It sounds like working with Andrew Lincoln, aka Rick Grimes, on the set of The Walking Dead can be fraught with peril and lead to some pretty hazardous situations. Such as getting punched in the face. A lot.
Norman Reedus — who plays Daryl Dixon on the AMC zombie series — was on hand during last night’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where he explained that Lincoln has the dangerous tendency of punching his co-stars in the face when filming a fight scene. It sounds pretty funny, unless you're on the receiving end of that punch, that is. You can watch the whole thing starting at around the 5:00 mark.
“The thing about Andy is he’s got no coordination whatsoever. Zero,” Reedus told Fallon. “So Jeffrey Dean Morgan calls me and he goes, ‘Ah man, tonight’s gonna suck.’ And I’m like, ‘Why?’ He goes, ‘Because I have the big fight scene with Andy and he’s gonna punch me in the face. He’s gonna drink a lot of coffee, he’s gonna get super excited, he’s gonna punch me in the face.’”
“Wait for real, though?” asked an incredulous Fallon who added that, you know, this is an acting job. “It’s supposed to be acting,” Reedus replied, putting the emphasis on the word “supposed.”
So to sum this up: Uncoordinated Andrew Lincoln + coffee = 100 percent risk of getting punched in the face.
The scene Reedus is apparently referring to is the fight between Rick and Negan towards the end of the midseason finale, when the two of them beat the living heck out of each other in Alexandria. Which ends with Rick being thrown out the window in pure Rick Grimes fashion.
But Morgan wasn’t the only one on the receiving end of Lincoln’s uncoordinated fists of fury, as Reedus explained. “We did this one scene and I beat the crap out of him, basically. And then he’s supposed to run and tackle me off camera, right? Just jump into an air bag. But he runs and he jumps and he punches me in the face with double fists.” Ouch.
It's a shame that guys like Reedus and Morgan have to nurse sore jaws after shooting opposite Lincoln, but it stands to reason the cars full of money on The Walking Dead train make it pretty easy to sleep at night, anyway. Bloody nose or not.