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"I fought, calculated and manipulated to get that part!" Don Johnson says of his joy when he learned he'd be slipping on the pastel blazer of undercover detective Sonny Crockett.
Being cast on one of the hottest shows of the '80s was a high point in his career, even though he was already an acting veteran in his 30s when he landed the role. "I'd been bouncing around for about 15 years before Miami Vice."
But the part wasn't an easy get for the star. "They auditioned every guy on the planet to play that part," Don jokes.
Fortunately, during the audition process, he was paired with Philip Michael Thomas, who would wind up being cast as Sonny's partner, Ricardo Tubbs. The actors had immediate chemistry.
"I'll always remember this very handsome man with the most incredible skin and green eyes and enormous energy," Don recalls. It wasn't long after that final film test when the now 64-year-old learned the role was his.
"[The auditions] were a long, arduous process," he tells Closer, "but one thing led to another, and eventually good common sense won out! I have been very lucky."
And although the show's signature style has become a pop culture reference, Don shares, "There's a lot more to me than the guy in a $3 T-shirt and a Versace jacket."