Norman Reedus Was Once Asked to Act ‘More Good-Looking … Like the Blond Guy on ‘Lost’’

Norman Reedus
Norman Reedus Ben Watts/Men's Fitness

They said what? Norman Reedus revealed in a new interview with Men’s Fitness that he was once told at an audition to — get this — act more “good-looking.”

“I remember in one of my earliest auditions, the casting director goes, ‘Can you do that a little more good-looking next time? Like the blond guy on Lost,” Reedus said in the March issue of the magazine. “And I was like, ‘What the f–k is that? I … looked up the guy and knew there was no f–king way I was going to get that job. There’s no way I could be that good-looking.”

The “blond guy” in question was Lost star Josh Holloway, who is known for his rugged features — and toothy smile.

Josh Holloway
Josh Holloway attends the People's Choice Awards in 2016. Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

Reedus, 47, has his own appeal, of course, but has always marched to the beat of his own drum, having fallen into acting by accident. He detailed to the publication the time he went out drinking with pals in the Hollywood Hills, which led to his stumbling entrance into Hollywood.

“I drank too much and started yelling at people,” he said. “Somebody in that crowd of people approached me about being an actor.”

Norman Reedus
Norman Reedus Ben Watts/Men's Fitness

Reedus will next reprise his role as gravelly voiced Daryl on AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead, which returns on Sunday, February 14.

Asked what fans can expect from his character’s story line, Reedus could only tease, “Chaos.”

Norman Reedus on the cover of 'Men's Fitness.'

“As far as Daryl is concerned, he is pissed off,” Reedus told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview. “He’s had his stuff taken from him. He put himself out there and trusted some people, and it did backfire on him, and I think he comes back super pissed off. … I mean, I know you know the bad guys that are coming. It’s been announced and well, displayed for everyone to see, but there’s definite surprises coming with all of that, and you know, it’s battle time.”

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