Next month is a big month for comic book fans. We'll be getting two epic superhero films in May in the form of Captain America: Civil War and X-Men: Apocalypse—both of which are coincidentally about war!
But even though everyone is super excited for these films, there's one more awesome piece of comic book media that's worth getting equally excited about: Preacher.
Based on the cult classic comic of the same name, Preacher is an upcoming AMC series created by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Starring Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Preacher follows Custer, a small-town preacher whose world is suddenly flipped when a mysterious being inhabits him and grants him heavenly powers.
He goes on a mission to find out about his powers, and to literally track down God, along with his ex-girlfriend Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, played by Ruth Negga and Joseph Gilgun, respectively.
Dominic Cooper is one of my favorite actors, and for good reason. Besides being naturally awesome, Cooper has portrayed a variety of interesting characters. Beginning his long acting career in 2001, Dominic Cooper starred in a ton of different films, including Breakfast on Pluto, and The History Boys, a film adaption of the British stage play (which he also starred in).
In 2011, he got his first huge role as a very important member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Howard Stark, in Captain America: The First Avenger.
Going back in time to the 1940s during the dawn of WWII, Dominic Cooper portrays the father of Tony 'Iron Man' Stark, and assists in molding Steve Rogers into the First Avenger himself, Captain America!
Cooper would go on to portray the character again in both a Marvel One-Shot titled Agent Carter, and in a recurring role in the Agent Carter TV series that the one-shot spawned!
Taking on the identity of a ruthless ruler next, in the obviously historically inaccurate but surprisingly entertaining Dracula Untold, Cooper was able to show the world just how charismatic and cruel a villain he could be, a nature much different from that of his previous role as the smart-mouthed, energetic Howard Stark.
Though not a loather of blood-suckers, Dominic Cooper's next big role would once again feature him swinging a sword around and wearing shiny armor. This year, we'll be seeing Cooper as King Llane in Warcraft, the upcoming video game-to-film adaption!
Set in the fictional lands of Azeroth and Draenor, Warcraft follows two factions, the Orcs and the Humans, as they are forced to band together to stop their home from being destroyed by a rising threat. Dominic Cooper, as King Llane Wrynn, is the leader of the Stormwind Kingdom, and a member of the human race.
So what do all of these roles have in common? Besides being incredibly interesting, they were all also incredibly challenging. Iron Man's father, an emperor, a king in a mystical world—taking on these roles is no easy feat!
But with Cooper about to take on yet another challenging role in the form of Jesse Custer, I got the chance (along with a few other awesome Moviepilot Creators) to sit down with Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, and Ruth Negga to ask them a couple of questions about the show. One question I had to ask was why and how Jesse Custer is a more challenging role than any other he's taken on!
He started off with explaining how he approached his previous roles:
Adonis Gonzalez: Dominic, you've had a lot of challenging and interesting roles. You're Howard Stark, you're in Warcraft. What about Jesse Custer makes this a more challenging role for you?
Dominic Cooper: I think with those roles , and with a lot of the roles I've done, I suppose there's more caricature in those, certainly in Howard Stark. And I've sort of clung onto that, and I've used the idea of the character, or the idea of the background, or who the character is meant to be. Because there's so much history to it.
He then discussed the challenge of portraying a character like Jesse Custer. Especially when being surrounded by so many other great performances:
With this character, I find that it is very different, in terms of nature and where he's from, and his background, from anything I've ever done. Especially as I'm surrounded by such incredible performances, I've never seen such brilliant characterizations. They're so colorful, and you can't help but have your eyes on them. Garth [Ennis] has created these incredible characters, and these actors are making them so brilliant! So for me, I have to find a place of stillness and solidity in the midst of all of this, and that's what I find to be a real challenge. I find it really hard to be this quite dark, and reflective centered character. That's my challenge.
Dominic Cooper also talked about the interesting dynamic and mindset of his character, while fellow cast members Ruth Negga and Joseph Gilgun joined in to explain why the character of Jesse is such a difficult role:
DC: It's quite a complex dynamic that he has to deal with. On the one hand, he thinks he has got this incredible power, but deep down he knows the dangers of it, and yet he's trying to redeem himself, and trying to make himself a better man. I find that really interesting to research and play.
Ruth Negga (speaking to Dominic): And it is challenging for you, because you are a center that is trying to hold, but actually cannot hold. You're like the planet that we [the other cast members] orbit around. You're the focus. I think that's very challenging for Jesse, as well as the actor who is playing him.
Joseph Gilgun: It's difficult being the still, cool guy isn't it?
There you have it, exactly why Jesse Custer is such a challenging role! You can see Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, and meet the rest of the citizens of Annville, Texas when Preacher comes to AMC May 22, 2016!
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