‘Preacher’ Reveals First Look at Arseface at WonderCon

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AMC has revealed the first photo of one of the most iconic characters from “Preacher” — Eugene “Arseface” Root (Ian Colletti), a boy whose failed suicide attempt leaves him with a severely disfigured face, but doesn’t stop him from being the nicest kid you’ll ever meet. Eugene idolizes local preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), but remains troubled by something he did in the past, which he fears has turned God against him.

“Preacher” is an adaptation of the cult Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon comic first published in 1995. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg executive produce the project and directed the pilot, while “Breaking Bad” alum Sam Catlin serves as showrunner, writer and exec producer.

Eugene’s memorable face is created wholly through prosthetics, Rogen revealed during a panel following “Preacher’s” world premiere at SXSW.

“We could never afford that in CGI – it’s a prosthetic rig. That poor little f—er has to wear that s–t on his face. He has a positive attitude about it, but I know it f—ing sucks,” Rogen laughed, praising Colletti’s performance. “He can emote a lot even with the thing on his face.”

The series is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) come together and when they do, they are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between. The series also stars Lucy Griffiths as Emily, W. Earl Brown as Sherriff Root, Anatol Yusef as DeBlanc, Tom Brooke as Fiore and Derek Wilson as Donnie Schenck.

“Preacher” premieres” Sunday, May 22nd at 10 p.m. on AMC.

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  1. Cherry of fakenewspapersdotcom says:

    Incredibly interesting! I am sure it won’t disappoint!

  2. loco73 says:

    I am really looking forward to this show. I think that if done properly, AMC could have another winner on its hands. The source material is fantastic, its graphic, politically incorrect subject matter and characters, make for something really different than the average fare of superhero dominated movie and TV adaptations.

    Among the drawbacks is the really dark, explicit and violent nature of the content. While AMC has less restrictions and censorship on content than its mainstream network counterparts, there are still limitations on what can be shown, perhaps not in terms of action and violence, but in terms of nudity, sexuality and language, AMC has some clear limitations. I would have much preferred for this project to have been developed at HBO, its originally intended home, or Showtime or Starz. I think HBO made a mistake by taking a pass on “Preacher”. Yet, HBO, would have been the perfect form for it, since it has a lot more latitude in terms of the aforementioned language, nudity and sexuality which are an integral part of the “Preacher” graphic novels.

    Another point of contention for me is the involvement of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg on this project. While I realise that perhaps without their involvement in backing, developing and promoting this project, “Preacher” might never have seen the light of day as a live-action TV series, I almost wish that now that it is taking flight, their involvement would be minimal. Because Goldberg and Rogen seem not to have gotten the message, that just because you are a comic book and graphic novel fan…that doesn’t automatically mean you can produce, write or develop the source material, cough…”Green Hornet”…cough…

    But we will see how this all takes place. Still looking forward to seeing the pilot!

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