Jeffrey Dean Morgan on ‘Magic City’

The star of the newest Starz original series compares swanky suits to his Watchmen costume.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

Jeffrey Dean Morgan returned to the Television Critics Association earlier this year as the star of a new series. The TCA previously knew him from his guest star work on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

“Magic City” is Starz’s new drama set in the late ‘50s in Miami. Morgan plays hotel manager Ike Evans who constantly has to deal with the mob, crooked unions, the nightclub show business and his own relationships. When Morgan met the TCA we got to ask several questions about his new role.


CraveOnline: How badass is Ike Evans?

Jeffrey Dean Morgan: He’s got some badassery in him certainly. It takes a while to build up to that but Ike is a guy that for all intents and purposes is going to do whatever he has to do to survive and keep his dream intact. That means he goes to places that you wouldn’t think he would.

CraveOnline: When you get a script that’s just before the ‘60s, swanky and swinging guys, do you think, “Oh man, they’re going to compare this to ‘Mad Men?’”

Jeffrey Dean Morgan: Well, I didn’t initially. I don’t watch “Mad Men” and I didn’t I guess realize and understand the whole “Mad Men” phenomenon like I do now. I guess those comparisons were bound to happen because I saw the comparisons happen with the other shows that came out last year. So everyone compared it to “Mad Men” but the only similarities we have to “Mad Men” are suits and skinny ties. Other than that it’s a whole different world.

CraveOnline: Is it hot in Miami wearing a suit?

Jeffrey Dean Morgan: You bet it is. And a lot of the suits that I wear are actually from that period that have been tailored to fit me but they are wool and they don’t breathe so yes, I tend to sweat quite a bit.

CraveOnline: How do the suits compare to the Comedian costume from Watchmen?

Jeffrey Dean Morgan: [Laughs] I tell you what, I like it a lot better than the Comedian costume as far as being hot. Look, it’s a new way to go for me. We don’t know any of my work being that kind of guy. The Comedian will always have a special place in my heart though, man. I still will argue with anyone I had the coolest costume in that movie.

CraveOnline: What are the freedoms of doing a series on a cable network that treats it like a movie that doesn't have network restrictions?

Jeffrey Dean Morgan: You can use language that's adult language. I think there's some swearing involved, as is in real life. I think we show, obviously, skin. We show real relationships, and sometimes people get naked in their real relationships.

You know, it's much more real life when you're not censored. You're not censored in cable. You get to actually bring these characters to life in every way. And sometimes that means that the violence is real, and the language is real, and the love is real.