It seems to me that with the news coming down that Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who tears it up as the Comedian in Watchmen, is negotiating to star in The Losers — a Warner Bros. flick, to be directed by Sylvain White, based on Andy Diggle and Jock’s thoroughly awesome espionage-revenge DC/Vertigo comic — there is a right way and a wrong way to use the Zack Snyder bump.
The wrong way goes as follows: Be Gerard Butler. Star in one of 2007’s biggest hits (that’d be 300). Realize that the audience loves you as an action star who could also, possibly, act. And then, instead of giving the people what they want, you follow a blockbuster Greco-smackdown with…Nim’s Island, a tepid kid flick? And P.S. I Love You, an even more tepid rom-com? (Yes, we’ll give the Butler some credit for RocknRolla, but…ye gods, have you seen P.S. I Love You?)
Or, perhaps, you could be Morgan — who we’re fully aware was also in P.S. I Kinda Stink, but he wasn’t the star and that was pre-Snyder bump, when a brother needs to get paid — and begin the next stage in your career by setting your sights on the Coolness.
What do you think? Has Butler squandered his cred currency? Is Morgan making the right moves? Is P.S. I’m Abysmal your favorite movie ever and did I just make an enemy for life?
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