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GOTHAM Photo and Ben McKenzie Talks about his Character Jim Gordon

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Gotham looks so damn good. I think it's going to be an incredible series. The show's star, Ben McKenzie, recently sat down for an interview with EW to talk about the Batman inspired show. He plays police Detective Jim Gordon story, who eventually becomes the Police Commissioner of Gotham. It will tell his story and the rise of the villains and heroes in Gotham. When asked about his character, McKenzie said:

"He’s a truly honest man. The last honest man in a city full of crooked people. It’s very tricky nowadays to play a true, honest-to-goodness hero. Everybody is so cynical of people’s intentions. What’s interesting about him is he comes into this city that he hasn’t lived in for two decades, since he was a kid, and has fresh eyes to a world he doesn’t actually know. He thinks he knows it, and his journey will be to figure out how to make it better both for Gotham and himself without completely [losing] the moral standing that he has. He’s not an anti-hero, he’s a true hero — but he will have to compromise."

At one point he's asked about how Gordon will maintain his ideals throughout the series, to which he replies:

"He won’t. And that’s one of the things we talked about very early on. This is not a Batman-from-the-’50s kind of show, with moral duality in black and white. In this world, everybody lives in the grey. Everybody is on the take. Everybody is compromised. There is no way he’ll emerge unscathed from that. How does he hold onto the thread of his mortality while getting things done?"

He went on to describe the character as a "flawed human being." Saying:

"He’s strong and smart and tough, but he’s going to make wrong decisions and trust the wrong people. And he has no out — he can’t put on a cape and fly off."

When I saw that Mckenzie was cast as Gordon I couldn't have been more thrilled. I watched him in both The OC and Southland. He's a hell of a talented actor, and he's perfect for the part.

Make sure to read the full interview over on EW.

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