In tonight’s premiere of Gotham, Ben McKenzie plays a young Jim Gordon, a good guy in a world full of bad ones. He spends his days bossing criminals around, meeting future super-villains, and occasionally, getting his butt kicked. But in real life, McKenzie’s less interested in being the boss … and more interested in being bossed around?
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Being somebody’s best friend requires dedication. The best friend is going to be there through the laughter, the tears, the family drama, the relationship drama, the illnesses, the fetishes, the wardrobe malfunctions, and just about everything life has to offer. But what if being a best friend consumed all your time, and therefore, your life? Well, then you’d be Judy Greer.
OK, not literally, but in a new Funny or Die video, Judy Greer plays “the best friend” — as she’s done so well and so often in rom-coms from 2001’s The Wedding Planner to 2008’s 27 Dresses. She’s the woman who cheers from the sideline and puts her friend’s happiness before her own. Example A? She passes up an opportunity to date Matt, played by Ben McKenzie, for one reason and one reason only: so Matt can date her best friend. Oh, Judy. That tub of ice cream will never fill that Matt-sized hole in your heart.
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This weekend, it was announced that Ben McKenzie has landed the lead role of Jim Gordon in Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel series, Gotham. Minutes later, Twitter exploded with congratulations, a few skeptical remarks, and every O.C.-to-Gotham pun you can think of: “Welcome to Gotham, bitch.” “I hope Jim Gordon’s going to wear a choker.” “Does this mean Seth Cohen will be be The Joker?” And although I understand everyone’s desire to reference McKenzie’s well-known run as Ryan Atwood on my favorite show in the history of ever, I also want to stress that McKenzie being perfect for the role of Jim Gordon is about more than his work on The O.C.
Is The O.C. a factor? Of course. Do I think McKenzie’s four seasons as Ryan Atwood are a prime example for what he can do as an actor? Definitely. I just don’t think that one role entirely encompasses his ability, which is why I want to talk about the many other roles that make him a good fit to play Jim Gordon.
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Ten years after The O.C. became nothing short of a phenomenon, fans are still dying to know what went on behind the scenes. Who let the fame get to their head? Was the set full of bagels, bikinis, and good times? And after Tate Donovan spoke to Vulture back in August about how some of the show’s young stars became “very tough to work with,” more rumors started swirling. Luckily, one of those “young stars” has now offered a bit of perspective from his years spent brooding, punching people, and stealing our hearts.
Ben McKenzie, who of course played Ryan Atwood on the hit show, recently went on the Nerdist podcast Making It With Riki Lindhome, where he talked about everything from growing up in Texas to the “whirlwind” that was The O.C.
After being cast “with maybe like a week or two” before the pilot was shot, McKenzie was quite literally thrown into the world of Josh Schwartz’s Orange County. “We wrapped on Friday, and we were picked up on Monday,” he tells Lindhome. “They started building sets, and we were on the air in August … and we did 27 episodes our first year.” As Luke so elegantly put it 10 years ago: Welcome to The O.C., bitch.
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The days of infinity pools, the Harbor School, and witty banter in the Cohen’s kitchen are long gone, but that doesn’t stop us from following the careers of those who created some of our favorite dramatic moments (accompanied by Imogen Heap songs) on The OC. And if we’re already being nostalgic, we might as well take things all the way back to season 1. You know, when Ryan Atwood still wore a wrist cuff, and Luke was the bad guy who won our hearts. Speaking of the blonde love triangle, we’ve got an update on what Luke, Ryan, and even Marissa (she’s back from the dead!) are up to now. READ FULL STORY
Some might think that Ben McKenzie left The OC behind when he swapped his wife beater and fists of fury for a police uniform and a gun. But believe it or not, McKenzie’s small-screen career choices have one little thing in common: prison.
Last night, McKenzie told Conan the story of a surprising fan encounter. While shooting season 1 of the cop drama Southland, McKenzie was on location when a real-life (presumably ex) gang member told him that he liked his work. Apparently, on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. in the joint, the cell blocks all sang the same tune: “California, California, here we cooommeee.”
The lesson here: Even convicts couldn’t resist the charm of the Cohen family. Watch below: READ FULL STORY
For those of you who don’t know what Southland is, it’s an expertly executed TNT drama about cops in L.A. starring the likes of Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Regina King, and Ben McKenzie. The show presents a sometimes shockingly realistic portrayal of being a cop in the perhaps not-so-appropriately named City of Angels. From the in-your-face camera angles to the inner demons of the characters themselves, Southland is known for being gritty and dramatic, and the fifth season opener is no different.
But just in case the stories — and Ben’s arm muscles — aren’t convincing you to tune in, here are my top five reasons why you should catch tonight’s show: READ FULL STORY
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