Daryl Dixon may have had his motorcycle stolen on The Walking Dead, but the man who plays him, Norman Reedus, will have his choice of bikes to choose from on his new unscripted series for AMC, Ride With Norman Reedus.
Announced back in October, the six-episode series will follow Reedus and a different riding companion in a different city each week as they travel to a destination and explore motorcycle culture along the way. We caught up with the star recently, and he revealed that they are just about to begin filming.
“We start on that this week,” says Reedus. “It’s our first ride. Our first guest is kind of a surprise, but it’s a big one, and I’m excited to get started. We have a bunch of cool places to go and cool people to meet. I’m excited to get out of here and go do that.”
Rather than doing each episode back-to-back, Reedus says there will be a bit of break between filming each episode. “We spread them out so that we can hit all these different locations and not be rushed and have a really good time, “ he says. “And it’s really thought out — where we’re going and who we’re meeting and the rides that we’re taking. So we spread them out so that we can do the best job possible.”
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As for the motorcycles themselves, Reedus says they will be switching up as they go. “I’m going to ride different bikes,” says Reedus. “We already have a few motorcycle companies and can swap our bikes for different terrain and stuff. We’re going to explore a little bit. It’s kind of a man on a tour and on a journey, but it’s also different horses for different areas. Whatever bike is best for that space and that time frame and that rider too. We’ll have certain riders that only want to ride a certain type of bike and other riders that are down to ride whatever we put them on. We’ll switch it up quite a bit.”
As if playing Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead is not great enough, now Reedus gets to explore his lifetime passion on screen … and get paid for it. “It’s kind of a dream job. I’ve got two dream jobs going at the same time. I’m waiting for something bad to happen. My luck is too good. I’m just going to do it and have fun and hopefully people will like it as much as I do shooting it.”
Ride With Norman Reedus will air later this year on AMC. To watch Reedus discuss his favorite day ever on set of The Walking Dead, watch the video above.