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Jeffrey Dean Morgan Talks About Watchmen's Rape Scene

Published January 20, 2009 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros, MTV Splash Page
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In an attempt to remain faithful to Watchmen, Zack Snyder isn't shying away from anything; not even rape. Catching up with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays the rapist in what looks to be a controversial scene, MTV Splash Page has uncovered some new details on what to expect.

Watchmen Rape Scene

“It was a three-day process shooting that particular scene, and it was hard,” Morgan told MTV News. “It was three of the hardest days of filming I have ever had to do. It was really very violent.”

Though the scene takes place only across a couple panels in the graphic novel, the rest of the details had to be filled in for the film.

“When you’re looking at the comic book you only get a couple panels so there is a lot of stuff there that needs to be filled in,” he said, “so we fill in the blanks there between three and four panels, and it turns out to be one hell of a violent scene. And it’s all intact, [Hooded Justice] comes in and interrupts the attempted rape — it’s all there. We stayed very loyal to it, and I haven’t actually seen the scene yet, but I did see a piece of playback when we were filming it and it’s a lot.”

Will people react negatively to the rape scene? Hard to say, though Morgan admits that the fact Snyder kept it shows his dedication to the material.

The actor sums it up with, "It's rated R for a reason."

Watchmen opens to theaters March 6th.

For the poster, trailer, stills and more info on the film, go to the Watchmen Movie Page.
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