EXCL: Morgan and Butler Talk Watchmen

Zack Snyder’s take on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel Watchmen is still over a year away, but at the L.A. junket for the upcoming Warner Bros. romantic comedy P.S. I Love You, ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype! had a chance to sit down with actors Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Gerard Butler (you might remember him from another comic movie earlier this year), who play Hilary Swank’s love interests. We made sure to ask them about their roles in Snyder’s upcoming movie, or in Butler’s case, whether he might have a role or not.

Morgan was sporting a mustache for his role as the masked vigilante The Comedian, and he told us how that production has been going. “It’s good. It’s crazy. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of and it’s such a departure for me from anything I’ve done recently. They guy I’m playing is a little short on the moral end so it’s rough. He doesn’t have any; he has no morals. There’s days that are rough. It’s a stretch sometimes.”

Despite the Comedian’s lack of morals, he’s not the bad guy of the film. “Oddly enough, he’s a superhero, but he does horrible things. For some reason, in reading the novel, you don’t hate this guy even though he does things that are unmentionable. They are horrendous things. My job is to kind of make that translate, so as a viewer you end up not making excuses to like him, but you don’t hate him like you should for doing the things that he does. It’s a tough one. It’s hard.”

“I’m nervous as hell,” he said about the movie, knowing how much anticipation there is for Snyder’s next big film. “We’re still filming and there’s pressure. It’s beyond anything I’ve ever been a part of that’s for sure.”

A bit later we spoke to Gerard Butler, who commented on Zack’s desire to film the graphic novel’s concurrent pirate comic book story as something specifically for the DVD. “I know they were talking about that and at one point that part was cut from the film because of budget,” Butler told us, “but then they were talking about it again so I don’t know. They are right in the middle of the main body of the film and at this point I’m not sure. But even a tiny little thing I would do for Zack Snyder. He’s my boy.”

Watchmen is scheduled to open on March 6, 2009. You can see more with the actors from P.S. I Love You over on ComingSoon.net before its opening on December 21.

Source: Heather Newgen