If there’s one character on The Walking Dead that everyone seems to love, it’s Daryl Dixon. Men want to be him, women want to be with him. What other character could inspire a motto like “If Daryl dies, we riot”? Actor Norman Reedus has relished his newfound popularity, making appearances at comic book conventions around the country.
It’s all pretty impressive considering Daryl wasn’t even originally part of the show. Neither Daryl nor his brother Merle existed in The Walking Dead comic book. When the show began pre-production, producers decided to create a new character named Merle Dixon to create more tension. Norman Reedus auditioned for the role, but producers didn’t think he was right for the part. Nonetheless, they loved Reedus, so they created another new role just for him: Merle’s brother, Daryl.
By now, most people are aware of Norman Reedus’ appearance in the cult film The Boondock Saints and its sequel, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. But Reedus actually works regularly in films when The Walking Dead isn’t filming. He does a lot of independent films, but he’s been known lately to take smaller roles in some bigger productions.
Here then are three recent movie that Norman Reedus appears in that you might not know about:
I know what you’re thinking: yes, you already knew about the movie Vacation. But, based on the negative review, I’m guessing not a lot of people actually saw it. Which means even fewer people know that Norman Reedus is in it.
Vacation is a reboot of the classic Chevy Chase series from National Lampoon. Ed Helms takes over the role of Rusty Griswald, who is now grown and attempts to take his own family on a vacation to Wally World. As you can imagine, mayhem ensues.
There’s a reason you didn’t know Reedus was in this movie, though — it’s a very small role. It’s slightly more than a cameo, but I’d say Reedus is onscreen for less than five minutes. Nonetheless, it’s a hilarious role for him that doesn’t require him to do much more than just be Norman Reedus. (And the rest of the movie isn’t bad either — though it doesn’t hold a candle to the original.)
Stretch was a 2014 action-comedy movie that, sadly, almost no one saw.
It’s a shame because it’s actually a drop-dead hilarious movie with some of the most outrageous characters and situations you’ve ever seen.
It actually starts with a short cameo from Norman Reedus, playing himself. (And weirdly enough, he appears with Ed Helms again.) Even though it’s right at the beginning, it’s still one of the funniest moments in the entire film. But do yourself a favor and stick around for the rest — you’ll thank me later.
The Pawn Shop Chronicles
No, it’s not a new TV series on the History Channel. The Pawn Shop Chronicles is a 2013 crime-comedy film that, once again, almost no one saw.
Basically, the film features three separate but interconnected stories, all revolving around items from the same pawn shop. In addition to Norman Reedus, The Pawn Shop Chronicles has a fairly impressive ensemble cast. Other stars include Paul Walker, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elijah Wood, and Ashlee Simpson.