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Jeffrey Dean Morgan Will See RED DAWN
Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s star finally seems to be rising, and even if the guy’s work wasn’t so enjoyable, this would be a good thing. In fact, he’s done little that I’ve actually liked so far, but what I have seen I’ve liked very much. But mostly, he just seems like the kinda guy who rarely shaves and who swears casually–y’know, my kind of people.
Morgan is probably most well known for his portrayal as The Comedian in 2009′s Watchmen movie. I mostly still refuse to watch the movie, not just because I tend to side with Alan Moore in just about everything, but it’s largely because I just don’t have much interest in anything Watchmen-related beyond the original comic book. Having said that, what I saw in the trailers and around the internets told me that Morgan did some good work with that character, who may not be the most nuanced of characters, but if you don’t know how to smoke a cigar whilst firing a machine gun, you could have really fucked that up. It sounds easier than it looks, and Morgan handles it and handles it well.
Another comic-book adaptation featuring Morgan is a whole ‘nother story. Back in the mid-’00s, one of my favorite monthly comics was Vertigo’s The Losers, a loose interpretation of the World War II book created by Bob Kanigher and published by DC beginning in the late ’60s. The new version introduced me to writer Andy Diggle and artist Jock, and was at the top of to-read stack every month. When I heard a film version was in the works around about the time the book got axed, I was nervous, to say the least. But I finally watched it a few months back, and I’ll be damned if I didn’t enjoy it very much. Morgan was hardly alone in this flick, with Idris Elba, Chris Evans, and the mighty Jason Patric turning in top-notch performances. But again, the camera seems to really love Morgan, and he hits that combo of delinquent and charismatic dead-center.
In a recent sit-down with Collider, he talked of many things, but of particular interest is the remake of Red Dawn that will be arriving in theaters this Thanksgiving. There’s been a lot of talk ’round the ol’ Complex of remakes and what-not, and most of the other boys tend to get up in arms over them. Which is just one of the many reasons why I love them. In this case, though, I will again be playing the wizened “wait-and-see” role, especially since I never thought the original was much good anyways. If you watch the interview below, though, you’ll hear Morgan himself express some reticence over the new wrinkles the remake introduces, especially changing the antagonist country from China to North Korea. In Morgan’s summation, this is, in fact, “a pussy move.”
See what I mean? I gotta get a beer with this guy sometime, right after I finally watch the first season of Magic City that’s been on my to-watch pile for weeks now.
Dig the full interview, via Collider: