He was a teen heart throb for a whole generation on FOX's "The O.C.," then he went to cable and earned his acting stripes on the cop drama "Southland". Now, actor Benjamin McKenzie takes on the iconic role of Jim Gordon in this Fall's most anticipated new drama - FOX's Batman prequel series "Gotham".
Speaking with EW about the gig, he describes his character as "the last honest man in a city full of crooked people," and throughout the first season he will have to learn how to compromise:
"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 says the producers have to be very careful with his character being the only one with a truly moral center as that "can come across as naivete unless the character is written to be as smart as everybody else in the room, if not smarter."
For the full interview, click here.