Where does reality stop and fantasy begin? In the case of The Walking Dead superstar Norman Reedus, the question is still very much up in the air.
His Daryl Dixon is a very flawed, psychologically scarred character in a zombie-infested world. And there is much in his portrayal that is informed by a real life that is equally flawed and equally scarred. In Norman Reedus: An Unauthorized Biography: True Tales of the Walking Dead’s Zombie Hunter, the first detailed look at Norman Reedus’ life and times, you will get it all. The good, the bad and the ugly.
This book chronicles his days as a defiant young man in a fractured but ultimately liberating family life, allegations of physical abuse from Reedus himself, to his struggles in the Los Angeles art underground, alcohol problems that saw him in AA and, for a time, homeless, his breakthrough in acting, modeling and the slow, steady and never boring journey through love, fatherhood and his often truly odd professional choices. You’ll discover why Reedus said thanks but no thanks to an offer to play opposite a reigning superstar, how he became Daryl Dixon and how The Walking Dead changed his life.
Oh yes, there is that penchant for roadkill.
New York Times Bestselling author Marc Shapiro has dug deep, tracking down people who knew him way back when as well as in the here and now for original interviews. They were willing to talk and they revealed stories about Reedus that even the most fanatic fans won’t know. The author’s research was relentless, digging into deep, dark and obscure corners. Norman Reedus’ world is about real life wrapped around a world of fantasy. Norman Reedus: The Unauthorized Biography: True Tales of the Walking Dead’s Zombie Hunter pulls no punches, tells only the truth and leaves the rest up to the reader.
Which ultimately is the way Norman Reedus would want it.
"The ambulance took me to the hospital. I come in and they see me just covered in blood and they just start freaking out."
Norman was driven back to the set but his day of zombie fighting was over. He was placed in a van and driven from the set to his home. The van eased up a hill and...
"There was an 18 wheeler on its side in a ditch," recalled Norman. "Telephone poles were knocked over. There was a lady on the road screaming that the driver had just had a heart attack and that he was trapped behind the wheel. Norman jumped out of the moving van, climbed up the overturned truck, pulled the driver out of the cab and laid him on the ground. "I stood over him, talked to him, telling him 'Stay with me man! Can you hear me?'
The same ambulance that had been called to the set for Norman a few hours earlier rounded the corner. The EMT jumped out of the ambulance and made his way toward the accident. He was greeted by the sight of Norman, still dressed in blood soaked clothing and with a bandage covering his stitches, kneeling over the truck driver.
The EMT yelled "Didn't I just take you to the hospital?" Norman his body flying on the strength of pain medication and adrenaline, could only muster...
..."No it's not me! It's him."