‘Gotham’ star Ben McKenzie discusses Jim Gordon’s evolution, promises no Rooney episode

09.19.14 5 years ago

You may find other interviews in which “Gotham” star Ben McKenzie discusses the decision to go from a critically admired cop drama (“Southland”) to playing a very different sort of officer-of-the-law in FOX's “Gotham.”

McKenzie has previously talked about the differences between playing a beat cop and a detective, though I think he does it extremely well in our video interview from last week.

You may find other interviews in which McKenzie discusses the difficulties finding resources on Jim Gordon's backstory and how that allowed him freedom.

I believe McKenzie has talked about his conversations with DC's Geoff Johns and the fact that Gordon won't be getting his trademark mustache any time soon, though he's very amusing in discussing it in this interview. [“At the end of the day, we all know a mustache on me would look ridiculous. It's only a look you can pull off later in your life,” he explains.]

But I'm prepared to guarantee you with near absolute certainty that this is the only Ben McKenzie interview you'll watch in which the “Gotham” star promises that his new FOX drama won't follow in the footsteps of his previous FOX drama and dedicate an entire episode to singing the praises of L.A. rockers Rooney.

“If there”s a Rooney episode of ‘Gotham,” we”ve gone horribly, horribly astray,” McKenzie told me with a laugh.

It's entirely organic. I promise.

Check out the full interview above and get McKenzie's thoughts on the workload of “Gotham,” which focuses on his Gordon, as well as a nascent rogue's gallery of future “Batman” villains, plus a young Bruce Wayne. He also discusses the film noir touchstones for his interpretation of Gordon.

I think it's a really fun and interesting interview with an actor who is clearly committed to the project he's working on.

“Gotham” premieres on Monday, September 22 at 8 p.m. on FOX.

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