Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan readies for 'The Walking Dead'
Posted Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at 6:41 PM
Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan at the Toronto International Film Festival. Photo credit: Tony Felgueiras/Invision/Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Jeffrey Dean Morgan is ready to swing mighty Lucille, as the villain Negan on "The Walking Dead." In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Morgan said, "I don't need to practice my swing. I grew up with a bat in my hands."
Morgan went on and described Negan's barbed-wire baseball bat, which he affectionately refers to as Lucille. "She is gorgeous," Morgan said. "She is a beautiful girl."
Expect a stellar performance from Morgan, as he is more than just a little stoked to take on the iconic role, as TWD's newest and most lethal baddie. "I'm really f^%ing excited," Morgan said. "I was familiar. I watched the show, one. But two, I've always had a foot in the comic book world. I grew up with my uncle's comic books at my grandma's house, so I've always loved my comic book reading. And then that took on a whole new level when I did Watchmen. I go to Comic-Con every year, generally with some project of some sort."
"So, a couple of years ago people started saying, 'Hey, man, you should be Negan in The Walking Dead.' So, I started reading the comic books just because I'm a fan and I love what Kirkman is doing and so I was very aware of Negan and had read quite a bit of the comic books," Morgan continued.
"So, my agent and manager were on the phone and said, 'The Walking Dead have offered you this thing,' but they didn't have any information. They didn't know the character's name. It was all a big secret," Morgan explained.
"And they sort of got halfway through the sentence saying 'We don't know the character's name, he's the new big bad...' and I knew immediately who they were talking about," Morgan said. "They just got halfway through and I knew immediately who it was. It was no question. I was like, 'Absolutely. We're going to f--ing do it!' And that was it. And literally a week later I was in Atlanta talking with the cast and hanging out."
Look for Morgan's villainous Negan during the second half of "The Walking Dead," which returns to AMC in February. And Morgan will become a full-time participant in TWD season 7 in the fall of 2016.