“I still imagine he’s very fit and very talented,” Johnson said of Nash. “I imagine he’s smarter and more considerate of things.”
“He would have beaten you anyway,” he added, using a more vulgar expression. “But he’d think about it first and make sure he came from a good place.”
The decades since “Vice” first made Johnson a star in 1984 have given him plenty of material. In fact, they are not all a myth that cannot be verified and that they all remember. He was married to Melanie Griffith (twice), set a world record in speedboat racing, and released two hit singles (one with then-girlfriend Barbra Streisand). There were struggles with substance abuse, lingerie stories it’s almost raining from the open windows. There was Miami in the ’80s.
Along the way, Johnson had five children, including a daughter, Dakota (from the “Fifty Shades” series), who nowadays makes A-list anecdotes. More recently, he’s had a sort of renaissance by transforming himself from protagonist to versatile character actor, specializing in the type of winking furry, unconstructed American male in movies like “Machete” (2010) and “Django Unchained” (2012). ) and in TV shows like “Eastbound & Down” (2009-13).
When Johnson first got the role of Nash Bridges, he was looking for a change. Despite the structural similarities of “Bridges” and “Vice,” the two main characters were very different. Nash was cheerful and playful, quick with a quick streak, while Sonny leaned towards the tormented and sullen. Johnson appreciated the break.
“I worked on ‘Miami Vice’ for five years, and the show and character got darker and darker,” he said. “After a while, it seemed like how dark and desolate and hopeless we could make Sonny? And I said, ‘I’m not going to do that again.