Audio commentary for the pilot episode of AMC’s ‘Preacher,’ which debuted this past Sunday, can now be heard in its entirety online. The commentary features the team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, both of whom are executive producers and co-directors of the series.
The episode, which is considered the pilot episode, did quite well in the ratings and received generally positive feedback and remarks for this new show. So the folks over at AMC decided to allow the fans the opportunity to hear commentary by the directors and listen to their thoughts on the series, the struggles in finally bringing the adaptation to the small screen, and a lot of fun and interesting facts about last Sunday’s pilot episode.
“We were very concerned about our budget on this show, and how good our visual effects would be,” Rogen remarks at the beginning of the Preacher commentary. “We said, ‘Let’s not even try to make it look like good visual effects; let’s make it look like visual effects from 1967,’ so this is what we came up with.”
The directing team of Rogen and Goldberg, who have collaborated on such films as Superbad, Pineapple Express, and This Is the End, had been wanting to adapt creator Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon‘s comic book series Preacher for years. With the securing of Breaking Bad producer Sam Catlin to help write the pilot, Rogen and Goldberg were finally able to bring the Vertigo-published comic book series to life. In making the adaptation for television, the duo knew they had struck gold with Catlin coming on board. They had so much faith in him from his work on Breaking Bad, that they skipped formalities in meeting him and and were simply convinced by his resumé, “If we don’t get along, it’ll be worth it, because he made Breaking Bad,” Goldberg explained.
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The commentary, which you can now listen to on AMC’s website, has a ton of great information and fun facts about the pilot, such as…
*** Rogen and Goldberg had to “fight” for Jesse Custer’s black jacket. They also attempted to make the preacher’s hair messier, as it is in the comics, but they couldn’t find a way to lessen Dominic Cooper‘s perfect hair. (Lol)
*** The pilot was shot by cinematographer Bill Pope (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), who Rogen worked with when he was 16 on Freaks & Geeks.
*** Sam Catlin has a voice cameo in the pilot. (Hmmm.)
*** Both Rogen and Goldberg wanted each character from the series and their storylines to have “its own look, own lighting style, and own camera style.”
*** There were quite a bit more fantasy sequences originally in the pilot and the show as a whole. When Jesse talks to young Chris (Thomas Barbusca) about confronting his father, Donnie, it was cut to “cool, comic book-style images of Jesse beating up people.” They cut the sequence, believing it would build more momentum in the pilot and make the actual fight more satisfying.
‘Preacher’ returns to AMC with Episode 1 on June 6th.