Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio is putting on a special episode devoted to AMC’s zombie apocalypse television series and during it the show’s host, James Lipton, got Norman Reedus (portrays ‘Daryl Dixon’) to open up about a terrifying moment when The Walking Dead’s heartthrob was nearly killed.
Back in February 2005, Reedus was in Germany to receive a « Rising Star Award » at the Berlin Film Festival. While he was there, R.E.M. lead singer, Michael Stipe, invited Reedus to attended their concert, which he did. As Reedus was leaving the concert, Stipe lent Reedus his car. The moment Reedus pulled out into the road he was struck by an 18-wheeler! Reedus was flung through the windshield and when he awoke his face was covered in glass. He had to endure operations that left him with four screws in his nose, a titanium eye socket and a face that temporarily looked like a « hamburger. »
Listen to Reedus recall his brush with death in the video below.
The Walking Dead episode of Inside the Actors Studio episode will air February 11 at 8 PM ET on Bravo. The Walking Dead returns February 14 at 9 PM ET on AMC.
Norman Reedus got emotional during the San Diego Comic-Con’s The Walking Dead panel, one week after tragedy struck the TWD set. Stuntman John Bernecker, age 33, fell more than 20 feet onto concrete below in a fatal accident according to Entertainment Weekly.
The Walking Dead cast and crew had already begun filming TWD Season 8 when John Bernecker fell while performing a stunt on Wednesday, July 12. John died at Atlanta Medical Center Wednesday, July 12, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, and the rest of The Walking Dead cast waited until Wednesday to post their sympathies to the family of John Bernecker.
Lauren Cohan, Maggie on The Walking Dead, tweeted, thanking fans for “thoughts and prayers.”
“No words can express my sadness for John Bernecker and his family. Thank you all for having them in your thoughts and prayers also.”
Norman Reedus, who portrays The Walking Dead‘s heroic Daryl Dixon, tweeted “Love and Prayers” to John Bernecker’s family and friends.
“Love and prayers to Johns family and friends today. You will be missed.”
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who portrays The Walking Dead‘s villainous Negan, tweeted that John Bernecker would be “forever missed.”
“Deep sorrow today, and for every tomorrow. Love, respect, and condolences to John’s family, and friends. He will be forever missed.”
The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple told the San Diego audience it was a difficult decision whether to continue with plans for the cast to appear at Comic-Con. Gimple is quoted on Savannah Now.
“We didn’t really know if we should do this panel today, but we wanted to be here for you,”
Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Khary Payton, Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, Alanna Masterson, and other cast members joined The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman in a panel discussion following a tribute to John Bernecker led by Scott Gimple.
The Walking Dead’s Scott Gimple is quoted in Savannah Now telling the San Diego audience that John Bernecker was loved.
“He was beloved in the stunt community. He was living his dream and he helped other people do the same thing.”
Norman Reedus teared up a bit later in the panel discussion, perhaps still thinking of John Bernecker, and also thinking back over the last seven seasons of The Walking Dead. Norman Reedus has become central to the plot of The Walking Dead.
Danai Gurira, from left, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Lauren Cohan by Al Powers AP
Norman Reedus is quoted in Fan Fest explaining to the San Diego audience how much The Walking Dead fans, cast, and crew mean to him.
“I’m sitting here and I’m listening to these questions and everything else and getting wrapped up in all this stuff and looking at that retrospective over here, I’m almost tearing up. I’ve gotta say, this has been such a good experience for all of us and we’ve always had each other’s back and had your back and you guys have our backs and it’s been fantastic. It still is fantastic.”
Production of The Walking Dead was temporarily halted as the cast and crew took time to grieve and deal with their emotions. It was a devastating and sudden loss to John Bernecker’s family, friends, and his current and former co-workers.
The Walking Dead cast by Gene Page AMC
Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, and the rest of The Walking Dead cast and crew, as well as John Bernecker’s family, the community of stunt workers, and his many friends throughout the film industry, are grief stricken. John Bernecker is deeply missed.
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John Bernecker and other stuntmen risk their lives so that actors like Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln stay safe. They are professionals who know how to minimize the risks, but there are always risks.
The Walking Dead viewers and fans of Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Lauren Cohan should take the time to remember John Bernecker.
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- Norman Reedus’ lost his role in ‘Tomorrowland’ because he wouldn’t cut his hair
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- What will happen in season 10 of The Walking Dead? Spoilers…
- Will Lauren Cohan return as Maggie Rhee in The Walking Dead season 10?
- Got a showbiz story?
- Reedus has read Daryl’s character as asexual on ‘TWD’
- Reedus hints we could see Daryl open up more this season. In the past, he hasn’t been able to because of the story line and the direction of his character.
- So, back to the ‘forever question.’ Should fans expect to see Daryl with Connie or Carol this season or neither?
- Norman Reedus misses Danai Gurira ‘all the time’ on The Walking Dead
Norman Reedus’ lost his role in ‘Tomorrowland’ because he wouldn’t cut his hair
At one point in his career, Norman Reedus may not have let something like cutting his hair get in the way of a movie role. Especially not in 2005 when he thought his acting career was over after mangling his face in a car accident in Berlin.
“I was thinking, I’ll never act again. It’s over,” Reedus told Details magazine.
But that was before he scored the role of Daryl Dixon on AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”
For example, he found out that he would be passed over for a role in “Tomorrowland” playing George Clooney’s father if he didn’t cut his hair.
He said: “I was like, ‘Don’t they know I’m on a TV show?’
Reedus suggested that they he could use a bald cap and a hairpiece for the role. He couldn’t cut his hair, because he had to stay consistent to Daryl.
“It went down to the last minute, and everyone knew I couldn’t cut my hair,” Reedus, 46, recounted. “Then, I think the director, Brad Bird, threw a fit and was like, ‘If he’s not dedicated to this role and he can’t cut his hair, then it’s not going to work.’ I’m on a f–kin’ TV show! I can’t just shave my head!”
In the end, he may have been better off. Although “Tomorrowland” grossed $US209 million worldwide, The Hollywood Reporter reports that it cost $US330 million to produce and market. So, it seems to have lost as much as $US140 million.
It also didn’t impress critics. Its Rotton Tomatoes score is 50% and it’s a 60% on Metacritic.
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No one is missing Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead more than Norman Reed (Picture: AMC)
It’s been almost a year since Rick Grimes abandoned his troops on The Walking Dead, but he’s still very much present in Norman Reedus’ dressing room.
Filming for the next chapter of AMC’s zombie epic is now fully underway, marking the first full series without its leading protagonist.
And Norman – who’s starred as Daryl Dixon since day one of The Walking Dead – is missing pal Andrew Lincoln so much he’s got a picture of the British star by his side while he gets his hair and make-up done.
After celebrating co-star Melissa McBride – aka Carol – turning 54 on Instagram last week, the 50-year-old shared a photo on set of The Walking Dead season 10 with the sheriff glaring at his 6.3 million followers, which was obviously met with a slew of ‘we miss you Rick’ posts from the fandom.
Thankfully, while Daryl and co. continue mourn Ricky, we’ll be seeing him again in three Rick Grimes-centric movies which are thought to be filming later this year.
And Norman previously revealed Andrew is already missing life on The Walking Dead, so perhaps a full-time return may not be completely out of the question after all…
What will happen in season 10 of The Walking Dead? Spoilers…
While we’re pretty in much completely in the dark when it comes to the horror’s next outing, we’ve pretty much had it confirmed Daryl and Carol’s friendship is going to be at the crux of what’s coming up as they return to Alexandria.
While that’s a lot to look forward to, we do also have the promise Danai Gurira will be bowing out as Michonne.
Michonne will be one of the casualties in The Walking Dead season 10 (Picture: AMC)
Though, showrunner Angela Kang insisted there’s plenty of action left in the hero yet.
‘We’re excited to tell a nice, meaty story with her for season 10 regardless,’ Kang told Deadline.
‘It’s basically another one of these giant Michonne episodes, which I’m really excited about. Yeah, she will be a significant part of season 10.’
Will Lauren Cohan return as Maggie Rhee in The Walking Dead season 10?
After landing the lead in ABC’s new comedy Whiskey Cavalier, despite promises Maggie would be back on The Walking Dead sooner rather than later, we had doubts Lauren Cohan’s return was coming in season 10. And then Whiskey Cavalier was cancelled before rumours emerged it had been picked up again, only to be put back on the shelf for good last week.
Will we get Maggie Rhee back for The Walking Dead season 10 (Picture: AMC)
In turn, it feels like the odds Maggie will be popping up again in the not-too distant future are in our favour.
The 37-year-old assured fans her story ‘was not over’ after we last saw her in season nine’s What Comes After, where she was just wiped out with little explanation during another time jump.
Lauren told Entertainment Weekly: ‘I don’t ever feel like it’s . It’s the weirdest thing and I would never know it until I was in this situation, I think about Maggie all the time. She’s always, like, inside of me.
‘This sounds weird, but she is. It’s partly knowing the story is continuing, the story is unfinished.’
The Walking Dead season 10 is expected to air on AMC and Fox UK later this year.
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Advertisement Advertisementcaption Norman Reedus tells Insider he’s constantly asked about whether or not Daryl may wind up with Connie or Carol. He says he has read the character as asexual before. source Gene Page/AMC, Kirsten Acuna/Insider composite
- “The Walking Dead” fans are a flutter over whether or not Daryl may end up with Connie or longtime friend Carol.
- It’s a question Norman Reedus told Insider he hears all the time at Paleyfest.
- So we asked him if he has ever read his character as asexual. Reedus said he has.
- “I’ve gotten a lot of fan mail thanking me for being asexual,” Reedus told Insider.
- Reedus didn’t confirm that Daryl is asexual on the show, telling another reporter on the red carpet as much when they attempted to ask more about Daryl’s sexuality.
- He told us if any sort of relationship is to be explored, that Daryl’s not the type of guy who’s going to have a one-night stand. Care has to be taken with the story.
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If you ask Norman Reedus whether or not Daryl will wind up with longtime friend Carol or new pal Connie on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” you’re likely to get the following response.
“Oh my God. The forever question,” Reedus playfully told Insider at Paleyfest in New York City earlier this month. “I think there’s certain things about both of them.”
“I think he likes them both for different reasons,” Reedus said of Daryl’s relationships on the show with Carol and Connie. “The whole ‘shipping’ thing, I don’t really know how to answer it. I’m not supposed to answer it, and I get asked literally every other question.”
Reedus has read Daryl’s character as asexual on ‘TWD’
caption Reedus didn’t say Daryl is asexual on “TWD,” but he did tell Insider he has read his character that way before. source Gene Page/AMC
Daryl is one of the few characters on “TWD” who hasn’t had any romantic entanglements across the AMC show’s run, leading some to wonder if he’s even interested in any sort of relationship that’s more than platonic.
When asked if he’s ever read Daryl as asexual, Reedus told us, “Yeah, I have, quite a bit. I’ve gotten a lot of fan mail thanking me for being asexual.”
Reedus clarified with the next reporter on the red carpet that he never said Daryl is asexual. In 2014, “The Walking Dead” comic creator Robert Kirkman said on the series’ aftershow “Talking Dead,” the character is somewhat asexual.
“Daryl Dixon is being somewhat asexual on the show,” said Kirkman in 2014. “I think that he’s a very introverted character and I think that’s somewhat his appeal.”
Reedus hints we could see Daryl open up more this season. In the past, he hasn’t been able to because of the story line and the direction of his character.
caption With Andrew Lincoln and Chandler Riggs off of “TWD,” and Danai Gurira leaving this season, Norman Reedus is now at the center of the series. source Gene Page/AMC
“He’s definitely a loner, but you might see him open up a little bit,” said Reedus of Daryl on season 10. “I think he keeps getting hints of roads to go down and either they get taken away from him because of the story line or he gets the opportunity to go full throttle with them. He’s an interesting character.”
The past few seasons have had a major focus on a few big departures from the show, including two of its main stars, Andrew Lincoln and Chandler Riggs. As a result, Daryl took a bit of a back seat for a while.
caption A lot of season eight became centered around Chandler Riggs leaving the show when his character was surprisingly killed off. The first part of season nine was centered around Andrew Lincoln leaving the series. source Gene Page/AMC
Since Glenn’s death on the season seven premiere, which Daryl held himself responsible for, Reedus’ character became even more introverted, often speaking in grunts or fragmented sentences. He was also held prisoner by Negan in a cell for a time.
caption Daryl was locked up by Negan for part of the show’s seventh season where he didn’t speak much at all. source Gene Page/AMC
It wasn’t until the season nine premiere last year, in which the show jumped forward a year-and-a-half, that Reedus started getting a significant amount of dialogue on the show again. It was a change fans immediately noticed in his character and something that even Reedus acknowledged on aftershow “Talking Dead.”
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Reedus said we’re seeing a very different Daryl than we have in previous seasons and that any pairing has to be done right because you only get one shot at it.
“It’s just one of those things. You do it, it’s gone. You can only do it once,” said Reedus of diving into any sort of relationship with Daryl’s character.
“Like I’ve said a million times, I don’t think he’s the type of guy that’s just going to have a one-night stand,” said Reedus.
No time was that clearer than on the season three premiere when Carol suggested the two mess around a bit after Daryl rubbed her back and he turned down the idea. Reedus agreed.
caption Carol suggested the two mess around back on season three, but the two of them then laughed it off. source AMC
“I think has a lot of issues that he’s dealing with that if he’s going to go there, he’s going to really mean it, so you have to be really careful with it,” he said.
So, back to the ‘forever question.’ Should fans expect to see Daryl with Connie or Carol this season or neither?
caption Connie compliments Daryl on his signing on the season 10 premiere of “TWD.” source AMC
On the show’s season 10 premiere, Daryl shows a greater interest in communicating with Connie and her sister Kelly. He’s walking around with an American Sign Language book and is signing more.
But he also spends a lot of time with Carol. The two even toss around the idea of possibly running away together to New Mexico. Daryl calls Carol his best friend, but fans have often wondered if we may see something more between the two.
caption Daryl gives Carol a friendship bracelet on the season 10 premiere of “The Walking Dead” while the two consider running away together. source Jackson Lee Davis/AMC
So what’s going on? Should we expect to see something with Daryl and Carol or Daryl and Connie, or are they all just friends?
“I think they have this kind of chemistry that’s really interesting and fun,” “TWD” showrunner Angela Kang told Insider of Connie and Daryl.
Kelly has certainly noticed that Connie may have eyes for Daryl. She shared an improvised eyebrow raise with her sister on the season 10 premiere as Daryl approached them, a moment Kang loved.
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“The characters around them, they have their own wonderings and musings about this blossoming friendship or relationship between the two,” said Kang.
caption Norman Reedus told Insider that Daryl views Connie as an equal. source Gene Page/AMC
While the show will continue to explore Connie and Daryl, Kang promises fans will see a lot more of Carol on screen as well with the fan favorite.
“There will be a lot of Carol and Daryl this season,” Kang said. “As Norman was saying on the Comic Con panel, it’s really complicated. We’re showing a relationship that’s very deep and deep relationships can have a lot of complication.”
caption Fans will see Carol and Daryl spend more time together on episode three of the season. source Jackson Lee Davis/AMC
Fans have already started to see some of those complications. Daryl upset Carol when he let a perfectly good deer go once it crossed into Whisperer territory. Last season, the Whisperers kidnapped and killed her surrogate son, Henry, and brutally stuck his head on a pike for her to find. Carol has a lot of animosity toward the group.
“When two people trust each other and love each other and care about each other so much, when things feel wrong, when somebody’s making decisions the other person is concerned about for whatever reason, that complicates the relationship,” Kang added. “There will be a lot of Carol and Daryl. In a lot of ways at the heart of this story of the Whisperers.”
caption Daryl and Carol are already in disagreement over how to deal with the Whisperers. The photo above is from Sunday’s upcoming episode of the show. source Jackson Lee Davis/AMC
When asked whether or not fans should expect them to stay friends or to have a relationship, Kang said, “People will read into it what they will. But what we know is that those two are inextricably tied to each other.”
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Norman Reedus has always been vocal about the toll it takes on him personally when good friends and longtime castmates depart The Walking Dead. The past few years have been especially hard for the actor watching folks like Steven Yeun, Andrew Lincoln, and Lauren Cohan depart the show. Season 10 will be no easier as it will mark the final hurrah for Danai Gurira, who finished filming her handful of episodes over the summer.
We spoke to Reedus to get his take on the departure of his “good friend” and partner, and he also teased what to expect for both Daryl Dixon and the show in season 10, which premieres Oct. 6 on AMC.
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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What’s the vibe and tone of season 10? What are we looking at here?
NORMAN REEDUS: It’s full paranoia this season. It’s the group eating itself and having to deal with the consequences of just being trapped in all different directions. You can’t tell who’s on the good side, who’s on the bad side. Some people are playing other people for the wrong reasons and it’s kind of the breakdown internally, which is causing everybody to make these decisions that are just horrible, actually.
So we have some people that are on this mission for revenge, some people that are haunted by visions of the past. Then you have some characters that are in totally different circumstances that they’ve never been. How can you trust in them? Then sometimes you think that you can’t, and then you can, then you can’t. It’s a real feeling of paranoia and claustrophobia this season.
What about specifically in terms of Daryl? It’s interesting because last season after Rick disappeared and we had the time jump forward, he was out on his own, hanging with Dog in the woods. Then he came back to the Hilltop to watch after Henry. So where’s Daryl at in season 10?
Daryl’s got the ghosts of all these other characters that used to be on the show, they’re haunting him. He’s finding himself being in these roles of decision-making for a group. He’s got people to protect. It’s a much different Daryl than we’re used to seeing. He just makes decisions based on whatever he felt he wanted to do or whatever. You saw last year, where Daryl’s visiting Hilltop and then Alpha knocks on the door and says, “I want my daughter back, who’s in charge here?” Nobody says anything, so Daryl was like, “Okay, I’ll do it.”
Then he’s put in this position of protecting other people, not just himself. So you’ve got a bunch of scared people making all these decisions in the wrong direction and Daryl’s running, trying to fix things and keep the group together. There’s the risk/reward and the threat that they bring. It’s almost like a virus that’s coming into town and people are getting sick and it’s a whole other thing.
What about Daryl and Carol? We saw that long scene in the trailer of the two of them together.
Daryl, he’s kind of got his side-eye on Carol right now. She’s been through a lot with him in the last year, and he’s kind of worried about her and she’s not necessarily making the best decisions. I think that scene in particular, she’s tense, sitting around going, “What if?” There’s got to be more than this?”
They’re exhausted from this battle that never seems to end, and routinely sort of daydreaming about where they’d rather be and what they’d rather be doing. I’m not saying it’s a premonition to the future, I’m not saying that it’s not. But it’s the two of them, two really good friends sitting on a log and having a moment just sort of daydreaming about what their lives could be if they weren’t trapped there doing that.
This is going to be Danai Gurira’s last season. What can you say about sending her off in style? I know how personally you take it when the longtime cast members leave and how hard it is. So what was that like for her and for you?
Yeah, it was really sad for me. I had become so close to Danai and I just adore her. She’s somebody that always shows up at and brings the noise every single time she’s on camera and she’s become a really good friend, a partner. I get it though, she has other things that she wants to do. Her dream is she’ll run a show. That’s what her dream’s been for a while, and now’s her time to do it.
I can’t be mad at her, like I can’t be mad at to want to be with his kids. You can’t be mad at him if he missed them endlessly. Her last day, we had some fireworks and gave her a send-off. We miss Danai. She’s such a strong part of our cast and such a valuable member of our family and so I miss her all the time.
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