Don Johnson's road leads to "Rome"

Sun Aug 10, 2008 9:15pm EDT

Don Johnson arrives with a rose for a musical premiere of ''Miami Nights'' in Munich November 7, 2007. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Don Johnson arrives with a rose for a musical premiere of ''Miami Nights'' in Munich November 7, 2007.

Credit: Reuters/Michaela Rehle

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Don Johnson has just wrapped his first studio movie in a dozen years, and hopes to focus more on features than TV.

"The (TV) climate has changed in that there's very few slots for dramas or for the things that I wanted to do," the former "Miami Vice" star said. "And I didn't want to do another cop show, though I would consider something if it were international in scope and global in nature."

Johnson plays Kristen Bell's father in Disney's "When in Rome," and will also will pop up in the indie comedy "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy."

His most recent studio movie was 1996's "Tin Cup"; since then, the actor has been busy with TV -- the 1996-2001 cop series "Nash Bridges," followed by the short-lived drama "Just Legal" -- and a recent trio of European movies.

In "Rome," Bell's character steals coins from an Italian fountain and finds herself receiving visits from numerous strangers who, having previously thrown coins into the fountain, are now in love with her.

Johnson described the film as "Capra-esque but with a modern and very contemporary spin on the fun and the comedy."

He will appear as a father of a different sort in "Orgy," in which comedian Jason Sudeikis plays his son. The project revolves around thirtysomething friends on the verge of major changes in their life who celebrate their last Labor Day together in the Hamptons with an intimate party.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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