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Norman Reedus: The Live Talking Head | ContentMode Magazine Issue 7
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ContentMode: Live with Norman Reedus in New York – February 6,2012

By: Jaimie Kourt
You've been in the public eye for a long time. What do you think it is about you that has enabled/created such staying power?

Staying power — I like that. I don’t know. I’ve never really been a huge, famous actor and haven’t ever really tried to be — maybe that has something to do with it. I always try and find interesting things to do — maybe that’s something. If I had been doing big corny films, maybe you would be sick of me by now. I’d probably be sick of me too. A lot of the movies I do get passed around to new people by word of mouth and I think that’s the best way. I’ve never been part of a massive press junket or been on a billboard.

What is the first movie you watched and remember thinking, "I want to do that?"

The first movie was The Omen. I went to school the next day, sat at my little desk, and glared daggers at my grade school teacher. She was pretty old and pretty shaken up all year by it. She would literally call to the class and her pointer finger would bounce over me avoiding my evil glare. I got such a thrill knowing I could shake up this poor old lady. At the end of the year, she came up to me and asked me why I hated her so much. I didn’t really have an answer for her. I didn’t hate her though.

Does where you live inform your style?

I think so. I guess so. I don't know. I don’t own any shorts or sandals or any of that.

Does your style ever change with parts, age, or moods?

Yeah, of course. High school — I was into punk rock music mostly and I looked like I was. When I had a kid, I went through a phase where I thought I had to look like a dad. That was ridiculous. When I live in Georgia, I shop at Walmart, that big giant fucking super Walmart. It's obscene.

What did/do you like (and perhaps not like so much) about modeling?

Well, I did the Prada campaign. At that time, they were using actors for it — John Malkovich, Joaquin [Phoenix], a Japanese actor after me, etc. My manager at the time said, "You’re up for a Prada campaign. It's between you and Nicholas Cage." I asked what Prada was. He told me "a lot of money and a free trip to Paris." It was a no-brainer.
I'm not the happiest when I’m just standing, getting my picture taken, to be honest. I’ve known people that are good at it... I'm not that comfortable, really.

Have you ever wanted to design clothes?

No.

What areas of life inspire you as a person and artist?

People, mostly. Times of my life and places I’ve been, but mostly moments of time, I guess. I seem to always fall back on feelings of regret or loss — mistakes, maybe. Everything comes from the side of my head. I get real slow head on and I can go for a little while, then I start to fall apart and slow down. I usually learn the most face-to-face.

What can you not live without?

Options.

What is your favorite possession?

My scrambler, my Mexican and my ivory wolf.

Favorite city to live in? Travel to? Eat and shop?

New York, Havana, and Tokyo [respectively].

Why do you think that ‘old horror’ style movie monsters have made such a big reemergence in recent years?

I’m not sure. But they are my favorite! There aren’t any new monsters that are that cool. The mummy, Godzilla, werewolf, and zombies — classics are the best. Like [with] cars.

Your character Daryl is extremely observant and meticulous. A survivalist. When it comes to creating a character, are you detail-oriented about things, or do you work more emotionally?

A little of both. I find my swagger both ways and then take it by situation. [For] Daryl, I am more interested in finding the inside bit more than the outside bit. The part he’s covering up and hopes you don’t pay attention to.

The Walking Dead has a ravenous fan base. What makes this show stand out?

It’s the people, I think. The situation forcing these strangers to make it work, and why they even want to anymore. What means the most to who, and who’s willing to take it.

What do you think distinguishes your show from others of the same genre on television currently?

We have really dedicated people attached that love being involved, all the way from the top to the bottom. We are all equal and we all wanna be there, and it shows.


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AMC airs some of the best and most adventurous television out there. What about AMC allows them to create this exceptional work?

They have giant elephant balls. I only watched AMC shows before I got this job: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, etc. Best stuff on TV (but a high-five to Kenny Powers).

What subject do you wish you could wax poetic about?

Health and science, together.

How has being a father changed you?

I laugh a lot now. I head bang harder. Things are silly and brilliant now, all at once. I don’t really get upset when I come across fuck faces anymore.

Your photography is very singular in style and subject. What makes you snap a picture?

I got this thing: I like to take the vulgar or the ugly and find the subtle and the pretty. I have a little company at www.bigbaldhead.com. I sell downloadable short films there for different charities. The common ground on the three [films] up there is that they are violent and grotesque and also so, so beautiful to see. I guess that’s what stops me and makes me notice. Or at least shoot for.

Can you speak a little about your work with Big Bald Head? The material and subjects you are attracted to make films about?

Well, I was in a bad car accident in Berlin several years ago. I have a metal eye socket now and some screws in my face. [I] was laid up for a long time, looking like the elephant man, and started writing these short films. I really thought the acting jobs were gone. I would sit on the hospital floor with a package of army men and a camera and work out the camera movements, etc., [then] send those with the pages to Los Angeles where a friend of mine set me up to make the first one. I Thought of You was all about being inside the mind of Miles Davis, based on a series of old interviews I had found mostly. I made a few more. I had these and didn’t know what to do with them, so I’ve only donated the profits to charity. The name “Big Bald Head” comes from a Laurie Anderson song [called] “Sharkey’s Day,” [part of] my first concert my mom took me to.

What films/roles do you have coming out?

A film called Sunlight Jr. with Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon, directed by the brilliant Laurie Collyer. And more Walking Dead.

What was it like working with Naomi Watts?

She’s so cool, right there with you. I really loved working with her. I was nervous to meet her — she made me nervous. My first line ever to her was “I can smell your pussy through this glass.” Maybe that had something to do with it.

Norman Reedus: The Live Talking Head | ContentMode Magazine Issue 7

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Photographer:

Jeffrey Graetsch

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Deborah Ferguson

Hair:

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Makeup:

Tina Turnbow @ Crosby Carter Management

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