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Jeffrey Dean Morgan Says His ‘Rampage’ Performance Might Remind You of Negan

If Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s “Rampage” character reminds you of his big baddie Negan on “The Walking Dead,” well, it’s because he played it that way.

“When I was watching the movie the other night, I saw a couple body movements that look kind of familiar, a little lean here and there,” Morgan said in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I was like, ‘Oh man, there could have been a little slop over there between Negan and Russell.’”

The biggest difference between their characters: Morgan’s “Rampage” character Russell isn’t the bad guy. In fact, Negan is plenty of bad guy for Morgan right now.

“I think now as soon as I walk onto the screen, people are like, ‘Uh, oh, he’s going to be the baddie,’” the 51-year-old actor said. “I don’t know that I would want to be a villain right now in anything other than what I’m doing.”

“I worry that with ‘The Walking Dead,’ people will only know me as Negan because it’s such a pop culture phenomenon of a show and character,” Morgan continued. “People have forgotten about all my other work as soon as I became Negan and they seem genuinely surprised that I don’t carry Lucille around and torture people in real life. So yeah, let me do something different.”

(Don’t worry, Jeff — longtime fans will always remember you as the romantic AF Denny from “Grey’s Anatomy”).

Morgan called his supporting role in “Rampage” a “dream gig.”

“For me to be able to come in with zero pressure and just have some fun and kind of chew up a little scenery, that’s a great time for me,” he said. “It really is a dream gig, just come in and have fun. That’s what moviemaking should be. I don’t know, I think this might be my deal. I like doing monster movies. I don’t need to win an Oscar. I like having fun.”

“Rampage” is now in theaters, and “The Walking Dead” Season 8 finale is Sunday, April 15 on AMC.

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