“The Walking Dead” actor Norman Reedus, who plays the iconic and fan favorite character Daryl Dixon in the series, revealed that the popularity of his character has reached a point where people have been impersonating the character and even Reedus himself as their job.
During an appearance on “Conan,” the late-night show of host Conan O’Brien, the actor shared an experience wherein he discovered that he has professional impersonators.
“Well, a friend of mine was at a hotel, and this guy was sitting at the bar,” he said. “And he had the same baseball hat I wear and the same clothes I have on and the same haircut and the same boots. And my friend goes, ‘You look like my friend Norman.’ He said, ‘I play Norman Reedus.’ You dress as Daryl Dixon? He goes, ‘I do that on the weekends. But on the weekdays, I play Norman Reedus.’ And had a business card and the whole thing.”
In other news, series showrunner and executive producer Scott M. Gimple recently revealed the production’s method of securing the much sought-after secret regarding the identity of the one meeting the end of Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) bat Lucille. Apparently, they opted to shoot the death scene of all 11 characters lined up in front of Negan at the time, leaving the real identity of the one who would die at the hands of the people behind the cameras, as even the actors do not know presumably the truth about who gets to bite the dust next in the season.
Gimple cited the rising popularity of drones and how it used by the paparazzi and die-hard fans in order to get first-hand spoilers for the show.
“With the advent of drones, it can become such a game of cat and mouse that as far as sneaking a peek at the actors walking to set, we want to just keep our actors safe and the people who might be looking safe like [when they’re] in the street,” Gimple told The Hollywood Reporter.
“The Walking Dead” returns for its seventh season on AMC sometime around fall this year.