What Was Norman Reedus In Before The Walking Dead? 4 Must-See Projects
Norman Reedus may best be known as hottie redneck and crossbow-wielding zombie slayer Daryl Dixon, but his career is more than just The Walking Dead. If you’ve been wondering where else you can catch the sexy 45-year-old badass and multi-hyphenate, here are our editors’ picks for additional must-see Norman projects.
Boondock Saints What can we say about Boondock Saints that hasn’t already been said? It’s a cult classic that’s widely loved, and it features Norman Reedus as an anti-hero “angel” set on fixing the mean streets of Boston with help from his fraternal twin brother (played by Sean Patrick Flanery). And let’s not forget about the amazing game of cat-and-mouse Norman and Sean play with Willem Dafoe’s opera-loving detective throughout the course of the movie. It’s a gory, dangerous, high-action dance of a drama, and it was definitely one of Norman’s best (and breakout) performances!
American Gangster First off, if you haven’t seen American Gangster, shame on you. Although Norman only has a bit part in this cinematic masterpiece, it is still definitely worth watching. We’re just using Norman as the sweetener to get you to see it!
Cigarette Burns Norman takes the lead role in this horror short directed by John Carpenter (who mentored The Walking Dead zombie-maker and executive producer Greg Nicotero during his ...of the Dead series days), and wow.The Walking Dead is gory, and grim, and gruesome, but Cigarette Burns is a cerebral thriller that shows a very different side of Norman as a horror story protagonist. The short film’s plot is a nod to Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Fando Y Lis, a movie so controversial it was banned in Mexico after its debut, and got several hits taken out on Jodorowsky’s head (we’re not kidding!). Cigarette Burns is not nearly as scary as that, but it’s a great blend of camp and psychological suspense. It’s easily one of the best John Carpenter films in decades, and Norman’s leading role is far and away the most memorable performance in the film.
The Sun’s Coming Up… Like a Big Bald Head: Photo Book If you didn’t know, Norman Reedus is also a photographer, and many of the photos in this book were taking on The Walking Dead set. We know, we know. This isn’t something you can watch on the small screen, but it’s something that’ll look damn good on your coffee table and it might even give your guests the impression that you are of the cultured couch potato variety.
For the most part, Norman has had bit parts (or appeared in foreign movies we’ve never even heard of), so it’s nice to see his career picking up with a small-screen hit like The Walking Dead. We hope the huge success from the TV series helps catapult him into bigger and better roles in Hollywood. Everybody needs more Norman in their lives!
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.