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Norman Reedus talked to The Associated Press about the hit TV series The Walking Dead, where he plays Daryl Dixon.
Daryl is one of the characters on the show, who went through an major transformation. He quickly quickly became popular and liked among fans with his trademark crossbow and lone ranger image. Reedus returns the favour by saying that it was fans, who made him an indispensable part of the team and secured his longer stay on the series. Of course, if there is one sure thing about The Walking Dead, it's that no one is safe. Key characters die all the time. Especially before Glen Mazzara quit the show.
“You see series and they last a long time and sometimes the writing gets lazy or the acting gets lazy. Because we’re in a zombie apocalypse and anyone can go at any time, it sort of keeps us fresh and on our toes,” Norman Reedus told The Associated Press Friday.
Fans lined up around the block to watch a panel discussion with Reedus and his co-stars at Paleyfest, the annual Southern California TV celebration. Many in the crowd showed their support for Reedus’ crossbow-wielding character, Daryl Dixon, with their “If Daryl dies we riot!” T-shirts.
The 44-year-old actor says his vocal fan base is responsible for his character’s impressive longevity in a series that seems to have no qualms in axing its most popular characters.
“Hell yes. Oh my god, yes,” he said. “(They’re) keeping me on the show.”
“The Walking Dead” focuses on a rag-tag band of surviving refugees, including unruly brothers Daryl and Merle Dixon, who were not part of the series’ comic book origins.
“I want to be Daryl Dixon in my next life,” joked co-star Laurie Holden. “He’s sexy and he’s got the rugged thing going on.”
When asked about his breakout star status, Reedus becomes humble and tries to turn the spotlight on his Golden Globe-nominated cast.
“I watch them grow and I watch myself grow. It’s one of those acting things where like I’ll be in a scene with her or with him and I’ll say should I try this? And they’ll go `yeah’ and I’ll believe them and I’ll trust them. Everyone wants everyone to just kill it,” Reedus said with a laugh.
[via Access Hollywood]