Ride with Norman Reedus returns in March on AMC – exclusive to BT customers – and Walking Dead fans are in for a big treat and even more of his co-stars, past and present are joining him on the road.
During his jaunt across the UK from Stonehenge to Scotland, Norman hooks up with his best buddies Andrew Lincoln, Jeffrey Dean Morgan in London, before heading on an emotional pilgrimage to the North with Melissa McBride.
(BT TV on set in Scotland with Norman Reedus)
BT TV headed up to Edinburgh for the day to meet with Norman as he spent a day learning to play the bagpipes, avoiding haggis ("I’ll try something normally, but that was a bit gnarly for me") and the game of curling ("I’m pretty sure that sport originated in a bar – someone pushing a whiskey glass down a bar to get it into a certain circle").
We put 7 burning fan questions to the Daryl Dixon actor about his latest series of adventures…
1. What has been your personal highlight from season 3
Coming to the UK was one of my main highlights. Also seeing Howie B. He's an old, old friend of mine. I'm known him for a long time, but I don't get to spend much time with him. He's worked with some of the biggest names in the business, U2, Brian Eno and Bjork, but I first met him in an igloo in Switzerland. We became instant friends. I wish I could spend more time with him, but we live on opposite sides of the world.
2. The British weather hasn’t been to kind. You’ve had lots of rain and snow
It rained in London every day. But that's what you sign up for.
Everyone was calling us up two weeks ago, saying, ‘it’s snowing’. But back home, I was with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and we had three feet of snow at our homes at this point. We were like, 'that's not snow what you've got. This is snow'.
Everyone was freaking out and Jeffrey just sent a picture of his farm, which was totally under snow. Being in New York, we know what it's like and it doesn’t freak us out in the same way it does with you guys.
You guys are like, 'OH MY GOD!' How much did you get? An inch and a half! Oh.
3. How did you end up in Scotland with Melissa?
Melissa and I were doing the last episode of The Walking Dead season 8. We were sat in a field waiting for them to set up. We were all on our own, sitting in the long grass, overlooking this mountain range and I said, 'We should get you on Ride'. She said, 'Sure'. I said, 'We’re doing one episode in Scotland'. She said, 'I have relatives that are buried in Scotland'. I knew straight away that would be the episode and that’s what we're doing heading off looking for these headstones.
She got a motorcycle, took her lessons, got her licence and we were going to ride up here, but there was snow absolutely everywhere, the wind is strong in Aberdeen and because she's a new rider, we didn’t want anybody to get hurt. So we rented a car. But right now, the sun is out and there's hardly any snow on the ground. So I'm itching to get back on the bike and do at least one ride while we're here.
4. You managed to make a decent racket in your bagpiping lesson – will you be taking a set back home?
I think it would scare the s**t out my cat if I took some bagpipes home.
It takes a hell of a lot of blowing to play. And the noise that came out of it, I didn't realise that it was me. I was looking around to see where it was coming from. It's a cool instrument.
5. A fourth season has been confirmed – where do you want to Ride next?
I'd like to go to Asia. I'd like to go to Tokyo, Kyoto. I'd love to do Vietnam. I'd like to do Thailand. I'd really like to see Paris and the south of France. Germany. Russia. New Zealand. Australia.
There's a ton of places I'd love to film. It’s harder in the States, because we shoot in the winter and that makes where we film difficult – you can’t hit the cold places in the winter.
But there are so many places. British Colombia, the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba. It’s endless. India. I'd like to do the Trans-America trail, from the East Coast to the West Coast on a dirt bike.
6. Why are motorcycles so important in your life
I do all my best thinking on a motorcycle. You get the wind in your face, you go through a town and you can smell a town. You're very aware of everything around you. But at the same time you go in this Zen mind-set.
It's your alone time. And there’s no way it can’t be your alone time. It's a guarantee of a time that you can be by yourself. I ride a motorcycle to work, run lines through my head and prepare for the day, but then on the ride home, I decompress. It's a good way for me to travel around in stressful times.
7. What have you learnt from filming Ride?
A lot of women come up to me and say, 'I saw this cool girl on your show and it inspired me to ride a motorcycle'. More so than anybody, it's women.
I've met so many cool girls on this show, friends of friends, groups that are friends with other groups. It's been very inspirational.
I really wanted to get Melissa on because we already know that she inspires so many girls on The Walking Dead, I think it will be really uplifting to see her riding. Her whole attitude was incredible. She just did it. She didn't waver on it. It was just: 'Hell yeah, I'll do that'.
It's a bit like getting a tattoo. If you think about it for too long you won't do it.
Ride with Norman Reedus premieres on Monday, March 4th at 9pm on AMC, BT TV channel 332/381 HD – exclusive to BT customers.
How to watch AMC in the UK?
AMC is the home of shows including Fear the Walking Dead, Pierce Brosnan’s The Son, Snatch, The Terror and Ride with Norman Reedus.
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