Norman Reedus wants to be Bill Murray ‘He pops up to have fun, then disappears’

REEDUSCover _edited-1
Norman Reedus has a new cover interview and profile in Details Magazine. He’s promoting the new season of The Walking Dead, which premieres this Sunday, squee! He gives a decent interview to Details but I suppose it’s mostly interesting to his fans and to Walking Dead fanatics. Reedus talks about how he got his part on the show (he pretty much had it created for him), the future of his character, Daryl, and how he sees himself as a mix of both good and bad guys in terms of the complex roles he plays. The way he describes it reminds me of Liev Schreiber, because Schreiber has a similar vibe of conflicted badass trying to do the right thing. (I guess a lot of things remind me of Liev Schreiber though.) You can read the full interview at Details and here are some quotes:

Reedus on landing the role of Daryl Dixon: According to legend, Reedus landed his part on The Walking Dead like this: He auditioned to play the racist and misogynist Merle Dixon, a part that went to Michael Rooker. But the truth, according to Reedus, is different: In L.A. for the 2010 pilot season, Reedus became fixated on a script about the survivors of a zombie apocalypse but was disap- pointed to learn it had already been cast. “I was like, ‘Just get me in the room. I’ll go in and do a guest spot,’ ” he recalls with mock desperation. He was asked to read Merle’s lines on two separate occasions, presumably to keep him off-balance. Later, he found out that Frank Darabont, who developed the show from Robert Kirkman’s comic books, was so impressed that he created the character of Daryl—Merle’s younger brother—specifically for Reedus and gave the actor the freedom to help shape the role. It was Reedus’ idea to have Daryl reject the rednecky and druggy path the producers originally laid out, transforming what started as a supporting role into very nearly the co-lead.

Reedus on Daryl Dixon’s romantic future: “Even this season, I’m the last in line for love,” he says with a wry laugh. “I like not going through that door one way or another. I like that mystery.” Since the show routinely bumps off its main characters, Reedus insists that despite all the adoration, not even Daryl is safe from the producers’ crossbow. “They’ll kill me whenever they want. I would hate to leave the show. I would play this role until I’m 80, I really would. And I could.”

Reedus on being passed up for Tomorrowland due to his hair: “I was like, ‘Don’t they know I’m on a TV show?’ ” he says, suggesting that a bald cap and a hairpiece would have been an easy fix. “It went down to the last minute, and everyone knew I couldn’t cut my hair. 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 fuckin’ TV show! I can’t just shave my head!”

Reedus on the degree of fame he’d would be comfortable with: Reedus doesn’t hesitate. “I want to be Bill Murray,” he says, beaming. “What a good life he has. He pops up when he wants to have fun, and then he just disappears.” Reedus doesn’t want to be a megacelebrity. He’s happy to be more “street famous.” “Like, your mom doesn’t know who I am, and I don’t have any awards, but the FedEx guy or cops or firemen will say, ‘Hey, man, I like your show!’ He continues, “I’m not People’s sexiest dude.”

Reedus on being labeled a bad guy: “I kind of take grotesque things and make them pretty,” he says. It’s a job description that Reedus could also apply to his acting. “I look like a bad guy, but I’m a good guy, so I get a lot of bad-guys parts who are good underneath—good guys doing bad things.”

[From Details, received via e-mail]

That’s hilarious that he got turned down for Tomorrowland because he wouldn’t cut his hair. He dodged a bullet there, that movie was awful. Lindelof just needs to go back to writing comics because screenplays and television are not his thing.

In terms of wanting to have Bill Murray’s career – only Bill Murray can get away with having an 800 number where he only checks the messages occasionally. You have to reach a certain level of fame before you can not give a sh*t to that degree and still get leading roles. Reedus is a decent actor but he’s no Bill Murray.

The editorial is decent, I really like the coat that they put him in for the cover as he looks dapper. I just can’t with that hair though. It’s Daryl’s hair. You would think he would get sick of playing that character if had to keep this same hair for years.



You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

25 Responses to “Norman Reedus wants to be Bill Murray ‘He pops up to have fun, then disappears’”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. Tiffany27 says:

    I’m afraid I’m over The Walking Dead. The show has become a rinse and repeat and it’s starting to bore me now.

    • Liv says:

      I’m not! I’m so excited for the new season! I hope the don’t kill Maggie and Glenn! 😉

      • Tiffany27 says:

        Definitely one of them is dying. My money is on Glenn.

      • Liv says:

        Shut up! Lalala! Seriously, they can’t kill them off! They need to have a baby and live happily ever after in Zombie-land!

    • QQ says:

      I told my bf the same Tiffany, I’m just gonna do my nails while it’s happening to save myself the aggravation

      Also Norman is like a walking midlife greasy haired crisis.. Vests, but i Surf, I’m badass and I curse, but kittens … I dont even understand the vibe

    • 7-11's Hostage says:

      The hair, the horse, he’d play the role until he’s 80. All the boxes checked. The same boxes checked for two years. Enough. I’ve really had it with the absurd and abused Jeff Buckley-revival crap. Who watches this crappy show anymore?

  2. Truthful says:

    That hair is hilarious, looks as natural as a wig… or like borrowed to someone else, dude should embrace grey

  3. Lindy79 says:

    Please someone (Carol) wash him and cut his damn hair this season.

    • Molly says:

      100% agree! It’s not even realistic. Where is he finding product and time to get his layers trimmed in the zombie apocalypse????

  4. mom2two says:

    Aspiring to Bill Murray is not a bad thing. But I think with the type of fame Reedus has, he might not be able to do a Murray and disappear/show up whenever he wants to.
    About the hair, doesn’t Brad Bird know better? If Norman is contracted to keep his hair a certain length (and some actors are for continuity of the show, see Game of Thrones for example), Brad Bird was asking him to do something he couldn’t do. He did dodge a bullet with Tomorrowland.
    TWD cast is close. I think Norman likes the people he works with on there and loves being Darryl, so he will happily stay for as long they will have him. I’m sure the steady paychecks are also very nice.

  5. sassy says:

    oh but you are and should be People’s sexiest dude…….cause you are real dude not a emotive eyebrow, self absorbed tanned freak…….and i sooo would any day all day all night *fans self*…is it getting hot in here?? Cant wait for Sunday 😀

    • Gal says:

      Agree with you sassy! He is SEXY and should be People’s sexiest. He looks like a real man. He can pop over to my place anytime for some fun.

      • Killalustre says:

        Nothing a little shampoo couldn’t fix. I would hit that all. day. long. That is if Rick Grimes was unavailable. damn, Andrew Lincoln just gets hotter every season.

  6. Vesta says:

    Doesn’t everybody want to be Bill Murray? I know he is talking about acting careers & fame, but I find “Pop up to have fun, then disappear” to be also a pretty good life motto in general. *prepares to leave soon for Friday drinks 🍸*

  7. Crumpet says:

    I like the horse.

    • 7-11's Hostage says:

      Seems like the horse would rather be anywhere but there. Can’t say I don’t understand why.

  8. InvaderTak says:

    But you’re waaay to serious looking RN. Though he was pretty funny in the Boondocks saints. It took me forever to realize that was him.

  9. Jackson says:

    I think he meant ‘Bill Murray fame” more along the lines of how BM randomly pops up and plays with ‘regular people’ like the wedding thing from awhile back and …I can’t think of anything else but there have been many. Kind of like have fun with some people in a club and then disappear for awhile. Not Brad Pitt type fame/celeb. I don’t think he was referring to not going out and working to get a part.
    Re TWD premier on Sunday….who is the woman that they made Rick go all puppy dog over in, what, a week or two? Is it Jessie? Ugh. I hope she bites the dust early this season. I have my suspicions she will stick around though.

  10. Sharra55 says:

    I don’t care if he has “Daryl” hair, no hair or whatever hair. I love this man. He is sexy as all get out!

  11. Falula says:

    I generally roll my eyes at Lindelof, too, but my husband and I still really like The Leftovers. I’m scared it will fall apart and be terrible later and I’ll be too deep to stop watching.

  12. Veronica says:

    Out of the cast of TWD, I think he’s the most likely to break out. Maybe not necessarly into Hollywood film, but I could see him doing very well on television and indie work.

  13. daniel says:

    Bill Murray is definitely entertaining but from where I sit he’s a lonely old man with no wife or kids. I’m sure he’d give all his fame and money for a wonderful family life.

    • Goodnight says:

      Not everyone feels like they need a partner and kids to feel complete. It’s not like he couldn’t find anyone if he wanted to.