Nroman Reedus Talks Playing Daryl Dixon

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Daryl Dixon, the bad-boy-turned-good crossbow-killer is certainly one of the most popular characters on television today. In a rare interview, actor Norman Reedus spoke about how he stays in zombie-slaying shape year-round.

“He’s such a no-bullsh*t kind of guy and a great judge of character,” said Reedus about his character, Daryl. “He’s becoming a man he wouldn’t have been if all this hadn’t gone down.”

“This apocalypse has benefited him,” confirmed Reedus.

”More Cheetah, Less Gorila.”

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As for the workouts, Reedus has a trainer in New York during the off-season. “Nothing too specific,” said the actor. “I just try to shed any holiday pounds and get my mind right.”

“When I’m down there [around Atlanta], I have a gym in my house, so I try to work out when I can, but sometimes when you work so many hours all you can do is get home and fall on your face.”

“I’m also running through the woods in 103° heat and my crossbow weighs a ton, and I’m always riding bikes and building things, so the pounds melt off. But, you know, it would be silly if Daryl took off his shirt and had a six-pack. Plus, if I saw an actor on our show do that and I were a viewer, I’d think that was pretty vain and pretty sellout. You kind of want Daryl to be more cheetah, less gorilla.”

Norman Reedus On Yoga, Transcendental Mediation

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Beyond his personal gym, Reedus enjoys doing yoga and transcendental meditation (TM), which people like Jerry Seinfeld, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Tim Ferriss also practice and attribute to their success.

“People keep telling me I’d love [TM]. I know Howard Stern does it. He says he closes his eyes in his closet for a few minutes, and it’s like he’s slept for three hours. That sounds amazing….”

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