Here’s one of the results of my Singapore The Walking Dead trip: an interview with Norman Reedus. Full coverage will be available in Total Film Indonesia Issue #52 (out this weekend) consisting of a 2-page Norman Reedus interview and a 6-page Andrew Lincoln feature. Earlier today I wrote an introductory piece to those magazine articles for totalfilmindonesia.com (Norman Reedus Ingin Tokohnya Di Serial TV THE WALKING DEAD Masuk Komik). And here’s the English translation of that piece.
Norman Reedus wants Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead graphic novel
All The Walking Dead TV fans know that their favorite series comes from Robert T. Kirkman’s popular graphic novels, making this AMC show highly popular and a lot of people’s favorites. But not all the comic book characters are 100% the same to the TV series and vice versa. And one of those characters that exist in the TV series only but not in the comic books in Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon.
Daryl, who made his TWD debut as Michael Rooker’s Merle’s brother, was one of the most interesting characters in Season 1. He started out as somewhat of an antagonist, parroting his big brother who was a real piece of work) but is now Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) trusted lieutenant.
Total Film Indonesia caught up with Reedus in Singapore last month and we talked about Daryl’s transformation in the past four seasons.
I think once… I think he was going to be Merle. I think he was going to grow up being Merle and once Merle was sort of out of the picture, it sort of allowed him to not be sort of embarrassed to who he was going to become and slowly… and the situation that they’re all in [allows him to say] ‘it’s okay to be you’. I think he sort of learned that late in life and I think he sort of found a family in a lot of ways for the first time.
But he doesn’t think Daryl is in any way ‘softening up’. “So I think that’s his way of softening up. But he’ll still stab you if look at him wrong,” Reedus said.
Also, don’t call him a ‘douchebag’. (Another reporter conveyed a fan question to Reedus that used this word. Reedus’ reaction was incredulous and perhaps a little annoyed.) “Douchebag? DOUCHEBAG?That’s a bit harsh! Give me that guy’s address!” he quipped with a little shake of his head.
The most important question on the table, though, is this: is Robert T. Kirkman, the graphic novelist who is also involved as a writer and producer in the TV series, going to put Daryl in the comic book? Does Reedus know anything about the status of Daryl’s graphic novel existence?
You know, I’ve offered to wash Robert Kirkman’s car, I’ve offered to sleep with him, whatever it takes… but, God, I don’t know. I mean I would love to be in the graphic novel. I would love to but that’s a Robert decision. The only thing he’s said to me is “STOP ASKING ME ABOUT IT.”
We reckon that all the fans who want Kirkman to put Daryl in The Walking Dead comic book should stop asking and just offer the author a huge favor… anybody up for washing those cars?
More on Norman Reedus and his The Walking Dead character can be found in Total Film Indonesia #52 (coming out this weekend). TWD is playing on Fox Movies Premium in Asia. New episodes are broadcast every Monday morning at 10.30 AM (Indonesia time) and replayed on the same day at 19.10.