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'Walking Dead' star Norman Reedus enjoys visits to Taipei temples

2013/01/22 11:35:31

Taipei, Jan. 22 (CNA) Norman Reedus, an actor on the popular zombie TV series "The Walking Dead," enjoyed visits to temples in Taipei on Monday and received blessings for the year to come.

The actor, who is visiting Taiwan to promote the latest episodes of the drama series, took time from interviews with the media to visit the Taoist Ching Fu Temple and Hsing Tian Temple.

"It was beautiful. I felt very comfortable and quiet there," the 44-year-old said after a visit to the Ching Fu Temple, which worships the God of Earth.

"I got blessed for 2013, for a good year, so I'm super excited about that," Reedus said. "They gave me a little pouch to take with me that I'll keep in my pocket."

The actor also lit a lantern of illumination to pray for a bright future and partook in a "recalling the frightened soul" ceremony at the temples, according to Fox International Channels Taiwan.

Reedus plays Daryl Dixon, a motorcycle-riding, crossbow-wielding zombie killer, in the comic book-turned-TV series "The Walking Dead," which is about a group of survivors who wander the Southern Gothic landscape after a zombie apocalypse.

One of the survivors, Dixon was initially portrayed as a short-tempered loner but he has since evolved into one of the leaders of the group.

In an interview with local press on Sunday, Reedus said the most memorable scene for him in the series was his first because he was able to experiment with his character, an original role that did not appear in the comic book series.

"So I was making Daryl up as we were going along, and I got to sort of create the character from scratch. So that was awesome," he said.

Reedus also attended a fan event on Sunday to promote the series, drawing some 200 fans, many of whom dressed as zombies to greet the star.

The ninth episode of season three of the series will be aired on Feb. 14 on the Star Movies channel.

The actor is scheduled to leave Taiwan for Japan on Tuesday.

(By Christie Chen)
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