The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan Says He's Seen Lucille, and "She's a Beautiful Girl"

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 - 3:47PM
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Tuesday, 08 December 2015 - 3:47PM
The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan Says He's Seen Lucille, and "She's a Beautiful Girl"
If there were any doubt that Jeffrey Dean Morgan was born to play Negan, his latest interview with EW should eradicate it. He's an avowed fan of the comics, he clearly has a great love for the character, and he literally talks just like Negan. When asked if he'd met Lucille, Negan's weapon-of-choice, a baseball bat covered in barbed wire, he said he had, and then added this colorful description:

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"She is gorgeous. She is a beautiful girl."
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Similarly, when asked if he needed to "practice his swing," he responded:

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"I don't need to practice my swing. I grew up with a bat in my hands."
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Is he Negan or what?

These responses, though vague, do indirectly hint at Negan's iconic introduction in the comics. In the hundredth issue (spoilers!), he uses Lucille to beat Glenn to death. Since Glenn annoyingly didn't die in that big fake-out earlier this season, it's very likely that this scene will happen on screen (unless they replace Glenn with Daryl, but then everyone would riot). 

Morgan also insisted that his version of the character will be as faithful to the comics as possible, and addressed whether the explicit language would be an issue, considering that The Walking Dead is a network show:
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"The character itself is going to be as close as humanly possible... Look, it's 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."
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We hope he's right, because although some swearing is gratuitous, Negan's swearing is very much integral to his character. It just wouldn't be the same without him dropping f-bombs all over the place. 

The Walking Dead returns for its winter premiere on February 14. Negan will reportedly make his first appearance in the season finale, and then will be upgraded to a regular in the seventh season.
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