Harry Connick Jr, Jeffrey Dean Morgan Interviews
Who taught Jeffrey Dean Morgan how to play the guitar?
I talked to you at Fred Claus and now here you are for this one. You have to do an Irish accent.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan: "I do."
How tough is that?
Jeffrey Dean Morgan: "Well you just work on it. That's kind of one of the things that comes with the job. You have to kind of play the character you play. This one required an Irish accent and so I learned it."
And singing and playing the guitar?
Jeffrey Dean Morgan: "And playing guitar, yeah."
Do you do that or did you have to practice that?
Jeffrey Dean Morgan: "No, I'd never done that either. I got some guitar lessons from Nancy Wilson from Heart and yeah, it didn't get any better than that. It was great. I got the calluses on my fingers. The unfortunate thing is I stopped playing and I really kind of want to continue with the lessons at some point."
You were telling me at the Fred Claus premiere that this isn't just a movie for women, it's a movie for men, too.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan: "I think so. Yeah, yeah, I do. I loved the script when I read it and I didn't think of it as a chick flick. No, it's got some emotion in it but you know I think it's a real man's movie."
A real man's movie like Watchmen
Jeffrey Dean Morgan: "That' right. That's right."
How is it working on that movie? The set looks fantastic.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan: "It's great. It's going to take me a while to be able to step back and be able to kind of understand what I'm going through right now. It's just so massive and it's such an undertaking. It's a little bit overwhelming."
And bringing a graphic novel like that the highest regarded graphic novel ever - to life is a huge responsibility.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan: "It certainly is. Absolutely. All of us involved in it feel like the weight of the world is on our shoulders right now. We're doing everything we can to stay as true as possible to Alan Moore's work and we'll see what happens."
Everyone else gets to sing in this movie and you don't.
Harry Connick Jr: "Man, what's up with that?"
Yeah, what's up with that?
Harry Connick Jr: "I know, I know. I got the short stick on that."
Is there a scene of you singing on the cutting room floor or they just never ?
Harry Connick Jr: "Nothing. They didn't even ask. I kept saying, 'That's kind of what I do, guys. Let me in.'"
How much fun is it to play a character who does just say everything that's on his mind?
Harry Connick Jr: "Well, it was a lot of fun really because I think deep down we all wish we could be like that. I try to be like that, you know, to say what's on my mind but not in that way. This guy was kind of impolite about it. He didn't really care about the consequences. But I thought that was really refreshing to do. It was a lot of fun playing that guy."
I was wondering when I was watching it if any of those were things you came up with, or were they all in the script?
Harry Connick Jr: "I think most of them were scripted. There was some improvisation going on but we pretty much stayed to the script most of the time."
And you've been too busy touring to be in a lot of movies. What's up with that?
Harry Connick Jr: "That's my day job. I got to pay the rent."
What's the appeal of being part of a romantic comedy?
Harry Connick Jr: "Well, I think it's the kind of movie that it's kind of a common denominator for everybody. I think everybody kind of likes these movies. It's not extreme. It's the kind of movie that everybody can enjoy. This particular one I think is a great one so I'm happy to be in it."
And it's not just a chick flick?
Harry Connick Jr: "No, no, no. I think guys could like this movie."