YRB October 2011 Photoshoot & Interview Source:YRBMagazine
PROFILE: Norman Reedus by DAVID DIEHL Photography by Jason Goodrich
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Norman Reedus is keeping his burgeoning acting career very much alive with his newest role on Walking Dead while moonlighting as Lady Gaga’s Judas.
Many actors devote their career to obtaining awards and stars on the walk of fame. Norman Reedus doesn’t care to walk down that road. His journey hasn’t snagged him any statues yet, but he does have action figures. Comic book characters were created due to personas he has played. Thousands of people have tattooed his portrait on their body. Reedus doesn’t live the life of an A-list Hollywood hunk, but he’s provided committed cult and comic fan bases with gritty crusaders that are true to the cause. He became an icon in his role as Murphy McManus in The Boondock Saints franchise, taking down the bad guys with his fraternal twin brother and the grace of the Lord. And after appearing as the leading male in Lady Gaga’s “Judas” video earlier this year, he’s now preparing to save us from zombies in the much-anticipated second season of The Walking Dead.
YRB: How did you get interested in becoming an actor?
Norman: I followed a girl to Los Angeles, and she ended up hooking up with her ex-boyfriend and then moving to Australia. So I ended up with a job fixing motorcycles for art shows. One day, I left that job and was at a party and got really drunk and was asked to be in a play. Afterwards, I kept in contact and actually did the play. A few people saw me the first couple nights and started to approach me about possibly targeting movies.
YRB: What would you consider your biggest breakthrough in the industry?
Norman: My biggest breakthrough was Boondock Saints. I mean, a lot of people wanted to be in that film. And Troy [Duffy] wanted relatively unknown people. It was 1999, and Troy was screen testing out of his own pocket. Through those screen tests he sold the film to Harvey Weinstein. He even had Harvey buy the bar that he was the bouncer at to solidify the deal. You know, Troy was really great, and this movie really became the biggest break for me. Sean [Patrick Flanery] and I had our screen test at the bar and Troy really liked our chemistry as the brothers. And this is at a time when Miramax wanted Stephen Dorff and Jon Bon Jovi to be the brothers. Crazy, right? But they fought for us; that’s how we did it. With the whole screen testing process at the bar, they believed in us.
YRB: When you were shooting the film, did you ever think it would become such a cult phenomenon?
Norman: No, man, I had no idea. You know, Columbine had recently happened and people were reluctant to touch a film with such righteous violence. Everyone who participated on the film was just like, ‘Oh, well that was fun,’ and that was that. But once it got going, it just kept growing and growing. It became a people’s movie. It’s crazy – I see tattoos on people of Sean and I as the brothers every day. Read the rest of this article…
Norman Talks “TWD” Season 2 at ZomBcon in Seattle Source:CultureMob
It’s a tough nut to crack… getting Norman Reedus to spill the beans on what’s in store for fans of the Emmy nominated show, The Walking Dead – season 2. The star of more than thirty films, including cult fave The Boondock Saints, appeared at Seattle’s ZomBcon this past weekend. Reedus, the featured celeb of the weekend, plays Daryl Dixon on AMC‘s hit show.
At the convention fans were able to get his autograph, attend a drinking party with him and his co-star from The Boondock Saints, Sean Patrick Flanery, as well as sit in on a Q & A panel. Fans could ask the star anything, including what’s going to happen this season on Walking Dead.
As a journalist it’s my job to try and get Reedus to drop some info on what’s next for the survivors; and as a fan of Frank Darabont‘s comic of the same title, and the show, I just want to sit back and watch – without knowing any details.
Let’s face it, do we really want to know or should we wait, and watch what happens on Sunday nights at 9:00pm?
We are up to Episode 3, and the fans are wondering… Do they find the little Sophia? Does Rick’s son die? Does Merle come back? This season we get thirteen episodes as as opposed to the six episodes from Season 1. (They are scheduled to have a break in the middle.)
As a fan, I don’t want to know what happens. I want to watch the show and discover where Frank Darabont‘s vision takes us. Of course, he’s off the show now, but his story and vision go on with cable’s number one, record-setting premiere episode from two weeks ago. Who knew a horror/drama would ever be this popular? AMC is betting on the success of the show – as just announced in a press release today, it has been renewed for Season 3 (after two episodes!). Read the rest of this article…
The actor tells THR how his loner character is evolving and embracing his newfound family.
Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon is The Walking Dead’s a wild card.
The rough-and-tumble character who’s unique to the AMC zombie drama — he’s not featured in Robert Kirkman’s comics — is turning out to be Season 2′s everyman, becoming a de facto leader who quietly looks out for the group.
“Daryl was written as angry, angry, angry,” Reedus tells The Hollywood Reporter, noting that the character grew up learning how to fight and take care of himself under the thumb of his bad-ass brother Merle. “I tried to give Daryl some layers, have him tear up a little bit as he’s throwing squirrels at people and trying to cut people.”
Despite starting the series clashing with Rick (Andrew Lincoln), T-Dog (Robert “IronE” Singleton) and company when the group was forced to leave his racist brother Merle (Michael Rooker) handcuffed to a rooftop in Atlanta, Daryl’s relationship with the gang has changed considerably.
“Daryl can hunt, he can protect you, he’s not afraid of anything, which makes him an asset to the group, but having people in the group tell him he’s valuable and he’s worth more than he thinks he is is hard for him to accept,” Reedus says. “Emotionally, he’s pretty bankrupt, so having him start relationships other than just kill-you, piss-you-off is a difficult part for Daryl; he has a different agenda than everyone else.”
Part of that includes saving T-Dog’s life in the Season 2 opener and, in Sunday’s episode, continuing the search for Carol’s (Melissa McBride) daughter, Sofia (Madison Lintz), as Rick and Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) continue to hold vigil over Carl (Chandler Riggs). Read the rest of this article…
Cabler has given a third-season order to zombie series “The Walking Dead.” Skein came out like gangbusters in its season-two premiere Oct. 16 with 7.3 million overall viewers and 4.8 million in adults 18-49. Total viewers increased from the first-season finale’s 6 million.
Show, which premiered on Halloween in 2010, underwent some adversity between seasons one and two as showrunner Frank Darabont ankled and was replaced by Glen Mazzara.
“Dead” has had an impressive global rollout as well, with Fox Intl. Channels handling the skein’s international second-season preem. According to FIC, the series is shown in 122 countries.
Mazzara exec produces with Darabont, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert.
Next up for AMC is Western “Hell on Wheels,” about the building of the transcontinental railroad. Starring Anson Mount, Colm Meaney and Common, skein is set to launch Nov. 6.
Norman Talks “TWD” – “Who is worth fighting for?” Source:TheInsider.com
Daryl Dixon is a man of few words, but ask actor Norman Reedus to talk about his Walking Dead character, and the conversation becomes a verbose one of deep psychological introspection. So it’s rather apt that season two of AMC’s runaway smash hit is taking a cue from its star by digging into the characters and finding out what makes everyone tick.
And according to Norman, your favorites might not stay that way for long.
That was just one of the revelations I gleamed from my conversation with Norman, who laid out the themes of season two, explained why Daryl continues to work with the group and teased the danger of Merle’s return!
Insider.com: First, I have to talk about last week’s zombie autopsy. How disgusting was that in person?
Norman Reedus: [laughs] Oh, it was definitely gross – they had these tubes inside the body blowing hot air into our faces to replicate what would happen if we really cut a body open. It was exceptionally disgusting.
Insider: That said, the entire cast feels that season two is way more emotionally resonant than season one. Would you agree?
Norman: 100 percent. There are, of course, more disgusting moments in terms of what we do with the zombies, but we get really deep and dark. People start to freak out and alliances form, putting some of our characters at odds with one another in a new way. You see really good people do bad things and really bad people step up and be heroes. It becomes super intense and characters go to places you wouldn’t have expected.
Insider.com: It’s interesting because Daryl really is the only one in the group who could probably survive on his own. Will we begin to understand why he stays with everyone – if he even does?
Norman: Daryl is with the group right now because he needs to stay alive, but you’re right — he’s not emotionally attached. He’s the kind of guy who needs a hug, but if you gave him one, he’d stab you [laughs]. The thing with Daryl is, he’s not a city boy – he lived in the woods. This is kind of his element. But he’s trying to figure out who he is and the group really helps figure out his worth in this world.
Insider: If Daryl is growing, what do you think would happen if he reunited with Merle?
Norman: I think that it’ll be joyous, but there’s so much conflict there. With a big brother like Merle, you can imagine that Daryl was slapped around a lot and really put down. This year we’ll find out some backstory on his family and it’s not good. So to see other characters try to explain that he doesn’t have to be just this racist, red neck, psycho freak is really fascinating. They’re helping him discover his worth, which only makes Daryl freak out even more [laughs]. If he returns, based on what happened in season one, Merle will want to get rid of some people in the group, but they’re the ones that Daryl would fight for. There’s a great story to tell there.
Insider: What season two story are you excited to tell?
Norman: There are certain episodes this season where every single character takes a big right or left turn. A lot of season two is about the alliances, which begs the question: Who is worth fighting for? You’re going to see every character make personal choices and because the writing is so good, you’ll actually feel them go through those motions. Its not just one scene – every single choice is thought out and well-acted. The drama is really at the forefront this season, the zombies are just icing on the cake.
Norman Reedus: I love being on “The Walking Dead” Source:Movie Vine
Actor Norman Reedus stars in the role of Daryl Dixon on AMC’s The Walking Dead zombie television series. He’s also known for his role of Murphy in The Boondock Saints 1 & 2. Read below for an interview with Norman.
Norman Reedus: I love being on The Walking Dead. It’s by far my favorite job I’ve ever been on. The cast is such a close group, we have such a fondness and respect for one another. It’s truly fun everyday. That goes equally for the crew. We love our crew. They help us everyday. The show is all of ours 100%.
Michelle: Do you actually get to shoot the crossbow? If so, was using the crossbow hard to learn?
Norman Reedus: Well, I don’t actually get to live fire the crossbow on a working set. Those shots are done dry firing with digital arrows put in during post. I have gotten to practice with it and I’ve become pretty creative with ways to utilize that thing. And it’s hard not to look cool holding a crossbow. I got pretty lucky with that one.
Michelle: Is it easy playing the Daryl Dixon character?
Norman Reedus: I don’t know if I would say it’s easy per say. He’s complicated. It’s easy to be hotheaded and blunt at times, but trying to find the little moments to show why or what’s made him this way is more interesting to me. The between the lines sometimes makes the actual lines more important I think. I do like that hillbilly though, he’s loveable in an unlovable way.
Michelle: How do you feel about having an action figure made out in the image of your Daryl Dixon character?
Norman Reedus: Have you seen them? They are so good. Those guys are artists. Really looks exactly like me. It’s almost creepy. They seriously did such a good job. I like it. My son has one now. Hopefully he will melt it and I catch him doing it. That would be funny.
Michelle: Which job do you like that best; being an actor or being an artist?
Norman Reedus: Well hmm. They are pretty similar I think sometimes. Sometimes not at all. I like em both. I used to sort of be embarrassed about being an actor. I guess I wasn’t confident enough then. Maybe I’m still not. I don’t know. I really am proud of being an actor now. It’s teaching me things about myself I don’t know that I would have learned or paid enough attention to before. For that, and the opportunities, I am forever grateful. I truly am.
Michelle: Which character do you like playing the best? Daryl or Murphy?
Norman Reedus: Hmmm that’s tough. I like them both for different reasons. Both are a blast. The first Boondock Saints was pretty much one of my first acting jobs and I was terrified and excited. But it was fun. Way too much fun. Daryl. I’ve been in this game a bit longer. I look at it all differently. I think maybe I’ve grown and am willing to try more things. For that reason Daryl.
Michelle: Any words of wisdom for anyone that wants to be in the entertainment business?
Norman Reedus: Oh man, I don’t know. Just be who you want to be. Make sure it’s what you want maybe. I don’t know. Everyone’s path is so individual isn’t it? It’s your 2 feet on the ground. Make good choices. Life’s all about choices sometimes, isn’t it?
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