“I think about him to nonetheless be very match, and really succesful,” Johnson mentioned of Nash. “I think about him to be wiser, and extra considerate about issues.”
“He would nonetheless slap the crap out you,” he added, utilizing a cruder time period. “However he’d give it some thought first, and ensure it was coming from a very good place.”
The a long time since “Vice” first made Johnson a star, in 1984, have given him loads of materials. They’ve, in truth, been the stuff of legend — not all of which is verifiable, and never all of which he remembers. He married Melanie Griffith (twice), set a world report in powerboat racing and launched two hit singles (one together with his then-girlfriend Barbra Streisand). There have been struggles with substance abuse, tales of girls’s underwear virtually raining from open windows. There was Miami within the ’80s.
Alongside the best way, Johnson had 5 youngsters, together with a daughter, Dakota (of the “Fifty Shades” franchise), who’s racking up A-list anecdotes herself nowadays. Extra just lately, he has undergone a form of renaissance, remodeling himself from a number one man into a flexible character actor, specializing in a form of winkingly scuzzy, unreconstructed American male in movies like “Machete” (2010) and “Django Unchained” (2012), and in TV reveals like “Eastbound & Down” (2009-13).
When Johnson first took on the position of Nash Bridges, he had been searching for a change. Regardless of the structural similarities of “Bridges” and “Vice,” its two lead characters had been very completely different. Whereas Sonny skewed towards the tormented and dour, Nash was upbeat and humorous, fast with a quick line. Johnson appreciated the break.
“I’d simply executed a stint on ‘Miami Vice’ for 5 years, and the present and the character had simply gotten darker and darker,” he mentioned. “After some time, it was like, how darkish and desolate and with out hope can we make Sonny? And I mentioned, ‘I’m not doing that once more.’”