The world and characters that Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon created in his Preacher comic run is so out-there crazy fun, it sounds like an almost impossible task for AMC bring some of these personalities to life in their upcoming adaption airing in May. Take for example, Arseface. A trouble teen who’s face looks like a butt hole. Thanks to an image unveiled at Wonder Con, we’re able to have our first official look at Ian Colletti as Arseface.
For those of you asking why anyone would be named Arseface, in Preacher, Arseface tried to kill himself with a shotgun and things went even more horribly wrong than he could have ever imagined when he didn’t die. His story is much more twisted and tragic than just that though.
As for how they made Eugene’s face look like that, Ian Colletti is wearing a prosthetic, obviously. Seth Rogen explained at a Q&A following the 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. He can emote a lot even with the thing on his face.”
It will be interesting how much emoting will actually come through on screen, and whether or not the character will be audible. In the comics, Eugene can barely speak, with words coming out as muffled muttering due to, well, obvious reasons. Sub titles may in our future.
For those that are unfamiliar with the comic series, Preacher follows disgraced ex-preacher Jesse Custer on his quest to find God, who is mysteriously MIA. Along for the ride with him are his girlfriend Tulip, and drunken vampire best friend Cassidy. If you haven’t read the series, go grab a trade of the first few issues and sit down for some interesting reading. Garth Ennis is one fantastically twisted writer and Steve Dillon is a fantastic artist.
In the 15 years since Preacher ended its vaunted run in Vertigo, there have been numerous (Numerous!) attempts to turn it into a viable movie project. After fits and starts, someone at AMC finally had the bright idea to make Preacher for a format that was more likely to appreciate its rich, complex and challenging storytelling, and that’s television. Word is, that AMC delivers a delightfully visceral but all together different telling of the Preacher tale. Kind of like how the Walking Dead draws inspiration, and some key moments, from its comic source material but veers off and does its own thing. Some fans have much mire when studios/creative teams go off book, while others welcome the fresh material. What may have worked for The Walking Dead may not work for Preacher. Time will tell.
Preacher debuts on AMC at 10pm ET/PT on May 22.