Jeffrey Dean Morgan Talks The Losers, Watchmen, Lobo And Supernatural
Jeffrey Dean Morgan gives his thoughts on The Losers, Watchmen, Lobo, Supernatural and being a leading man.
SHH sat down with Jeffrey Dean Morgan recently on the set of The Losers to talk about the movie. However the conversation quickly expanded to Watchmen. Morgan also mentions he is interested in the part of Lobo, and a possible return to Supernatural.
This from SHH....
Q: Tell us a little about the character.
Morgan: Frank Clay is a special forces colonel and it's about this group of guys who kind of get set up and it's the story of revenge and I'm the leader of this group. There's a lot of kicking ass. A lot of explosions. A lot of fights. A lot of all the stuff that we go to movies for. What this is is Joel Silver doing what Joel Silver became Joel Silver for doing with the "Die Hards" and the "Predators." It's very much a movie reminiscent of those old kind of action movies. There's some tongue-in-cheek humor and a little sex. All that stuff that we like. All the stuff I like.
Q: Coming off of "Watchmen," how is this character similar or different to playing the Comedian?
Morgan: This guy has a real, actually much better sense of humor than the Comedian did. He's not nihilistic. It's completely different. This is much lighter. A much lighter load for me. There's also kind of room for me to interpret this as a project where, in "Watchmen," you had to - look, I was playing the Comedian in the most revered comic book ever written. I was confined to that. In this, I could fine-tune a lot of what I thought Frank Clay is and get to play with it a lot more. In "Watchmen" I didn't want to change an ounce of the dialogue. For this, I could play around and have more fun. It's more freedom as an actor to just mess around with stuff. It's very refreshing.
Q: In the comic book, Clay is kind of the guy who takes the sh*t with Max most personally. How do you work in being the leader and the guy who has to pull things together for everyone else?
Morgan: As a character? He does take the stuff with Max exceedingly hard. Harder than everyone else. He probably makes a lot of bad decisions along the way. I think a lot of this movie has to do with Clay not coming to terms with the fact that he's not doing what's best for his team.
Q: Coming off of "Watchmen," were you concerned about doing another graphic novel adaptation?
Morgan: No, I love it. We talked briefly about that. There's so many people now. It's kind of an untapped world, this comic book world. I read the same scripts over and over again and comic books are just apt. There's this big, wide universe out there. If you've seen the stuff that has come out and the stuff that they're making, it's a trend that's going to continue for a while. I'm happy to be in this world. I'm loving it. I love this. I could do comic book movies forever.
Q: Are there any other comic book properties that you have your eyes on?
Morgan: You know, they're making "Lobo" right now. That would be cool. "Lobo" would be very cool. I don't think that I'm as big as Lobo is, but if you could, like, transplant Mickey Rourke's body on my head, that would be just great. But I don't know. It's an untapped world for me as well. Every time I kind of hear about something I go out and get the book or I look it up on one of your guys' sites. We'll see. You're always looking for material that's kind of smart and fun and this seems to be where it is right now. The studios are really gravitating towards it. More than I've ever seen them gravitate towards anything in a long time. Comic books are really the thing right now and I don't see that going away for at least the next couple of years.
Q: Well, you do have an in with Joel Silver doing this and doing that.
Morgan: That's true. And I think that Akiva Goldsman is doing it as well. So I do have an in. I'll be elbowing somebody soon..
Q: Do you have any plans to go back to "Supernatural" or are you too busy with films?
Morgan: I don't know. I just read somewhere that [Eric] Kripke wants me back. That guy, I think he's probably lying, but if it is, in fact, their last year, I'd like to come back. If it really is going to be cancelled after this year, I'd like to come back. I've been saying for the last four years that that storyline got cut out too soon. I'd love to go back for at least one episode or something. I love those guys. I love Jared and Jenson so much. We'll see. No one has contacted me.
Q: I've heard that he's planning on wrapping up the arc that started with season one this season and possibly doing a new kind of thing.
Morgan:. I heard that, too. Getting new actors and everything. Jared and Jenson wouldn't even be in it. Just to fulfill his seven years. I don't know if that's even allowed and, by the way, I can't imagine Warner Bros. saying,"Yeah, that's cool. You can get rid of Jared and Jenson." They were going to, like, take on secondary characters, maybe. I just don't see that happening. If you take out Jared and Jenson, you're going to lose 90 percent of your audience, probably. I can't imagine them doing that, but it makes for a great radar if you say that kind of stuff. I can't imagine that. Warner Bros. is just like, "Yeah, whatever dude. We'll see you next year." But yeah. I'd love to go back. I don't know how I'd find the time, but we'll see.
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