How awesome is Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan on the hit show Walking Dead right? I mean completely cool and totally the best villain the show has ever had. It's hard to imagine another actor even playing the role and to be honest, I don't know if there was ever another actor in the running. Jeffrey Dean Morgan fits that character perfectly and while the show itself has seen a drop in ratings, and there is some major scrutiny over some of the biggest actors choosing to move on, the show's drop in popularity is definitely not his fault.
Negan and his bat Lucille are a perfect match and one of the few things on the show still worth watching. His relationship with Lucille is interesting, romantic, nasty and deadly all at the same time and he loves that bat the way he loved his ex-wife who was taken in the zombie apocalypse. It makes sense, as such, he would only tell Lucille his deepest and darkest secrets. Well, after studying a bit about the actor himself, we believe we know what those secrets might be.
If you can imagine Jeffrey Dean Morgan would share only those things are close to him, maybe a little embarrassing, humble and actually quite kind, you'd understand where our list comes from and why Negan himself could never admit to any of this. After all, it is his job to be the leader of The Saviors and, according to him, his people need to know he's willing to do almost anything to keep order. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, on the other hand, is an open book.
So, without further adieu, we believe we've discovered 15 Things Only Lucille Would Know About Negan's Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
20 Purposely Picked Fights With Andrew Lincoln
Jeffrey seems like a bit of a troublemaker. He's constantly joking around with people and he uses some fairly interesting techniques to break character. When it came to Andrew Lincoln, Jeffrey admitted that he would purposely get into fights with Lincoln just to see how he would react. And, with Lincoln being one of the famed Brit actors, staying in character was kind of a big deal.
Morgan said, "I really pick on him. I think the bigger reaction I can get off camera from him, if I can get him just screaming...then I know I'm doing my job." It goes to show that the set of The Walking Dead was often loose, even if the show was all about death and an apocalypse.
19 Andrew Lincoln Broke His Nose On Set
Morgan also said his fights with Andrew Lincoln were never serious but trying asking Morgan's nose that. According to a number of the shows castmates, Lincoln is not the most coordinated guy in the world and his fight scenes make everyone nervous. The combination of being so into the moment and the role and not being able to control your body was enough to break Morgan's nose during a fight scene.
Costar and good friend Norman Reedus said, "Jeffrey Dean Morgan calls me, right, and he goes, 'Oh man, tonight's gonna suck' and I'm like, 'Why?' and he goes, 'I have a big fight scene with Andy and he's gonna punch me in the face'," ... "And then I get a text, you know, in the middle of the night and it's Jeff with a Band-Aid on his nose with an ice pack. Yeah, he punched him on the nose, like fractured his nose."
Perhaps this was Lincoln's way of getting back at Morgan for all the times he tried to punk him on set.
18 Understands People's Obsession With One of His Characters
Jeffrey is extremely ok with fans who are obsessed with the character Denny that he played on Grey's Anatomy. He knows people are diehard fans of that show in a similar, but different way than they are The Walking Dead. Honestly, he's being kind. Grey's fans are nuts for the characters and have stuck with that show through multiple changes and up and down seasons.
When it came to Morgan's character, Eonline.com wrote,"This was the show's most heartbreaking, soul-crushing death, not only because the buildup and fallout from it was focused on for so long (as it deserved), but also because it happened during the early seasons, when the show was in its peak. This will go down as one of the most iconic deaths on a TV show…ever."
That's high praise for a character that didn't stick around as long as some others. He used that role to catapult his career so it's not like he should be complaining all that much. He doesn't.
17 Thanks Grey's Anatomy For Changing His Life
If not for Grey's Anatomy, Jeffrey Dean Morgan doesn't believe he'd have an acting career - at least not a very successful one. By the time he landed The Walking Dead, Morgan was already a star. Grey's is what got him there.
Morgan has said that getting the Denny role completely changed his life and after playing Denny Duquette, he was never asked to audition for anything else, ever. He wasn't asked about Negan either. The show sought him out and when his agent called, Morgan knew exactly what role it was they were going to offer because his friends had already told him he'd be perfect for it.
Grey's Anatomy set the ball in motion and that's not exactly the kind of role we can envision Lucille being a fan of.
16 Lost Way Too Much Weight
We hear about actors losing weight to get a role or portray a character all the time, but at one point, Jeffrey was so committed to losing 10 pounds for a role he did it in a very unhealthy way. He ended up losing 40 pounds because he ate one can of tuna a day.
Even today, you can see how skinny he is on the Walking Dead. We assume it's because of the fact that he figures in the zombie apocalypse, food is not as easy to come by? But, he is the leader of the Saviors so he's surely eating more than everyone else.
15 He Was Set Up With His Current Wife at a Bar
Hollywood celebrities meet their others halves in interesting places all the time. Whether that be on the set, at private and ritzy parties or just from someone who knew someone who knew someone. Not too often do you hear a celebrity admit they met their wife at a bar? But, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is not exactly shy or normal when it comes to most things.
Morgan seems like the kind of guy you'd have fun with at a bar. He's goofy and charming and likes to have fun. On the other hand, Negan and Lucille might be the last people you'd want to run into there. For Hilarie Burton, she got lucky I guess.
14 They Were Set Up By Co-Workers
A good friend Jeffrey's, Jensen Ackles, set Jeffrey Dean Morgan up with his current wife Hilarie Burton. Jeffrey said, "Hilary, my wife, was on a show called One Tree Hill for a hundred years and worked with Jensen's wife Danneel on that show and I happened to be single and Jensen said, 'I've got a girl you should meet' and so I went to a bar and I met Hilarie at a bar with Jensen and Danneel and well, the rest is..."
According to her biography on IMDB, Hilarie was born and raised in Sterling Park, Virginia. She is a family girl and the oldest of four children. She moved to New York to go to school and pursuing her acting dream and that's when she landed the job of a VJ at MTV. She went on to starring in One Tree Hill.
13 his Son Is His Biggest Fan
There are a lot of Negan fans out there but perhaps none bigger than Jeffrey's own son, Augustus, who is said to be the biggest Negan fan of all. It's interesting because August hasn't seen one episode of his dad on the show because he's too young to watch The Walking Dead.
That hasn't stopped August from wearing his dad's merch like the Walking Dead backpack which he takes to school every day. Morgan has admitted that his son has even dressed up as him from time to time. Should we call this an unhealthy thing for a kid of August's age since his dad plays a cold-blooded killer on tv?
12 Was Married Before
Jeffrey Dean Morgan's marriage to Hilarie Burton is not his first kick at the can. He was married once before and during 1997 (before meeting Burton) he did an interview with "Playgirl" magazine and talked about marriage and whether he wants to get married someday. "Yes, I do. But I don't have any immediate plans because I know I wasn't good at it the first time around."
He seems to be doing much better at it this time around. His character Negan however probably doesn't hold the same values. In the show, he's married to a number of women known as "Negan's wives."
11 Has a Bromance With Norman Reedus
It would be a bad idea for Negan to admit how much he actually likes Daryl while he's torturing and trying to kill him on the show, but Jeffrey Dean Morgan is free to hang out with Norman Reedus (the actor who plays Daryl) as much as he'd like. And, they do hang out, a lot. Reedus is kind of like Morgan's work husband.
The two have become extremely close friends and hang out together outside of the show, are avid bikers and share a lot of common interests. With so many old faces leaving the show now, he and Reedus may become the shows top characters. That could be trouble for the rest of the cast if these two chums are running things. Both have a pretty strong sense of humor.
10 Lucille Has a Team Of Handlers
Morgan has mentioned that his bond with Lucille is special but he isn't the only one who gets to hold her. He once said in an interview with ABC News, "I do appreciate the fact that everybody kind of thinks that I walk around with her. I do on set. She’s never far from me. But unfortunately, they’re not letting me just take her on the talk show circuit."
The reason he's not allowed to hang out with Lucille while not on set is that the bat has a team of handlers who look after her. They use a special case to carry her around in she has her own stand-ins. "Yes, she’s got stunt bats," Morgan said. "There’s a bat that we use that’s a fiberglass core that’s more of a foam. It still hurts like hell."
It appears Lucille is as much of a star on this show as anyone else.
9 Morgan Has Love for Lucille
In the same interview, Morgan said of his relationship with Lucille, "I refer to her as 'her' of course. It’s a little bit of a love affair going on between myself and Lucille... I grab her and boom, there’s Negan. She does a great deal when kind of influencing where I go with my character."
His ability to get into character is predicated on him having a chance to hold the bat, walk with it, bond with it and make sure it becomes a part of his fiber. Some actors go to great lengths to get into character. I guess Morgan is no different.
We know from the show that Lucille represents his first wife before the apocalypse took her. To say the least, there's a lot going on their in that relationship.
8 Morgan Wasn't Accepted Right Away
Jeffrey Dean Morgan admits that he wasn't accepted right away into the Walking Dead family and that was challenging. He came in as the "bad guy" and the cast has six seasons under their belt to get to know and love each other. His character came in and took out castmate after castmate.
He said, "I think me coming in initially was a shock to the system. Not only for the show but for some of the castmates who are so close to each other.: He added, "So that took a little time of me being on set kind of joking around in between takes. But it worked out great and I’m really close with them now. And I’ve been accepted to be part of the family."
7 Wants to Play Batman
Jeffrey Dean Morgan has said he actually wants a crack at playing Batman in the new Flashpoint movie. If that seems like a stretch considering the characters he's played so far in his movie career, it's not that odd. He's played the character of The Comedian in the Watchmen and the Batman's dad already.
Morgan told Total Film, "We’ll see. I mean, look, DC is DC, and they’ll figure out what they’re going to do next. But I’m highly aware of the character, I will say that. I’m highly aware of the character, and it would probably be a thrill of a lifetime to put on the Batsuit."
We could see Morgan as Batman. I mean, he has to be better than George Clooney or Val Kilmer were.
6 Is Excited About Flashpoint
When Jeffrey Dean Morgan played Thomas Wayne in Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, the role wasn't large and he didn't get much screen time. He probably didn't know there was a chance it could lead to something else either. That cameo could turn into a bigger part on a future film called Flashpoint.
If you know the storyline of Flashpoint, The DC character The Flash travels back in time and prevents the Reverse-Flash from murdering his mother. While doing so, he also changes history and the Justice League members are completely altered with Kal-El never turning into Superman and Bruce Wayne being killed instead of his parents. That leads to Thomas Wayne (Bruce's dad) becoming Batman. His character is far more hardcore than the Batman Bruce became and for Morgan, that seems like a great role to play.
5 He's A Biker
Morgan loves being a biker which is a habit that began when he moved to LA and couldn't afford a car. He said of his affinity to ride motorcycles, "I spend a lot of time with Norman [Reedus]. Not only do we live next to each other in Georgia, but we both have this big affinity toward motorcycles."
Morgan says that riding is therapeutic for him and that he uses the time on the road to unwind. This seems to be the case with a lot of celebrities who have trouble escaping their fame. Morgan was a guest on Reedus' show about biking on AMC too.
It looks like Morgan will be able to afford a lot of cars and a lot of bikes with his success as the Negan character.
4 Doesn't Like Being a "Celebrity"
While Jeffrey Dean Morgan loves acting and he loves The Walking Dead, he's not a fan nor does he really understand the celebrity side of the whole thing. He experienced what it was like to be a cast member on the show when he hung out with Norman prior to being cast as Negan but today, he's still sent hate mail and yelled at on the street for his character.
He once was with Reedus at a gas station and within minutes, 50 cars converged on them out in the middle of nowhere. He said Reedus took pictures with everyone while he suggested they just keep their helmets on and get out of there.
3 Owns a Candy Store
Jeffrey has a serious sweet tooth! So much so, when he found out that a candy shop he loved was in financial peril, (Samuel’s Sweet Shop) he bought it. Morgan and his friend Paul Rudd are co-owners of the store and have been operating it ever since.
First, the partnership or Rudd and Morgan seems odd, but second, if you could envision Negan being in business and owning anything, would it be a candy shop? Probably not. But, we could also envision little Negan-like candies all over that store and it being a huge hit. Get it? Hit? Ah well, we tried.
2 Played a Baseball Player in Mini-series
Is it ironic that a guy who chooses to use a baseball bat as his weapon of choice on The Walking Dead once played a professional baseball player in a television mini-series? Probably not when you consider that Morgan said he grew up playing baseball.
He loved the game so much, in 2015, Jeffrey played Yankee star Joe DiMaggio, in The Secret Life of Marylin Monroe. The movie focused more on DiMaggio's love life than his baseball accolades but still, perhaps Morgan playing Negan was fate. Having said, that, we highly doubt that there was ever a time DiMaggio considered wrapping his bats in barb wire.
1 Wanted to Be A Pro Basketball Star
Jeffrey Dean Morgan was active in all kinds of sports—even football where he is a huge fan of the Seattle Seahawks. But his passion was basketball and his plan to was to try and make a career out of it
Morgan is just over six feet and was pretty darn good in school. He was the captain of his Washington high school team and given a basketball scholarship. The only reason he didn't pursue things further was a knee injury that cut everything short. After the option of basketball was over, he became a painter and writer and eventually an actor.