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Jeffrey Dean Morgan on Watchmen

Published March 4, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Warner Bros
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Women still swoon over Jeffrey Dean Morgan on Grey's Anatomy, but they should be warned before they go to see Watchmen. Morgan plays The Comedian, the film's antihero who at one point beats a woman he plans to rape, and at another, shoots his pregnant mistress.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan Talks Watchmen


"Oh, I think they’re in for a shock," Morgan joked. "I may lose a couple of Grey’s Anatomy fans, but I’ll gain some Watchmen fans, so it’s an even trade."

Don't worry, ladies. Morgan struggled to tap into The Comedian's darkest sides. "Well, it’s kind of who he is unfortunately. How’d I feel as Jeff? Look, I don’t go around beating women, so it’s a little bit different for me, but there were a couple moments in that that were hard for me to do as an actor, just because those are vicious hits. It’s not like you’re pushing somebody against the wall, not that that’s right either, but I mean just a smack down and I give her a beat down. There’s just nothing nice about it, we weren’t obviously holding back anything."

It may come across as more brutal than even the graphic novel. "You’re looking at a graphic novel, a comic book, where you’re seeing, I think that whole Sally Jupiter [scene], you’re looking at like four panels of that sequence. So to fill in those blanks, and you’re filling in those blanks with what would be the reality of it, it’s vicious. There’s just no other way about it and we took no prisoners in anything in this movie. I think we did it as real as we possibly could."



Even man on man fight scenes are more rough and tumble than graceful martial arts. "The fight scenes in particular are, they’re not pretty fight scenes, they’re not real stylized. Especially I think Comedian and Rorschach, these guys will just bite you and kick you in the balls, They were just brutal."

Perhaps there is justice though, because Comedian takes quite a beating as the film opens. "Well, the big fight with me was a series of taking punches, I didn’t get to land one. I was like, 'Just let me hit him one time, for crying out loud. God, let me connect.' There was so much training, I was in Vancouver two months prior to shooting, just because of that opening fight. Every day was working on the how to take a punch and how to not hit somebody apparently. I had to miss."

Watchmen opens to theaters March 6th.

For the posters, trailers, stills and more info on the film, go to the Watchmen Movie Page.
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