When the Savannah Film Festival announced it was bringing Norman Reedus back to town for the second year in a row, fans of the highly rated AMC television series "The Walking Dead" rejoiced with a resounding "Daryl!" Reedus, also popular for his breakout role as Murphy MacManus in the indie thriller "The Boondock Saints" (1999), plays the role of Daryl Dixon in the zombie-filled American horror drama series filmed in and around Atlanta. Daryl is a crossbow-toting, zombie-killing, squirrel-hunting, motorcycle-riding, good ole Georgia guy who began the series as a loner and began slowly climbing to leader status among his group of survivors as they struggle to protect themselves from the never-ending packs of walkers.Now in season four, "The Walking Dead" is one of the most-watched shows on TV and fans can't seem to get enough of the brain-bashing battles and finding out "who's gonna die on this episode?"Reedus recently called in from location of "The Walking Dead" just outside Atlanta to dish on Daryl, the series, and what he wanted to be when he grew up. How physically tough are the action scenes from "The Walking Dead" in real life?Oh, man, we've got three more episodes left to shoot and I'm exhausted. It's extremely tough. I've had numerous doctor visits. I had to have my forehead stitched up. I was bit by a bee the other day. I've fallen down off a cliff. New actors come in on the show and start out all gung-ho and leave at the end of day all beaten up. It's pretty intense. The series is based off "The Walking Dead" comic book series. Even if you read the comic books, you never know when someone is going to die on the show. Do they give you guys notice when your time is near or is it a secret to the cast as well?They give us 15 minutes. What?(Laughs) No, I'm kidding. We get a little heads up. The person that is going to die knows before everyone else so they can prepare and say goodbye on their own terms. I'd be lying if I said we didn't thumb through the script the minute they hand it to us and see if we are going to make it or not. What is your favorite way that Daryl has killed a walker?Oh, I really like the crossbow and knife action at the same time. And smashing the head of a walker in the hatchback of a car - now that was fun. I also like leaping - Daryl sailing through the air and sticking the knife in the forehead. It's all kind of fun. One of the most powerful Daryl scenes was last season when Merle (Daryl's brother) died. Emotionally, how do you prepare for a scene like that?I read the script and I knew that day was going to suck. You just kind of get your head right. You know what I mean? You have to maintain it all day, because you shoot it so many times, over and over, at different angles. You have to find that place and stay there. â€¦ You just go to that place somehow. It ruins your day. I know you have some super-fans. What are some of the weirdest requests or gifts you have received from fans?A lady sent me her breast implant.You still have that?Yeah, I use it as a cell phone cradle. I've gotten whips, bags of meat, requests to lick people, requests to have them lick me. I sign a lot of boobs. I sign a lot of butts. One time, I had these Japanese girls have me blow into a bottle and they sealed it and took it back to Japan. I get a lot of stuff. But my very favorite items fans send me are the little kids' drawings. I hang those up in my trailer. Even though Daryl wasn't a character from the comic book, the audience seemed to automatically love him. Why do you think Daryl is such a popular character?He's an honest guy. You see this guy that didn't really need these people ... but he finds self-worth around these people and we get to watch him grow. It's interesting to watch. He means what he says and he's loyal. He is who he is and he's always finding reasons to fight. Emily Kinney is also coming to the film festival. She plays Beth Greene on the show. In the season opener, Beth hugs Daryl - maybe a little too long? Is it possible that relationship is going to be explored this season?It's possible. (Laughs) I can't tell you stuff like that! Come on! (Laughs) What I can tell you is that everything that happens in the first episode happens for a reason. They have really fleshed out these characters and we have gotten to find out what makes them tick and what makes them fight. It's a very well thought out season this year. We have all the elements of the first three seasons plus the full-blown war mode and we get to get more in depth with these characters. I'm sure people are always trying to trick you into telling them a secret about the show. Have you ever slipped up and given a spoiler?Nope. Never. I've purposely lead people astray though. That's always fun. The video game Walking Dead, Survival Instinct (based on the lives of Daryl and his brother Merle) came out March 2013. Are you happy with the final product?Yeah, it was cool. I've never been a character in a video game before. It's such a good game. My son just turned 14. He played it, and he really likes it. It was funny because I forgot that I cussed in it. I heard this loud "(expletive)" while he was playing and he turned around with his mouth wide open and looked at me. Oops! But it's so cool. It's so detailed. There was also talk of a comic book series about Daryl and Merle. Any news on that?I heard that, too, but I haven't seen anything. I've heard tons of rumors about tons of stuff. Anything is possible. You recently published a book of photography titled "The Sun's Coming Up Like a Big Bald Head" (the title comes from Laurie Anderson's song "Sharkey's Day" that Reedus heard at a concert his mother took him to when he was a kid) and it's described as a "hauntingly intimate journey through the dark and sublime." How do you describe these images?It's kind of like this weird yearbook of the last 15 years of my life and all these cool places I've been like a Moscow prisonâ€¦ I go all over the world. It's the stuff I've seen and through my eyes and it's my interpretation. It's a peek into my private life. I'm so proud of the images. I'm planning to do a second book. It will go on sale soon and preorders going quick. We are already in the black, as they say. This is the second year for you to come to the Savannah Film Festival. Are you excited to come back?It's actually my third time in Savannah. I shot "The Conspirator" there. I love Savannah. It has such good food, beautiful architecture and really cool people. I like Georgia in particular. I'm here now and I like it. I go back to New York (where he lives when he's not filming) and I get this craving to come back. I like riding my motorcycle in the Georgia woods. Do you know what you are going to do at the film festival this time around?I'm not sure. I spoke to students last time and that was fun. I came in and sat in a big fluffy chair and they gathered around and listened to me. It was very cool. You said in a video last year from the Savannah Film Festival that you have killed someone in everything you've filmed. Did "Hello Herman" change that?Yes, and there are a few others in there, but they are very rare. I guess I just have one of those faces. I usually play someone that has a troubled life. What's next for you?Well, I have a new movie titled "Sunlight Jr." that is coming out. I don't actually kill anyone in that movie. But you play a bad guy, right?Yeah, I play a real jerk, but the movie is really, really good. Naomi (Watts) is in it, she's awesome. It's also got Matt Dillon. He's awesome, too You and Matt Dillon have been in three films together. Are you good friends?Yeah, we are. Several years ago, I went with him to the Havana Film Festival. He's such a cool person. If you weren't an actor, what do you think you would be doing?Probably just have a nice quiet life in the woods with lots of cats running around, and I'd be painting and making weird video art. (Laughs) When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a marine biologist like Jacques Cousteau. He's probably the coolest guy ever. I wanted to be that guy with long stripy shirts, crazy long hair and diving deep into ocean. But I'm not unhappy with what's happened though. It's a pretty cool life, too.