Interview from Gore Noir with Norman Reedus, Issue 5
So on top of your performances in Boondock Saints movies we’ve just added all around zombie killing bad ass in The Walking Dead.. Do these directors just let you write your own part or what? You’re like “So here’s where I kill all the zombies while everyone else just stares in awe” right? Haha!
Ha! Well I guess I’ve been pretty lucky with some of the roles I’ve gotten. I’m really enjoying The Walking Dead. My favorite job to date by far.
Before you got the role in Walking Dead were you a big fan of the zombie genre or were there just a few movies you liked and you could take it or leave it?
No I’ve always loved horror. I’ve had some really fortunate opportunities to work with some great directors. John Carpenter, Guillermo Del Toro, etc. Being on set with them and watching them work has been a real treat. Seeing where their minds are going, or at least pretending I see where they’re going. And on Walking Dead with this crew, it’s pretty suck to see how far they all take it. A lot of fun for sure.
I’d love to see John Carpenter and Mr. Del Toro work.. You are definitely a lucky man! What are some of your favorite horror films that you’ve seen lately and of all time?
It’s not really a horror movie per say, but I really liked Sleeping Beauty. Yeah, I said it. I think it was the way it was shot and acted. Everyone was so good and it was so so different. I loved it. Horror, horror… The first film I ever connected with was The Omen. I would sit in the back of my class as a little kid and stare at my teacher till she froze up and visibly got nervous. At the end of the school year she came up to me and said, “Why do you have me so much?” I almost cried. I said, “No, no, I love you I’m sorry.” But something about making someone so much older than me squirm really got to me. I have to admit.
Alright so we need to talk to Daryl for a bit here.. What the hell happened to Merle? Are you still pissed or what? Planning a coupe here with the whole group? Because in our opinion you need your own spin off show.. “Daryl Zombie Slayer Dixon”
That would be too funny. Melissa and I came up with a spin off idea one day on set. We live in central park. Bloomberg has issued a statement that all the squirrels are mysteriously missing from the park and nobody knows why. Out theme song would go, “Carol is sterile and Daryl is feral, a match.. made.. in hell!” (You gotta sing that bit). But yeah that redneck brother of mine will return eventually. Pissed. And looking to mess shit up. I’m excited, Rooker’s awesome and fun to work with.
Maybe some zombie squirrels then? Or Flying Zombie Squirrels.. that would be hell.. Cross The Walking Dead with Hitchcock’s The Birds.. and you’ve got flying rodents out for blood.. Better get that crossbow ready Norman! Oh I saw a meme on the internet and it was like “Uses crossbow for silent zombie killing.. Rides a loud motorcycle” Have you seen it?
Zombie squirrels? What the hell are you talking bout man, ha. You’re a sick man. Yeah, I saw that bout my motorcycle, I ain’t getting rid of my bike. It’s good on gas and feel safe on that, out in the open where I can see all the dirty zombie freaks and I can get away. It’s a way of life. I ain’t riding in no soccer mom car (no offense to soccer moms, I kind am one).
Alright now back to Norman.. I got to see some of the animatronic zombies and special effects at KNB when I had my visit and interview with Greg (which was awesome by the way.. Ten times more fun than Disneyland). How is it working with the zombies? And do you have any dirt on Greg that we can use for blackmail for our campaign to be a zombie extra?
Greg is pretty badass. He and his team are insane, in the best possible way. One of the things I like about how he does our zombies is you see the sad, lost, sick person behind the monster. You feel bad for it and also wanna smash its face in at the same time. It’s interesting to play sometimes. As far as dirt, none. None at all, gentleman with a heart of gold.
You’re a photographer, an actor, you direct, you’re a painter, I’m probably leaving out 10 other things here.. Is there anything that you’re dying to do that you haven’t yet? Let’s get an abridged version of Mr. Reedus’s bucket list here.
Well there’s a film I’ve been working to direct for like a zillion years. Based on Margo Howard-Howard, and I’m in the process of putting out a book of photographs. I’d like to build a motorcycle from scratch one day. Get some more tattoos and grow a beard (which would take another zillion years).
I was just growing a beard myself.. It’s hard work.. It gets itchy and I just had to shave it off.. I’ve been wanting a handle bar mustache.. They just look distinguished. What are you planning as far as ink goes?
I dunno, I have an idea of a painting my son did for a charity art show I did to raise money for the West Memphis three. He did it when he was five. Was his first art show. Jello Biafra from the Dead Kennedys really liked it. But I got it back. It’s on my wall. It’s called “Mountain Wolf.”
Zombies as a whole are spreading like wildfire.. I’ve seen ice trays that make brain shaped ice cubes for chrissakes.. What do you think the appeal is? Are we all just a bunch of sickos that like seeing rotting bodies?
Yes we are all a bunch of sickos. High fives all around.
So here’s where you dish the gossip on everyone in the Walking Dead.. Who’s a saint and who aint? Who should be a walker already but is still sticking around? We’re kidding of course but really how is it to work with the cast?
These people are all my family. I’d take a bullet for em all. (Mazzara, don’t get any ideas). Seriously though, I hope this lasts for ten years. I like it that much.
Well I think we’d all watch you guys for the next 10 years! (but can zombies live that long?!? haha) It’s been fun watching the dynamic of the group change as people are brought in and others are snacked on by rotting Walkers. How do you prefer your zombies, slow moving menace or fast running corpses?
Laying on the ground.
We here at Gore Noir Mag like to have a bit of fun with our bloody horror.. What’s the use of life and death if you can’t laugh at them right? Shaun of the Dead for example has been listed by a lot of great horror minds as their favorite. Are there any horror comedies that are close to your heart?
I like Shaun of the Dead and really like Simon, I met him through Nicotero. We tweeted the same photo of us together at the same time. Such a cool guy.
Agreed on the high fives for the sickos.. All you have to do is attend a horror convention to see that we all like to indulge in the dark evil aspects of life. I’ve heard you are attending a few of the conventions actually how has that been for you? Any interesting stories?
What happens at conventions stays at conventions. No, I kid. I have fun and I meet some cool people who are really great artists and aren’t afraid to be who they are. I like people like that.
Alright now last question.. We’re all friends here now.. Norman Reedus and Gore Noir have bro’d down and we’ve talked tatts and zombie squirrels and asked you a million questions.. When can we expect you back in our pages? Wanna work on some awesome content for us? We’re an ever evolving magazine and we’d love to have you!
Thank God. (Bro’d down? Ha, come on man). I’m down. Hit me up.
Mr. Reedus definitely ranks up there with one of our most fun interviews. I mean who else out there would be down to talk about zombie squirrels and meme’s of themselves floating around on the internet?
The interview was released March 31, 2013 but was done in 2012. For chronology, all we know is 2012, so that’s what we’ll stick with for chronology!