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Norman Reedus photographed by Jamie Burke for So It Goes Magazine 2015

‘To play a bad guy who’s just a bad guy all the time is not very interesting; playing a bad guy who has puppy eyes and is depressed and crying on the other hand… Equally, to play a good guy who is wholly good is boring, but to play a good guy who wants revenge is interesting. It’s that tussle I like.’

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‘If you feel socially awkward there’s reasons why you feel socially awkward. Maybe you feel socially awkward on the outside because inside you don’t feel like you fit in. And I like feeling like I don’t fit in, and I’ve always liked feeling like I don’t fit in and I’m perfectly cool with it. When someone would fake it to fit in on the outside it really rubbed me the wrong way.’

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‘There were certain scripts in the beginning that had me taking drugs and saying racist lines. I fought not to say them. I wanted to have this kid grow up in a world of racism and drugs - the whole hillbilly-redneck thing - but have a slight chip on his shoulder about it, so he chooses not to say those things and not to take drugs. I wanted him to grow up and hate drugs. If he didn’t, he would have been just like his brother Merle. Instead I’m little brother Daryl, a kid who wants to stand on his own two feet. In terms of the fewer lines, I don’t think more necessarily equals a more popular, interesting character - there are certain people in the show who are the ‘storytellers’ as a result of the lines they speak. For others, their actions speak louder than words. Daryl is a man of few words.’

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Norman Reedus photographed by Sebastian Kim for GQ Magazine 2014

‘If you feel socially awkward there’s reasons why you feel socially awkward. Maybe you feel socially awkward on the outside because inside you don’t feel like you fit in. And I like feeling like I don’t fit in, and I’ve always liked feeling like I don’t fit in and I’m perfectly cool with it. When someone would fake it to fit in on the outside it really rubbed me the wrong way.’