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Norman Reedus questioned acting

Norman Reedus likes the feeling of not fitting in and nearly turned his back on acting before he was cast in The Walking Dead.

The American star has steadily been working in front of the camera since the late '90s, but it was only after he won the role of redneck Daryl Dixon in the smash hit zombie show he really started to get noticed.

"I was definitely becoming a little down on it, but I don't know if I was going to give it up [on acting]," Norman told the American addition of GQ magazine. "But I wasn't enjoying it as much, to be honest."

On screen his crossbow wielding alter-ego rocks a strong and silent style, and in real life Norman has also had moments when he's become withdrawn.

The 45-year-old has always championed the underdog and says growing up he was fine with not fitting in with the cool kids.

"Well, you know, if you feel socially awkward, there's reasons why you feel socially awkward. Maybe you feel socially awkward on the outside because inside you don't feel like you fit in. And I like feeling like I don't fit in, and I've always liked feeling like I don't fit in, and I'm perfectly cool with it," he explained.

"When someone would fake it to fit in on the outside, it really rubbed me the wrong way, you know? I'm more of an [artist] Francis Bacon guy and less of a Banksy guy, you know what I'm saying?

"I always liked shy and sort of interesting people, rather than pretty people trying to please everybody - I always dislike them right off the bat."

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