Oct 29, 2013

    My zombie-hunting character's like a coyote

    American actor Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon in hit zombie series The Walking Dead, says he put a lot of blood and sweat into playing the character of a short-tempered, crossbow-slinging zombie hunter.

    Here's what the 44-year-old has to say about shooting Season 4 of the series.

    How different does Season 4 feel, in terms of going deeper into the characters?

    There's a bunch of different elements this year. As far as the gore factor, there is a new threat that is happening.

    It's an internal threat, and that - along with something else - has caused us to run away from where we were as people and as a group, and there are certain leadership responsibilities that are delegated in different ways this year.

    It's not the same prison it was when we left it in Season 3.

    What do you like about Daryl that's fun to play?

    Aw, he is great. I think he is super interesting. He is becoming this different person, but he is awkward. He means what he says, he wears his heart on his sleeve, and he is completely loyal.

    He is kind of like this...feral dog, a coyote in the woods or something. But if you could, somehow, spend some time with it, feed it, take it somewhere warm, it will stay by your leg forever, like it'll just protect you forever.

    Why do you think Daryl is so popular?

    I think he is complicated. He can hunt, he can take care of himself, he can track his own food, he is kind of already equipped for the situation, but the interesting thing about him (is that) he is not really mature in the ways of human interaction.

    Someone sent you a silicone implant among your fan mail last year. What about this season?

    God, I got a guitar, like a really expensive guitar, and I tweeted: "Please don't spend money if you send me things."

    Apparently, the woman who sent me the guitar said her husband had a huge guitar collection. He had been a soldier in Afghanistan and passed away.

    She thought he would have wanted me to have one, so she just picked one out and gave it to me.

    What kind of women do you like?

    I like a lot of different women, all at once - no (laughs), I like the same thing in women that everyone likes: a sense of humour, not to take herself too seriously and, generally, a happy person.

    The Walking Dead Season 4 airs on Fox Movies Premium (SingTel mio TV Ch 414/StarHub Ch 622) at 10pm every Sunday.