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.