actually when I go to New York, I just want to come back to Georgia.
Since starring in this show, how do people react to you on the street?
There is a big fan base for the show and people have always said positive things about the show.
Do you let your son watch The Walking Dead?
It’s funny, the first season he wouldn’t watch it, he was terrified. He was a little bit young but he’s 12 now. The second season he watched through his fingers. But in the middle of the second season I went to pick him up from school one day and he was sitting in the playground with this huge smile on his face. So I walked up and said, “So, what’s the smile about?” He went, “Some of the bigger kids at school said, ‘Is your dad Daryl Dixon?’” He was like, “Yeah.” “We love Daryl!” So he got some big kid love at school and now he’s totally into it, he loves the show.
There’s a lot of love for Dixon.
I’m not that interesting. I think the character is pretty interesting. I’m nowhere as cool as Dixon. It’s hard not to look cool with a crossbow, you know what I mean. It helps.
You seem to have a special connection with fans. Steven (Yeun) said you get way more fan mail than he does. Why do you think that is?
I don’t know. I’m always very appreciative of fans. It’s weird. You go away from home and you do this job, keeping in contact with people, even those you don’t really know, they’re supporting you.
How do you deal with the fact that this show is not afraid to kill off central characters? Does it make you feel a little insecure?
Yes, every time I get a script, I flip through it as fast as I can. I think we all do that. To be honest, I think maybe even Andy (Lincoln) might think he might die, every once in a while. They can kill off anybody they want at any time. It’s sad when somebody goes because this is sort of my first adventure into television and you hear those stories, “Oh it’s like a big family…” Actually, it
Do you think you’d make a good zombie?
No! Would I say ‘yes’ and give any of the writers any ideas? No, it would be awful. I would suck.
April 7, 2013