Jeffrey Dean Morgan Says Watchmen's Comedian Lives Up to the Book

"Everything is so true to the book it's insane."

by | December 17, 2007 | Comments

Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been making the press rounds for P.S. I Love You, so everyone has gotten a chance to grill him about Watchmen. He plays The Comedian, and confirms that the movie is capturing every glorious moment of his story as depicted in the original Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons graphic novel.

“You walk on these sets and it boggles your mind, and I’m in it,” said Morgan. “I saw all these designs and sketches and, ‘This is what we’re building,’ like the New York set. ‘This is what we’re doing.’ I would walk down just this 10-acre piece of land, nothing there, with girders. They’d be like, ‘Here’s where the newsstand’s going to be. Here’s where The Comedian’s last breath is taken on the pavement. This is where he falls out of his high rise building.’ It’s all up now, and I walked on the set the other day. It’s working New York City streets with lights and taxis whizzing by you way too fast. It’s like you’re in New York. It is the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”

For those who haven’t read Watchmen, note that the opening death of Comedian in New York City is kind of a big deal. “It’s so true to the book I can’t even begin to tell you how. Everything is so true to the book it’s insane. You can put anything that has been built for Watchmen next to a panel in the book and it’ll trip you out. It’s amazing.”

Playing the story’s iconic villain is a tough job for Morgan. “Well, The Comedian is The Comedian. By his actions, he’s hard to sympathize with. I think my job is trying to kind of humanize him because I want to humanize him as much as I can because you know you don’t hate The Comedian. No matter what he does, and he does some horrible f*cking things, so my job, at least this is what I’ve kind of taken upon myself, is you read the book, you get to the end of the book and you don’t hate The Comedian.

“Yet he is one of the most despicable people ever written, I think. So if I just play the character as written, there’s going to be no sympathy for him. You just won’t. You have to understand how he became this man and somehow leave the movie theater understanding why he did it somehow, whether that be killing a pregnant woman or trying to rape somebody. Still, my job is to kind of make that make sense for the audience, which is hard, harder than reading it.”

Tag Cloud

Bravo First Look cooking Dark Horse Comics dramedy Musicals Family HBO Max Crackle Premiere Dates stand-up comedy richard e. Grant Holiday SDCC cats Infographic TBS christmas movies toy story 45 Netflix Christmas movies political drama blockbuster PBS AMC comics BBC America Christmas batman Creative Arts Emmys TV Box Office RT History cancelled television Food Network sports rotten movies we love Discovery Channel game of thrones kids Academy Awards spain National Geographic TIFF TCM Amazon Prime Character Guide YouTube TCA Winter 2020 Spike space Apple TV+ docudrama politics social media CMT Stephen King New York Comic Con El Rey Awards Tour harry potter finale USA Amazon Prime Video Superheroe sequel The Walking Dead Animation DC Universe dogs golden globes Sony Pictures casting natural history Summer screenings Star Wars renewed TV shows Cannes GIFs Lucasfilm Nickelodeon canceled historical drama Opinion Disney Channel Mindy Kaling Amazon DC streaming service Mystery dragons video 71st Emmy Awards crossover DGA President Ellie Kemper 2018 Trailer cults Pixar green book Paramount Fantasy SundanceTV cancelled Ghostbusters quibi VICE animated hist Adult Swim Film Festival Trivia Election Arrowverse Logo Tubi Rocky based on movie FX on Hulu Valentine's Day Crunchyroll Tarantino NBC FXX serial killer reboot Comedy Central CBS All Access Fall TV ratings Sci-Fi BBC Women's History Month foreign binge USA Network Lifetime Classic Film Sneak Peek cartoon canceled TV shows A24 Lionsgate Disney cops Hallmark Reality Esquire Avengers LGBT Spectrum Originals Chilling Adventures of Sabrina miniseries Pirates slashers comiccon Song of Ice and Fire Mary Tyler Moore DC Comics ghosts Polls and Games MTV First Reviews Countdown 20th Century Fox boxoffice festivals Trophy Talk Disney streaming service Winners ABC teaser Comic Book Schedule BET Musical X-Men Certified Fresh Interview aliens Star Trek The CW Rom-Com MCU Warner Bros. Emmys Hallmark Christmas movies SXSW anime VH1 Universal werewolf joker blaxploitation Rocketman TCA ABC Family strong female leads Calendar Marvel Television CBS adventure IFC WGN Western Epix Set visit Masterpiece Video Games Red Carpet The Witch Sundance TV Mary Poppins Returns Black History Month diversity police drama TCA 2017 directors Sundance Now Amazon Studios book Grammys Elton John television Mary poppins Martial Arts ESPN Disney+ Disney Plus latino science fiction what to watch APB CW Seed Apple HBO Starz Acorn TV Showtime DirecTV FX indie breaking bad Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt period drama Winter TV psychological thriller 2020 Cosplay YouTube Red Cartoon Network doctor who ITV IFC Films Awards YA nature cinemax dc series Columbia Pictures dceu LGBTQ Nat Geo crime thriller MSNBC talk show Apple TV Plus TLC Freeform universal monsters discovery war Reality Competition independent thriller 2015 Ovation technology screen actors guild Extras Biopics San Diego Comic-Con Television Academy Fox News theme song GLAAD streaming RT21 WarnerMedia Comedy cancelled TV series Rock Heroines Shondaland Syfy Tomatazos Thanksgiving Brie Larson justice league adaptation halloween Teen crime drama scary movies Mudbound award winner Pride Month Funimation Drama Endgame franchise anthology cars Turner Classic Movies unscripted Action Pop Turner Anna Paquin Disney Plus Film History TruTV travel 2017 Kids & Family Paramount Network Writers Guild of America FOX Lifetime Christmas movies children's TV spanish language singing competition 21st Century Fox Podcast Marvel Studios The Purge Black Mirror TV Land Watching Series Pop TV romance revenge The Arrangement Quiz Vudu true crime 2016 PaleyFest vampires crime Binge Guide reviews comic Holidays Walt Disney Pictures spy thriller Travel Channel romantic comedy Tumblr spider-man Marathons elevated horror spinoff Marvel Country disaster Baby Yoda zombie tv talk Comics on TV GoT south america A&E OneApp Netflix Oscars movies CNN 24 frames Peacock robots Spring TV 2019 Super Bowl sag awards biography Best and Worst Nominations cancelled TV shows Horror transformers jamie lee curtis Shudder zero dark thirty hispanic TV renewals Photos OWN Year in Review witnail facebook Superheroes zombies 007 supernatural sitcom psycho versus Music American Society of Cinematographers E3 free movies name the review TNT NYCC documentary mockumentary Hulu See It Skip It mutant movie medical drama Sundance Captain marvel E! Toys Pet Sematary game show YouTube Premium Chernobyl composers Emmy Nominations Britbox