I’ve added HQ stills, posters and movie captures from another one of Jeffrey’s 2015 movies, Heist. Hope y’all enjoy!
I’ve added HQ movie captures from one of Jeffrey’s 2015 movies, Guns for Hire. Hope y’all enjoy!
School may be almost out, but that doesn’t mean Jeffrey Dean Morgan isn’t ready to offer some history lessons. The actor will soon appear in two period dramas about very different aspects of U.S. culture: History’s “Texas Rising” miniseries, about the formation of the Texas Rangers, and Lifetime’s “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe,” where he plays baseball great Joe DiMaggio. (Later this summer, he’ll head to the future and star opposite Halle Berry in the second season of CBS’ “Extant”).
Morgan was candid with Variety about his attraction to both projects during an interview at the London Hotel in West Hollywood. Here, he explains that Westerns make for good entertainment because there’s less dialogue (“That’s the sign of bad television, they’re over-explaining. In a Western, you’re never over-explaining.”) and speaks of the tumultuous love story that was Marilyn Monroe’s relationship with DiMaggio.
“Texas Rising” premieres at 9 p.m. May 25 on History. “Marilyn Monroe” premieres at 8 p.m. May 30 on Lifetime.
Which project did you shoot first?
I did “Texas Rising” for about six months last summer. I lived in Durango, Mexico. Looking back on it now, it was one of the greater experiences I’ve ever had. While I was there, I was miserable because I was away from my family and I didn’t eat for six months. I lost almost 50 pounds to do the role. I tortured myself greatly.
Now, a year later, I made some great friends and had some adventures that could not be duplicated. I fell in love with being on the back of a horse. I’ve seen the finished product, and I think it’s extraordinary. As an actor who is pretty hard on himself, it’s rare to come away from it and think it’s pretty damn good.
Had you seen History’s other miniseries?
I’d seen “Hatfields & McCoys” and I watch “Vikings.” I think the stuff they do is really good television. They get writers and they get good directors and they get good actors. Roland Joffé directed [“Texas Rising”], and I think he’s one of the finest, if not the finest, director I’ve ever gotten to work with.
Mitch Glazer’s TV series “Magic City” is headed for the big screen with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Olga Kurylenko, Danny Huston and Kelly Lynch starring.
Glazer will direct the movie based on the Starz show he created and exec produced. The series was set in 1959 Miami shortly after the Cuban Revolution and centered on Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s character, the owner of Miami’s glamorous Miramar Playa who was forced to make a deal with a mobster (played by Huston).
The series ran for two seasons before Starz cancelled it in August, 2013.
Kurylenko played the wife of Morgan’s Ike Evans character while Lynch portrayed his former sister-in-law. The movie will be set in 1962.
QED will introduce the project to buyers at the American Film Market next week. Len Blavatnik of AI Film, Brett Ratner of RatPac and Gerry Schwartz of Onex Corporation will produce and finance with Steve Bing of Shangri-La Entertainment, Alan J. Helene and Glazer producing.
“Mitch is a fantastic creative partner and we’re thrilled to collaborate with him again,” Block said. “We loved Magic City the series and know that with Mitch’s sensational script and this outstanding cast, it will translate beautifully to the big screen.”
CAA will represent the film’s domestic distribution rights. Glazer previously directed “Passion Play” and has written “Scrooged,” “The Recruit,” “Great Expectations” and “Rock the Kasbah,” which he also produced along with QED.
Glazer worked with Murray and Willis on “Rock the Kasbah” and with Murray on “Scrooged.”
Its 1871 in the Wild West and ex-pat Danish solider Jon, (Mads Mikkelsen) is welcoming his wife and ten year old son after their long journey from Denmark. Opting to take the stagecoach to his farm near Black Creek, the family are also joined by two drunken outlaws not long released from prison. It doesn’t take long for the journey to take a turn for the worse as one of the bandits attempts to touch up Jon’s wife and threatens his young boy.
As Jon takes matters into his own hands, it sets in motion a series of serious repercussions, not only for Jon, but for the local community. Unfortunatley for Jon one of the bandits was the brother of a notorious gang leader and outlaw, Delarue’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who demands that compensation is needed in the form of human lives.
The town’s sheriff/priest (Douglas Henshall) and mayor/undertaker (Jonathan Pryce) are helpless to do anything but to bow down to Delarue and his gang. With Delarue also taking advantage of his brother’s demise by having his way with his beautiful mute wife, Madelaine (Eva Green), its up to Jon and his brother Peter (Mikael Persbrandt) to survive, restore order and take revenge.