Image Expo 2012 hosted a variety of comic venders, various publishers, artists and actors. With full media access I was able to get a one on one interview with actor Norman Reedus who’s currently playing Daryl Dixon on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Norman’s been acting for some time with previous roles in the films: Boondock Saints I & II, Blade II, Pandorum, Mimic and Deuces Wild just to name a few.
Our interview (and possibly one of the funnest days of my life) is transcribed below, enjoy!
Katie: Hi, I’m Katie it’s nice to meet you.
Norman: Hi, babe, how are you? Nice to meet you.
Katie: I’m from Following the Nerd & I Smell Sheep. We review books, movies, comics you name it. (hands some swag to Norman) That’s for you.
Norman: Right on. Thank you, that’s so sweet.
Katie: So your character Daryl, who’s awesome by the way, what kind of training did you do for the weapons you use?
Norman: I practice. They show you how to use the crossbow, like loaded and all that stuff. But it’s pretty self-explanatory. You load it and it automatically goes into safety. But they don’t let you shoot real arrows on the set. So you dry fire and they digitally add the arrows in ’cause you can’t have a loaded crossbow swinging around the people. So they teach you how to use it and what not. But I’ve done about 40 films where I kill people, so I’m well-versed in weapons at this point.
Katie: What can we look forward to with your character? And more importantly I need to know are you going to kill Shane, because somebody needs to kill Shane. He needs to die.
Norman: Everybody wants to kill Shane!
Katie: Shane’s a loose cannon.
Norman: Yeah, Shane is a loose cannon but that’s how well John’s [Bernthal] playing the part ya know? You hate him.
Katie: Yes. I fear if I were to meet him I would literally hate the actor.
Norman: John’s the nicest guy ever. He’s such a pussycat. And what’s going to happen with Shane? Well I can’t tell you if Shane gets killed because my boss is right around the cover over there. [Robert] Kirkman. But my character is sort of pulling away from the group right now because after Sophia [played by Madison Lintz] it meant a lot for Daryl to find Sophia. He was an abused kid, left behind, and I think by finding Sophia it kind of cleared out some of the demons in his closet so to speak. Now he’s pulling away. The thing with Daryl is he doesn’t really need these people, so he’s watching them and having interaction for the first time. So that’s his struggle right now with the whole Sophia thing. But he’ll come around.
Katie: This latest episode [Episode 10 “18 Miles Out”] I did not like how your character was coming after Sophia’s Mom, that was harsh. So I hope he comes back around because if there was an Apocalypse I want to be on your team! You’re my Apocalypse Dream Boat.
Norman: Ah! You’re so sweet.
Katie: Well that’s what me and my girl friend (Jeni!) call you.
Norman: I love it.
Katie: The character! Well, and you too. Sure!
Norman: *laughs* You’re sweet. But the thing with Carol and Daryl is they are both very damaged people so they gravitate towards each other. I don’t know if we’re going to have a love affair or anything, but he comes back around.
Katie: The chemistry between these two characters feels like there could be something and they’re both damaged so there could be…
Norman: I got lucky because there were so many scenes with Melissa [McBride] in the beginning of this season and last season. It’s nice to act with her, she’s just so open. A great actress.
Katie: What can we look forward to in the coming season?
Norman: Well, the rest of the season is all fireworks. We did a lot of talking in the beginning of this season to set up story-lines because you have to since its television. But from here on out it’s just kill, kill and massacre after massacre and blood bullets and zombies. It’s all big fireworks from here on out. It doesn’t slow down at all.
Katie: When this current season took the break after the barn scene, it was very emotional.
Norman: Just wait.
A big thanks to Image Expo and Norman himself for taking the time to chat with me. An absolute gentlemen and all around down to earth guy. It’s not too late to check out The Walking Dead, with so much more to offer then just zombies eating folks.
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