At the Wizard World New York Experience, The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus dropped an interesting tidbit of information about a project he almost worked on with the late Heath Ledger. While Reedus is best known for his acting roles in movies like the Boondock Saints and TV shows like The Walking Dead, he also has an interest in directing.
Norman Reedus has directed a couple of short films, and one of the projects he eventually wants to direct is a movie based on a book called ‘I Was A White Slave In Harlem.’ When asked about the movie during a Q&A panel, Norman Reedus said, “We haven’t even done it yet. It’s a script that I’ve been working on for about five years. It’s sort of a marvel how it happened. I worked on it with somebody that did her biography, and so the script, we kept just rewriting and rewriting.”
One of the big challenges with the film according to Norman Reedus was “to get like a young actor to play an insanely masculine tranny.” When asked why he didn’t play the part, Reedus said, “You know I would have, but I couldn’t direct it, and I’ve never directed a feature before, and I didn’t want that much pressure.”
Norman Reedus added, “The only actor that ever said he would play the part was Heath Ledger.” Of course, Heath Ledger passed away in 2008 after completing work on The Dark Knight.