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Norman Reedus chats about the upcoming season of “The Walking Dead,” apologizing to Naomi Watts, and his upcoming film slate

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Norman Reedus may have broken onto the scene with roles in films like “Mimic” and “8MM,” but it’s his role as Murphy MacManus in Troy Duffy’s 1999 cult classic “The Boondock Saints” that really made the actor a star. Fast forward a decade to 2010 and Reedus would soon become a household name by playing a foul-mouthed (but often lovable) redneck that kills zombies with pinpoint accuracy with the help of his trusty crossbow. Reedus’ star power exploded with his role in AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and it’s about to get even brighter with the premiere of the show’s third season on October 14th.

Reedus sat down with IFC.COM recently to chat about his upcoming film slate, how he found himself apologizing to Naomi Watts on a daily basis, and just how “crazy” the upcoming season of “The Walking Dead” is going to be.

IFC: Do you feel like Daryl’s more of a likeable guy now than he was when “The Walking Dead” first started?

Norman Reedus: It’s funny because we’re almost wrapped up with season three – we’ve got maybe four or five more episodes – and I’ve had to go back and forth between this ferocious guy and the “please help me, I’m a wounded animal” guy that I don’t know what to ask for. They ask me what kind of things I want to do as the character, and I can’t decide if I want to poke a bunch of people’s eyes out and cut their throats or just curl up in a ball and cry because they’re both kind of fun.

IFC: I think Daryl and Carol became closer to each other this past season than almost anyone else on the show. Tell me a little bit about your relationship with Melissa McBride.

REEDUS: I adore Melissa. She’s one of my favorite actors on the show. She’s such a good actress and she has so much inside that she can just open her eyes and stare at you and listen and so much stuff comes out of her. I’ve been very fortunate in the fact that I’ve had a lot of scenes with Melissa – private scenes. It’s just the luck of the draw, I think. Both of our characters are very similar – they’re damaged people gravitating towards damaged people – but I love Melissa. She’s one of my dearest friends and she’s just awesome to watch. She’s really magnificent.

IFC: Any hints you can give us about what we can expect for Daryl in season three?

REEDUS: Rick has sort of become the brother than Merle wasn’t. So now that Merle’s back, there’s a lot of confrontation. There’s a lot of bullets. There’s a lot of kills. There’s a ferociousness to this season that wasn’t in seasons one and two. The first season was kind of an introduction. The second season we sort of treated the zombies like we were terrified of them. The third season it’s like a plague. It’s like an infestation of giant man-eating rats. Everyone’s just pissed off. So everyone’s demeanor is different in the third season, and everyone’s just fed up. It’s a new animal this year.

IFC: This little movie you made with Sean Patrick Flanery and Troy Duffy has become a huge cult classic. Do you still get people coming up to you and telling you that “The Boondock Saints” is their favorite movie? Do they want to see your hands to see if the tattoos are there?

REEDUS: Every day. Every day, all day long. (Laughs) I did the USO tour with Sean. We got to meet the troops in Dubai and Bahrain and Djibouti and Ethiopia and to have that many people who are just complete badasses and love that film and know every single quote in that film, it was pretty humbling. I have firemen and policemen, all the time, tell me that’s their favorite movie.

I remember talking to Willem Dafoe a long time ago and he’s like “All I ever wanted to be was a really good cult actor,” and I was like “What the hell’s he talking about? What’s that mean?” And then I discovered the legions of fans that come with cult films. It’s pretty awesome. I thank my stars every day that Troy gave me that shot.

IFC: Obviously you still love the movie at this point. You’re not tired of talking about that one yet?

REEDUS: Nah, man. I love that film. It’s one thing to do a big film and have every billboard on the planet to promote it, and every commercial. But we did this little film and had none of that. No had no P&A [publicity and advertising] at all. It was just passed around through word of mouth and it became this big deal. And, you know, that never happens. That’s cooler than being the big film that’s overly promoted and doesn’t do anything. It’s a much bigger prestige for me. It’s sort of like the people’s movie and I’m super proud of it.

IFC: You have a few movies coming up that people are excited about. In “Sunlight Jr.” you get to work with Naomi Watts and Laurie Collyer. How has that experience been for you?

REEDUS: Yeah, and Matt Dillon too. You know, Laurie’s great. I met Laurie in Little Italy back in New York, right around the corner from my apartment and I just fell in love with her. I was like “I’ll do anything you want to do.” She’s such a strong woman with a vision. So I sat down with her and she had this punk rock t-shirt on and I was like “Who is this chick?” I totally fell in love with her.

This film? I’m all sorts of fucked up in this film. I think my first line ever on “Sunlight Jr.” was to Naomi and it was “I can smell your pussy through the glass.” (Laughs) Every day I was like “I apologize. I’m sorry. I’m sorry about tomorrow.” (Laughs) It’s gonna be interesting.

IFC: That’s your Hannibal Lecter line.

REEDUS: I know, right? (Laughs) I’m all sorts of white trash in that flick. Not like Daryl, though. I’m like “city white trash.” I’m more meth-head white trash. I’ve got the tank top and the big gold chain. I’ve got flip-flops with the white socks on. The whole thing.

IFC: So you move from “Sunlight Jr.” over to “Pawn Shop Chronicles,” which is more of an action-comedy. Does that mean we get to see you do a little bit of comedy too?

REEDUS: Well, it’s interesting in that movie because you gotta look for me. I decided that I wanted people to see me in that film and be like “Was that so-and-so?” They kept asking me “Can we see your face a little bit more?” and I’m just like “No. Not at all.” It’s one of those cameos that will be super fun to watch.

Even on that film with all these big stars in it, though… I sat around in Florida doing that film and all I wanted to do was go back to Georgia and be Daryl Dixon again. So, my heart’s really in Daryl Dixon.

You can see Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon in “The Walking Dead” when Season 3 premieres on AMC on October 14.

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Scott Aukerman Is Hitting the Road for a Comedy Bang! Bang! Live Tour

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Comprised of countless characters, hilarious guests, and running gags, Comedy Bang! Bang! simply can’t be contained in just its podcast and TV forms. As such, host Scott Aukerman is taking the show and its oddball cavalcade on the road in a brand new live tour. Fan favorites Lauren Lapkus, Paul F. Tompkins, and Neil Campbell will be along for the ride (either as themselves, as their show personas, or both — we’re not at liberty to say!), and there will surely be a few surprise drop-ins as well. And maybe…a little magic?

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Check out the tour dates below and catch the Comedy Bang! Bang! live tour when it swings nearby. And be sure to check back for updates on Comedy Bang! Bang!‘s new season, debuting this spring on IFC with new bandleader and cohost “Weird Al” Yankovic.

April 30 – Theater at the Ace—Los Angeles, CA
May 6 – Convocation Hall—Toronto, ON
May 7 – Wilbur Theatre—Boston, MA
May 8 – Keswick Theatre—Philadelphia, PA
May 9 – The Lincoln Theatre—Washington, DC
May 10 – The Carolina Theatre of Durham—Durham, NC
May 11 – The Tabernacle—Atlanta, GA
May 13 – Gramercy Theatre—New York, NY
May 17 – Texas Theatre—Dallas, TX
May 18 – Paramount Theatre—Austin, TX
May 19 – Pantages Theatre—Minneapolis, MN
May 20 – Athenaeum Theatre—Chicago, IL
May 21 – Royal Oak Music Theatre—Detroit, MI
May 22 – Paramount Theatre—Denver, CO
May 23 – Fox Theater—Oakland, CA
May 24 – Revolution Hall—Portland, OR
May 25 – The Moore Theatre—Seattle, WA
May 26 –Vogue Theatre—Vancouver, BC

Saturn Awards: Glen Mazzara promises “The Walking Dead” season three will be the best yet

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If showrunner Glen Mazzara is to be believed, the third season of “The Walking Dead” is going to be the best of the series.

Mazzara was on hand at the Saturn Awards Thursday where “The Walking Dead” received an award for Best Television Presentation. IFC had the chance to catch up with Mazzara, who took over showrunner duties after Frank Darabont left/was fired from the show during the second season, and he couldn’t stop gushing about how excited he was for fans to see the new episodes.

“Where we ended up last year, that kind of frenetic adrenalized pace, that’s where we’re picking up. And I really feel — we’re just finishing editing the fifth episode, we’ve delivered the script for eight — it’s a thrill ride. People are really going to say, ‘It’s too intense, they’re burning through story too fast, they’re going too fast, they need to slow down, duh duh.’ I guarantee fans are going to be excited,” he said. “There’s no way you can tell what’s coming next. It’s really great when the actors get a script and they say, ‘Oh my god, we’re really doing this?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, we’re doing it.’ So it’s exciting and I think that where we ended up last year is our starting point, and then we pick up the pace.”

There are two exciting new characters being introduced in the upcoming season: Michonne and The Governor. Michonne is a fan-favorite who is known for her katana-wielding, zombie-enslaving ways, while The Governor is one of the most evil villains in the entire “The Walking Dead” series. Mazzara is excited for fans to meet both characters, though for different reasons.

“There’s an exciting new energy,” he said. “Michonne is out there and she’s kicking ass and she feels fresh and exciting, and she comes into our world and meets our characters. It’s an interesting dynamic. It’s something that’s sort of puzzling to our characters. Who is this badass with the sword? That’s hard to figure out.”

He continued about The Governor, “The Governor is a formidable opponent, and I will say he’s an opponent. He’s out there, he’s someone to be afraid of. I think he’s scarier than any zombie out there, any walker. It’s going to be very, very interesting to see him go up against Rick.”

There were two big character deaths at the end of season two, both of which deviated from the comics. However, one actress on the show recently came out and said she wants her character to die in the same way she did in Robert Kirkman’s series — which would likely end up happening this season.

We asked Mazzara about the likelihood of that happening, and he laughed over the whole incident. Be warned, there are major “The Walking Dead” spoilers in the rest of this article.

“All of these folks want a big glorious death. They do. They want a memorable [death],” he said. “If you look at what we did with Shane’s death and Dale’s death, those were really emotional moments and what’s nice about our show is when you see deaths in a horror movie, you really don’t cry the way you do on our show when you lose a beloved character. So I think everyone loves working on the show, everyone’s happy, all of that stuff, but yeah they all want their big moment. They want to go out in a blaze of glory.”

One actor who shouldn’t be too worried is Steven Yeun, whose fan-favorite character was recently given a brutal death in issue 100 of “The Walking Dead.”

“That death in issue 100 was pretty shocking. I thought it was really well done. It’s something that’s really under my skin, but keep in mind that that’s 100 issues in,” Mazzara said. “We’re really just getting into the Governor and Michonne, which I think is issues 20 or something like that, so we have a ways to go. But I know Steven Yeun is very nervous — I don’t want to spoil anything — and I’ve been asked this question before but, I hate to say it, that scene’s really stuck in my head. It’s a good scene. So we’ll see what happens.”

“The Walking Dead” returns to AMC on October 14.

What elements of “The Walking Dead” comic do you hope end up in the series? Which characters would you like to see be killed off? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Wes Anderson lands Johnny Depp for “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

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If you thought “Moonrise Kingdom” had an awesome cast, just wait until you hear about “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”

Wes Anderson‘s upcoming project has put together his most impressive slate of film actors to date. In fact, they were announced before its title was. But now Johnny Depp is officially locked down for the movie (he’ll likely film this once he’s done with “Lone Ranger”) and Scott Rudin will be reprising his relationship with Anderson on the project, Deadline reports.

Still yet to be confirmed for roles in the movie are Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury. Many of those actors are ones we’re familiar with seeing in Anderson projects, but it’s exciting that newcomers like Jude Law, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury are interested in coming on board.

Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” is close to grossing $40 million this summer, which is impressive based on its limited release. Depp is trying something new by teaming with Anderson, so we hope that the director plays with his tried-and-true formula as well in “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” “Moonrise Kingdom” was a joy, but also was his most Wes Anderson-y movie yet. Maybe it’s time to shake things up a bit. We’ll be happy either way.

In a recent interview with /Film, Anderson teased that “The Grand Budapest Hotel” at least won’t be family friendly. He said (as we now know from the title) the movie will be set in Europe and will have a role for Owen Wilson.

“I have a script that I’ve just finished and that one I would say does not really follow that vein. I don’t think it’s… I would say it’s not very family friendly,” he said with a laugh. “I would say I did go from a movie that’s, at least theoretically, meant to be made for an audience of children, which was ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox,’ to a movie that is about children whoever the audience is meant to be. So there’s at least some continuity between those two.”

Do you think that Anderson and Depp will be a good pairing? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Willem Dafoe still perplexed by “John Carter” reception

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Andrew Stanton’s swashbuckling science-fiction blockbuster “John Carter” could very well go down as one of the most polarizing films in recent history, with audiences split over whether to love or hate the live-action film based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ popular hero. In fact, it appears that there’s very little middle ground when it comes to “John Carter” — a situation that frustrates and confuses its fans and critics alike.

For veteran actor Willem Dafoe, who played green-skinned alien Tars Tarkas in the film, the reception to “John Carter” is yet another mystery of the Hollywood machine, as he counts himself among the film’s true fans.

“You don’t like to publicly lament disappointments too much, but I’m still kind of scratching my head over it,” Dafoe told IFC during a recent interview. “For me, I thought ‘John Carter’ really captured something. It was very pure in its approach. It was classical. It wasn’t hip and cool. It was really from the source, and I appreciate that.”

“In my experience, sometimes a movie just hits at the wrong time, gets the wrong press, or gets the wrong representation, and it gets misunderstood,” he continued. “Sometimes it’s hard for people to really decide, too. There’s so much reporting about the business and that other stuff, that they really get distracted by some of those things, and then it influences some of the weaker-willed people to not have their own opinion.”

For Dafoe, the poor performance of “John Carter” is particularly disappointing given his character’s evolving role in Burroughs’ stories — a role that would see Tars Tarkas becoming almost as important as John Carter himself in the series’ over-arching narrative. With the film only recently making back its whopping $250 million production budget in worldwide ticket sales, the likelihood of a sequel has become unlikely, to put it mildly.

“It sure doesn’t seem like [there will be a sequel], which is a shame,” said Dafoe. “This was the set-up for what could be a great series of movies. . . I was looking forward to doing a sequel, though, because I know something of where the story goes and the character of Tars Tarkas. He’s big, and the relationship with John gets more intense.”

“So, yeah — that’s a shame,” he sighed.

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