He has bedded a supermodel and served as a clotheshorse for some of the world’s top designer brands.
But Walking Dead star Norman Reedus has revealed that did not stop him being asked to ‘act more good-looking’ during a disastrous audition.
To add salt in the wound he said he was compared unfavourably to Lost beefcake Josh Holloway during his desperate attempt to land a role.
Walking Dead man walking: Norman Reedus said he knew an early audition was a disaster when he was told to ‘act more good-looking’
The 47-year-old told Men’s Fitness: ‘I remember in one of my earliest auditions, the casting director goes, ‘Can you do that a little more good-looking next time? Like the blond guy on Lost,”
It was surely a particularly hard-to-take blow to his ego, as while Norman has modelled for luxury Italian fashion house Prada in the past, his fellow clothehorse only worked for relatively downmarket brands such as Dolce & Gabbana and Calvin Klein.
However he managed to take the snub in good spirits, and even insists he knew from then on he had no chance of getting the job
He said: ‘I was like, “What the f*** is that?” I … looked up the guy and knew there was no f***ing way I was going to get that job.
Lost cause: Norman admits the task of being like Josh Holloway was hopeless as ‘there’s no way I could be that good-looking’
‘There’s no way I could be that good-looking.’
Things have not turned out too badly for Norman however, for a year after he appeared in his first film first film Floating in 1997, he ended up dating supermodel Helena Christensen. The pair had a song Mingus in 1999 before eventually splitting up in 2003.
And while his catwalk rival may have had a huge success appearing as James Ford on Lost from 2004 until 2010, he now has a hit role of his own as Daryl Dixon in the survival horror show.
Norman also said he owes his success to due to a particularly heavy night on the tiles in Hollywood.
Brush with fame: Josh even looked hunky when he was doing the sweeping up on TV hit Lost
He said: ‘I drank too much and started yelling at people. Somebody in that crowd of people approached me about being an actor.;
He also said fans have lots to look forward to when he returns to screen as Daryl in AMC’s hit series, which returns on Sunday, February 14.
He said: ‘The second half of the season is so hardcore. It’s sort of like the first half was the pulling back of an arrow with a bow, and the arrow has gained momentum.
‘The second half is the really emotionally draining release. We’ve had so many scenes where our crew was crying because they were feeling so emotional and heavy.’
Wrestling with fame: Norman has his own signature role under his belt as Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead