Watchmen will retain dark tones

Eric Shirey

by: Eric Shirey
August 4th, 2008

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who is playing The Comedian in the upcoming Watchmen, recently spoke about how the film will be retaining the dark tone, defining moments, and subject matter of the original graphic novel. Here's what he had to say:

"Getting into the heads of these characters was kind of an ordeal. The actions of The Comedian are brutal sometimes. This is stuff that's a little different than anything I have ever done, and it was stuff that I had a hard time with. There are a couple of things The Comedian does, and I never ever in a million years thought there was something I would have to think twice about, as an actor, but I could make no excuses for it. There were a couple of rough days of filming where I was just like, 'This is tough.' Yeah, yeah, we're staying very true to this whole thing...

The arcs The Comedian goes through are substantial to where his very being is questioned and he questions himself. At first glance you think you are playing this bastard, just a mean SOB but the more I looked at the layers to this guy… How do you read a book about a guy that does the things he does and yet you sympathize with him? How the hell does that happen? I found that fascinating."

Watchmen is directed by Zack Snyder (300, Dawn of the Dead) and stars Billy Crudup, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, and Matt Frewer.

It's scheduled to hit theaters on March 6th of 2009.

Source: Ropes of Silicon

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