Daryl Dixon on the cover of USA Today!
We bet Norman is gonna buy five copies for his mother.
The day we have been waiting for is almost upon us – the mid-season premiere of Season 2 of The Walking Dead airs tomorrow night. During this hiatus there have been quite a few interviews (most occurring in the last few days), so here’s a rundown of some of the most interesting…
Norman Reedus talks about ‘Walking Dead’ fan favorite Daryl
[this article also ran in the print edition of USA Today - you can find a scan of the article here]
“It all comes down to Norman,” says executive producer Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead comics (in which Dixon does not exist). “I feel absolutely blessed he has honored our show with his presence, and the way he has come in and taken over that role and defined Daryl Dixon.”
“You might see that big brother of mine, but I don’t know what I can talk about,” Reedus says. “I like my job and want to try and keep it as long as possible.”
Most important, Dixon acts decisively, setting aside moral hand-wringing to kick butt. While “The Walking Dead’s” sophisticates debate the ethics of killing the undead, this lovable rube rolls up his sleeves to get the necessary zombie-butchering done.
When zombies are chopped, maimed and decapitated on the TV drama “The Walking Dead,” there’s often a crossbow-wielding New Yorker behind the carnage.
It’s fun to get this kind of love from playing someone who is pretty unlovable at least as far as what he thinks of himself. My apt is full of wonderful art and gifts I get every day. Paintings, sculptures, dolls, clothes etc. Daryl has made a lot of friends, so have I and I’m over the moon about it. He’d kill all the squirrels, feed all of y’all. (I would too).
“It’s about characters and about the interaction of people who would never hang out together and decisions made. We are lucky to have the zombies as a backdrop because it’s pretty dynamic but the show is about so much more.”
“Michael Rooker [who plays Merle] really came in on the first season and just was absolutely amazing, and really helped sell the show. I think his presence on the show was essential. And so we got him back briefly a few episodes ago, and we’ll definitely get him back at some point. Again, I wouldn’t want to spoil anything. But we can’t do without our Rooker for long.”
“I came in on the third episode of the first season, so I basically walked in, said hi and threw squirrels, right in the first hour.”
It feels like we’re doing something right. I remember reading the pilot in the beginning and thinking it was really going to be like something I would watch.
Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, Merle’s younger brother, likes to “plant little seeds” of physical mannerisms that inform later dialogue. “If people are paying attention and working well together, these little seeds become trees and bear fruit,“ says Reedus.
In addition to the print and online interviews, it seems Norman had his phone glued to his ear yesterday as he was interviewed on a few radio stations. Luckily, some have audio of those interviews up on their websites…
- ROCK 100.5 THE KATT in Detroit, MI
- KTEG 104.1 The Edge in Albuquerque, NM
- WEDG – 103.3 The Edge in Buffalo, NY
- GO FISH Radio Network
And for video, Steven Yeun, Melissa McBride and Norman Reedus sat down with Mtv to Weigh In On Life After Sophia…
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