by Randy Mastronicola I portraits by John Russo
We have met interviewed many notable people here at Cigar & Spirits Magazine. Actors, directors, comedians, musicians, athletes. Obviously, most are cigar and/or spirits enthusiasts, and each has varying degrees of notoriety. This time, the magazine’s staff reaction to the news we’d be interviewing Jeffrey Dean Morgan was especially interesting. Jeffrey’s career has proven to be diverse because he’s worked in many different genres, but the majority of the recognition among the staff broke down into two obvious camps: The Walking Dead and Grey’s Anatomy. Evidently, worlds do collide. Around the water cooler, we discussed both shows and Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s characters.
The words used to describe Jeffrey’s The Walking Dead character, Negan Smith, were brutal, charismatic, bawdy and ruthless, yet somehow honorable.
Jeffrey’s Denny Duquette character from Grey’s Anatomy garnered comments like “That heart patient guy broke my heart,” and “That love story really got to me,” plus words like warm, funny, deep and soulful.
My takeaway from my real-life conversation with Jeffrey was the best of all those descriptions. He was charismatic, warm, funny, deep and soulful, and has a love story thrown into the mix, too.