Jeffrey Dean Morgan has taken on roles from a dying man in a hospital bed who falls in love with a nurse to a ‘supernatural’ father and even an investigator (and like, the perfect man) in his time as an actor. All of the roles he’s embraced have made an impact, and in large that’s because of who he is as a person.
In acting, talent goes so far, then it’s charisma and a sense of self that truly make a character stand out. In Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s latest role, he proves that to be especially true as he takes on Negan in The Walking Dead.
We are wired to hate Negan for everything that he is, and rightfully so. He comes across a group of characters we’ve grown to love and kills two of them in an incredibly brutal and bloody way. After that, he makes the remaining characters fall in line or fall apart, and then, he takes some more lives.
So why do so many of us actually like Negan? It certainly has to do with Jeffrey himself, and if you’ve been to our conventions, you can agree with us there. He embraces Negan on set and off, but when he’s not in his full ‘bat-wielding’ glory, he’s still bad ass, just a little less frightening about it. It also has to do with the fact that he brings a sense of ‘human’ to a man who’s meant to be a monster.
That charm isn’t just something we see because we’ve had the privilege of working with him, it’s something fans across the world see, and that was proven with his win for ‘Best Villain’ at the MTV Movie & TV Awards on May 7th.
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) May 8, 2017
While he couldn’t be there in person, he did thank fans with a Tweet that sums up who he is as a person. Both humble and unapologetically and confidently himself.
We are proud of Jeffrey for his win and anxious to see what happens with him in season 8 and the ones that follow. We should be seeing more of Negan’s backstory in the upcoming episodes and we’re so curious to see how Jeffrey will bring Negan’s story to life, not just in the present, but the past as well.
Jeffrey appeared on “Talking Dead”. I”ve added screencaptures from the episode to the gallery.
The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan is taking a swing at a new role. The actor best known right now for his portrayal of Negan on the AMC zombie series will be joining Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the upcoming Rampage film.
Rampage is scheduled for release on April 20, 2018.
In addition to Johnson, Morgan joins a cast that includes Moonlight‘s Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Jake Lacy, Marley Shelton, PJ Byrne, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald and Breanne Hill.
Details of the film’s story have been kept under wraps thus far but Rampage will adapt the classic 1980’s Midway arcade game. The game focuses on three giant monsters wreaking havoc across North America. Johnson plays the hero, who is apparently the only man capable of stopping them.
Morgan’s character is named Agent Russell, a man working for a covert government division called OGA and carries himself with “serious swagger and attitude” according to the original report from Deadline.
Rampage brings Johnson back to New Line Cinemas, reuniting him with director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn. The trio previously worked together San Andreas and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Flynn is onboard to produce, with John Rickard, Hiram Garcia, and Peyton.
The film is penned by Ryan Engle, with revision from LOST’s Carlton Cuse and Colony’s Ryan Condal. Adam Sztykiel offered the latest revisions.
Morgan is currently scheduled to begin production on Season 8 of The Walking Dead in late April or early May. Given the show’s history of scattering cast members across various episodes with some significant breaks in between, his schedule will allow him to be involved with both productions, possibly indicating a smaller role in the Rampage film.