Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on AMC’s The Walking Dead, talks about duking it out with his on-screen brother and why Chandler Riggs considers him the other kid on set.
AMC: ”Q: You’ve been riding your motorcycle on-set and off for a few years now. Have you found some good back-country Georgia roads to cruise?
A: I take it south of here and I don’t even keep track of where I am. I drive for hours. I’ve found so many new trails and so many new roads. The motorcycle Daryl rides is the one they picked out from Season 1 — it was in the background. They found that bike and left the stickers on and liked it so much they didn’t want to change anything.
Q: It’s hard to imagine anyone else playing Daryl. What are some ways you’ve made the character your own?
A: When you do television, you have this opportunity to drop these subtle hints everywhere. The way you say things, for example, sometimes those seeds turn into trees. I’ve had quite a few of those things happen. Daryl’s childhood, for example. In Season 2 when Carol kisses me after Andrea shoots at me, I flinched. That wasn’t in the script and now this year there’s a story line about how I had an abusive childhood. Having to do 16 episodes with these characters, of course we’re going to find more to do. Carol and Daryl have a stronger bond, and I’ve gotten to explore stuff with my brother, for example.
Q: Michael Rooker says he gets pretty enthused about fight scenes. Did either of you go too far when you fought in the walker arena?