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VIDEO: Norman Reedus returns to Savannah film fest, dishes on new roles and his terrifying video game

 

VIDEO: Norman Reedus returns to Savannah film fest, dishes on new roles and his terrifying video game

26 Oct 2014
When "The Walking Dead" star Norman Reedus blurts out he's working on a new Ad

When “The Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus blurts out he’s working on a new Adult Swim cartoon called “Deep Frito,” I want to believe him. He’s super cool and very charming, but he’s also known for his weird sense of humor, and I can’t tell if he’s humoring me or honestly trying to plug a new project.

One thing I do know, it’s nearly impossible to fit all of his current projects into a rushed five-minute interview.

Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on AMC’s No. 1 rated show “The Walking Dead,” is in town again for the Savannah Film Festival.

The star says he rode his motorcycle out here after an

early 4:30 a.m. filming for “The Walking Dead” outside of Atlanta — a trip he’s made for the past several years and one he says he enjoys.

Reedus says he got to know the city while filming Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator” in 2009, and he returned for the festival this year to teach a master class to Savannah College of Art and Design students — and to grab a bite to eat at The Olde Pink House.

“The Walking Dead” is in its fifth season, and saw a record-setting debut this season with more than 22 million viewers.

Reedus says they are currently filming the second-to-last episode of the season and he’s enjoying the fast pace this time around.

“There’s new characters, new locations, there’s a lot going on. … I like the difference. It’s so much different than last season in regards to these characters and what’s going through our heads. The characters have changed so much since first day.”

The show is created by Robert Kirkman and is based on Kirkman’s comic book series of the same title (although, Daryl Dixon is not a character from the comics) and Reedus and Kirkman teamed up again for the movie “Air,” which is set to release next spring.

“Air” is Kirkman’s first venture into film production, and he chose writer/director Christian Cantamessa to come onboard. This is Cantamessa’s first feature film, too — gamers may be familiar Canteamessa’s work on “Red Dead Redemption.”

Reedus stars in the movie with two-time Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (a name Reedus pronounces with ease). The film is a post-apocalyptic science fiction thriller where Reedus and Hounsou’s characters portray two custodians who struggle to keep their sanity while living in an underground bunker with cryogenically frozen people meant to re-populate society.

“It’s hard doing a two person movie because you never go to your trailer, ever, you never have a break. It’s really exhausting.”

Reedus describes what it’s like to be stuck alongside the handsome and charming Hounsou day in, day out.

“Something happens to me in the film where I start to suffocate a little bit, and so veins come out of my face and my face turns purple. So, I did the whole movie basically purple and then I have to sit next to Djimon who is like beautiful and he’s sitting over there being beautiful and I have purple veins all over my face — that was annoying.”

Reedus admits he broke his toe while kicking Djimon during filming and had to go to the emergency room. He says his character has a dark side.

“He’s a wise ass,” Reedus explains. “These characters wake up every six months and take care of these facilities that hopefully will be the restart of humanity at one point.

“They do the same thing and Djimon sees himself as a scientist and I see myself as a janitor even though we have the same job title.”

While the premiere of the trailer promo of season five of “The Walking Dead” made headlines at this year’s Comic Con in San Diego, another big sneak peek was the teaser for the new video game staring Reedus, “Silent Hills.”

The Silent Hill games are known to be some of the scariest games on the market, and this game teams creator Hideo Kojima with writer, producer and director Guillermo del Toro.

Reedus notes del Toro also gave him his first break with the film “Mimic” (1997) and he is looking forward to working with him again.

The game is still in production, but Reedus knows enough about the project to know the game is going to be terrifying.

“It’s a long process. It’s intense. It’s different. It’s a first-person game. So, it’s you (which is actually Reedus on screen) … walking through the world and everything that jumps out at you is terrifying.

“They showed me the teaser on an iPad and I was mesmerized by how terrifying it was. They openly said they want it to be the scariest thing you’ve ever seen.”

Another big event for Reedus is the upcoming crime thriller “Triple Nine.” The film depicts a group of corrupt police officers being blackmailed by gangsters into pulling off a seemingly impossible heist by plotting the murder of a rookie police officer in order to force a “999” code — the code for “officer down.” The code is meant to enable them to pull off a bank robbery across town.

The film also stars big names like Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson, Gal Gadot, Chiwetel Ejoifor and Casey Affleck.

“John Hillcoat is an amazing director. … It’s a crazy awesome cast. It’s super intense. We shot it in Atlanta … and we robbed a bank.”

Reedus describes his character as “an ex-military man.”

“We come together to pull off these crazy, crazy crimes and fake a 999.”

 
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