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Norman Reedus talks about his role in THE BIKERIDERS and why he thought he would kiss Michael Shannon

Norman Reedus he is best known for his role in Walking Dead series and spinoffs, as well as its ongoing AMC docuseries Ride with Norman Reedus. Both of these shows see the actor showcasing his love for motorcycles, which he is carrying into his current project, the film The motorcyclistswritten and directed by Jeff Nichols.

In a recent chat with ComicBook, Reedus talked about being hired on the film, which happened by chance when he attended the Cannes Film Festival, where he landed the role of the character Funny Sonny, based on a real boy:

“So I was in Cannes and I was filming Daryl Dixon in Paris. I was sitting next to Jeff at a dinner and we were talking, having fun, really having fun. And he’s like, “Hey, I’ve got a movie I’m directing.” The motorcyclists. And I was like, ‘Wait, Danny Lyon’s photography book?’ And he: “Do you know?” And I said, “I have a lot of prints in my house.” I have a book signed by Danny. Of course I know.” And then I say, “Who are you?” And he goes, “I’m Jeff Nichols.” And I was like, ‘Wait, you directed? Mud?’ And he: “Yes.” And I say, ‘Why didn’t you tell me you were Jeff Nichols? I directed Mud.’ And then he sends me the script and tells me who’s in it. And I said, “Man, there’s a lot of hot guys in your movie.” I thought, ‘Can I try something else? Can I go in the opposite direction?’ And he said, “Yeah, do whatever you want.” So that’s kind of how it happened.”

It turns out Reedus also thought he was going to kiss his co-star, Michael Shannonwho plays Zipco in the film.

“I didn’t have a lot of information on him. I had some photographs of him. I had some photographs of him making out with Michael Shannon’s character. So when I got there, I thought, ‘Are we going to be making out? Are we doing it?’ And they said, ‘What?’ A lot of times when the cops came, it was kind of like [makes kissing sound], and there were those relationships then. So I thought, ‘Shall we play this?’ And he’s like, ‘No, no, no, we’re not going to do that.’ I thought, “Oh, okay.” … ‘Do I have to look at it a certain way?’ He said, “Norman, relax.” But I had photographs and he kind of showed his personality through the photographs and then I just kept going with it.”

This looks like a great movie and I can’t wait to see how the ensemble tells the historic story. The motorcyclists will be released in theaters on June 21st.

by Jessica Fisher
Source: Geek Tyrant

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