Jeffrey Dean Morgan says his ‘horrible’ role in Star Trek: Enterprise almost made him quit acting

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan says his 'horrible' role in Star Trek: Enterprise almost made him quit acting


He is an accomplished professional with years of camera experience.

But Jeffrey Dean Morgan recently revealed a role that almost made him stop acting altogether.

The Walking Dead favorite, 54, opened up about his career on the latest episode of the popular YouTube series Hot Ones.

While in the hot seat, host Sean Evans asked the Rampage actor to revisit his terrible experience playing a Xindi-Reptilian in a 2003 episode of Star Trek: Enterprise.

Retrospective: Jeffrey Dean Morgan Explained How A Role In Star Trek: Enterprise Almost Made Him Stop Acting By Appearing On Hot Ones

Morgan explained why the job – which required heavy prosthetics and makeup – was a learning experience, saying, “Turns out I’m claustrophobic.

“I had a lot of trouble doing the makeup process, I had straws in my nose,” he recalls.

It was an exhausting experience for the actor, even leading him to reconsider his career choices.

“I’ve never been on a set where I came home at night and just thought, ‘What am I doing, I made the worst decision of my life, I never want to be an actor again. ”

Not a fun moment: The actor, 54, said he found out he was claustrophobic after undergoing extensive makeup, revealing 'I was really struggling with the makeup process, I had straws in the nose '' in order to play Xindi-Reptilian on a 2003 episode of Star Trek: Enterprise (above)

Not a fun moment: The actor, 54, said he found out he was claustrophobic after undergoing extensive makeup, revealing “I was really struggling with the makeup process, I had straws in the nose ”in order to play Xindi-Reptilian on a 2003 episode of Star Trek: Enterprise (above)

Breaking point: Walking Dead favorite told host Sean Evans he had 'never' been in a situation where a role made him want to give up his acting career

Breaking Point: Walking Dead favorite told host Sean Evans he’s “never” been in a situation where a role made him want to give up his acting career

“I was sure it was just wrong and it almost made me quit… it was horrible,” the star continued.

Morgan previously described his experience in more depth in a 2012 interview with Entertainment Weekly, where he noted that he had taken on the role of “paying my bills.”

The Seattle native said he took on every role he could play in his early years as an actor and admitted he was not prepared for what he signed up for.

“I knew I would play a guy saying stuff. Then I got a call saying I had to do a prosthetic placement. I remember them dripping goop all over my face… I couldn’t have lunch. I was claustrophobic. I would go home in tears, ”he said.

Taking care of business: In a 2012 interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor noted that he had accepted the role of

Taking care of business: In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2012, the actor noted that he had accepted the role of “paying my bills”; he is pictured at the Ant-Man premiere in 2015

Forward and Above: Morgan embarked on a successful career in film and television after assuming his role in Star Trek: Enterprise;  he is seen with Katherine Heigl in a 2006 episode of Grey's Anatomy

Forward and Above: Morgan embarked on a successful career in film and television after assuming his role in Star Trek: Enterprise; he is seen with Katherine Heigl in a 2006 episode of Grey’s Anatomy

Although the actor had a rough time during the early stages of his career, he went on to take on roles in several high profile television and film projects.

From 2006 to 2009, he played Denny Duquette, who was Izzie Stevens’ fiancé for a short time, although he was later struck off the show.

Morgan also landed the role of Negan in the long-running horror drama The Walking Dead, where he has been a series regular since the show began its seventh season in 2016.

Fan favorite: Morgan went on to take on the role of Negan in the long-running horror drama series The Walking Dead, where he became a regular on the show.

Fan Favorite: Morgan went on to take on the role of Negan in the long-running horror drama The Walking Dead, where he became a regular on the show.

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