Shoot! I missed the zombies

SINGAPORE - They can talk the talk but can they walk the walk?

At The Walking Dead Live event at LaSalle College of the Arts on Jan 12, US actor Norman Reedus battled with his British co-star Andrew Lincoln in a friendly challenge to "rescue" two "hostages" from a zombie horde.

But aiming proved to be tough for 45-year-old Reedus, who fumbled in front of some 250 fans.

Ironic, considering his character in the show, Daryl Dixon, is a deadly shot with a crossbow.

Lincoln, 40, who plays lead character Rick Grimes, proved to have marginally better aim.

The duo met 500 invited fans for a Q&A session.


What is an average day on set like?

Reedus: I ride a motorcycle to set. I bring him (Lincoln) coffee or he brings me coffee. We blast some music and they cover us in blood and sweat.

Then we go to the trailer and talk about the day ahead. There are lots of brotherly love, selfies and hugs.

What attracted you to your character?

Lincoln: I'm convinced I got the job only because my son had just been born then and I hadn't slept in four days. I looked like I survived the zombie apocalypse.

Do you watch yourself?

Lincoln: I don't watch The Walking Dead. I stopped watching myself since about 15 years ago - it's painful and I become self-conscious. (He kept his eyes down and covered his ears when a clip was played at the event.)

Is it tough filming the action scenes?

Reedus: I get injured a lot. I've given myself a couple of black eyes with the crossbow. I always get hurt.

How much of yourself do you think you have invested in your character?

Lincoln: You have to be psychotic. It's all in you but you have to find ways to find it. But there are qualities that Rick has that I don't - courage, for one.

Do you find time to do other work?

Reedus: This job is so satisfying and takes so much out of you that there is no desire to go get work in between.

Any tips on dialogue?

Lincoln: Acting is about not being afraid of looking like a ****. If you feel comfortable enough to get it wrong, then you're daring enough to take risks.

Any inspirational anecdotes relating to acting?

Reedus: I had just quit my motorcycle job when someone asked me to do a film about a kid whose father was in an accident. Coincidentally, my dad was in a wheelchair. So (to get into the scene) I called my dad for a chat.

During the first take, I cried, so much snot came out. A crew member later told me that they didn't know I was a first-time actor. You learn as you go along and find what works for you.

Lincoln: It took 20 auditions before I got my first job. You have to be tough. I wished I trusted my instincts like Norman did. I used to be a people-pleaser. Then I said **** all that, let's be real.

(The Walking Dead villain) The Governor is dead. Who replaces this villain?

Lincoln: In this season, you will see the prison family at their most vulnerable. The people left who aren't behind closed doors are pretty resilient, dark people.

If roles were reversed, which part of the zombies would you enjoy eating and why?

Reedus: I eat squirrels on the show, so I eat pretty much anything.

Lincoln: I'm a breast man.

The Walking Dead Season 4 returns on Feb 10, 11.30am and 8.10pm on FOX Movies Premium (StarHub TV Ch 622).