Norman Reedus Covers GQ, Wishes He Had Been Able to ‘Rape and Kill’ Jennifer Love Hewitt in ‘Heartbreakers’

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'Walking Dead' star breaks down zombies & rednecks
With the premiere of The Walking Dead season five in just a few weeks, GQ spoke to Norman Reedus about the show, roles that he’s turned down as well as giving up acting.

Here are some highlights from the interview.

On The Walking Dead:
I really matured a lot in my mind and became a happier person in this job, because I really like this job, and I like the people I work with, and I like the environment I work in. And you know, the cuts on my forehead, and the bruises, and the black eyes, it doesn’t matter; it’s awesome. I think that mentality has matured me a lot in the past couple years, you know? I care more about what I’m doing, too.

On the gore in The Walking Dead:
A lot of people like it. And you’d be surprised, the creative ways that they come up with doing that, that you haven’t seen before. It’s kind of mind-blowing. Just wait till this season; there’s some new stuff that’s like I never would have thought of. It’s pretty hard-core.

Norman Reedus GQ October 2014 Cover photo

On being offered a role in the 2001 movie Heartbreakers with Jennifer Love Hewitt:
When that came around at the time, my agents at the time were, “They like you for this part, and it’s a Jennifer Love Hewitt movie.” And I’m like, “Well, what do I do?” And they’re, “You’re her boyfriend,” And I go, “Well, do I rape her? Do I kill her? What do I do?” And they go, “You’re her sweet boyfriend.” And I was like, “No! Absolutely not!” But yeah, I just assumed I had to rape and kill her.

On why he considered giving up acting:
I was definitely becoming a little down on it, but I don’t know if I was going to give it up. But I wasn’t enjoying it as much, to be honest. I had been in a few films where I thought we were going in this direction and then, after the editing and the music and it’s put together, it was sort of going in a different direction I didn’t feel so connected to.

On why he is drawn to dark movies:
Even with photography and artwork, I’ve really liked having grotesque things and finding beauty in them. I’ve always been a fan of horror films, and I like aggressive music, and I like aggressive people—they all kind of were interesting to me. I mean, I really don’t see myself ever being, or wanting to be, in some sort of light romantic comedy about nothing.

The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, October 12 at 9/8c.

The October issue of GQ is available on newsstands in New York and Los Angeles now and will be available nationally on September 30. For more from Norman’s interview with GQ, visit

Photos: Sebastian Kim/GQ