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06/27/2013 05:19 pm ET | Updated Jun 28, 2013

Michael Rooker: Merle's 'Walking Dead' 'Knife Arm' Made My Arm Go Numb (VIDEO)

Michael Rooker's "little Merle" was a little bit of a problem for the actor on "The Walking Dead."

Rooker, who played Merle Dixon for three seasons on the hit AMC series, said the makeshift hook he wore, which he dubbed "little Merle," caused some nerve damage in his arm.

"That's not true, I loved wearing that thing," Rooker said on HuffPost Live when asked about his previous statements regarding his relief to never wear the "knife arm" again. "It was hot and sticky and caused nerve damage, but I loved it."

"Little Merle" would cause Rooker's arm to go numb, the actor said, and once that happened, he couldn't feel the pain and he was fine.

Rooker also said when he was told Merle would be killed off on "The Walking Dead," he wanted him to go out kicking butt. "Merle came into the show as an ass-kicker, he is leaving as an ass-kicker. Period," he said. Merle turned into a zombie and was killed by his brother Daryl (Norman Reedus), who stabbed zombie Merle multiple times. "You don't have to waste energy stabbing and stabbing and stabbing -- that's energy that can save your life later on in the day," he said.

"The Walking Dead" returns to AMC this fall.

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