Jeffrey Dean Morgan is getting ready to bring iconic Walking Dead baddie Negan to life, and he plans on keeping it as close as possible to the comic canon.
As anyone who has read Robert Kirkman’s comic can attest, one of Negan’s main character traits is an affinity for F-bombs and salty language. They’re almost as iconic as his head-bashing baseball bat Lucille (also of note, Morgan said he “grew up with a bat” in his hands, so he’s ready for that part). In an interview with EW Radio, Morgan said they plan to keep the character as “close as humanly possible” to the comic version.
Foul mouth and all.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
"Look, [the cursing] a speed bump. I’m not going to say it’s an issue because they’re working on it. We’re going to push AMC — the plan is to push them as far as they can because it’s who Negan is. He uses some colorful language. And I use some colorful language. And reading the comic, it’s important. So we’ll see where that lands. It’s our intention that this character is going to leap off the pages of the comic book. It’s very important that that’s who it is. Some of the characters there’s much more leeway, but Negan is a guy that you want to keep as true as possible, and that would be how I want to play him as well."
Obviously, there are things the producers can and can’t get away with on cable television (which is admittedly a lot looser than broadcast network restrictions), but it sounds like they’re prepared to push AMC to the censor limits for this story. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out in actual execution.
What do you think? Is Negan still Negan without the F-bombs?