I didn't know Seth Rogen was a major player in getting AMC's Preacher made until after I'd seen the first three episodes, and I was shocked to learn he's actually an executive producer. Rogen is not the picture of sophistication I would have matched up with this show, but my impression of him has changed drastically since learning this little tidbit.
Here are ten things YOU may not have known about the mind blowing new series:
1. Preacher Is Based On A Graphic Novel
Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon first published Preacher as a graphic novel in 1995. That's when my kid was born, and he's in college now. Just goes to show that amazing characters take years to develop (I'm talking about both the characters in Preacher, and my kid).
2. Seth Rogen And Evan Goldberg Basically Became Rich And Famous So They Could Get Preacher Made
“We were just picking up some momentum as writers and so we were like, we’re writers now, we’re making an action comedy, maybe they’ll let us make Preacher.” - Seth Rogen
There would LITERALLY be no Preacher without Superbad.
3. Back In 2014, AMC Chose Not To Pursue Any Pilots Other Than Preacher
Alexander Woo (True Blood) was developing Bombingham, a civil rights project named for all of the bombs killing people in Birmingham, Alabama, in the 1940's, 50's, and 60's. The pilot for Bombingham was set aside by AMC so they could focus on the development of Preacher. Hopefully, Bombingham will be back on the table soon - it looks like an amazing project.
4. "Jesse Custer" Is An Anagram For "Secret Jesus"
5. Joseph Gilgun And Ruth Negga Both Appeared In Misfits, A UK Drama About Superheroes
Negga was in the second season of Misfits as a secondary character, while Gilgun played a main character starting in season three.
6. Although Set In Texas, Preacher Is Filmed In Albuquerque, New Mexico
AMC had another show that was filmed in Albuquerque. You may have heard of it.
7. Ruth Negga And Dominic Cooper Have Both Acted In Marvel Shows
Preacher is a product of the DC imprint Vertigo. However, Negga was in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Dominic Cooper was in both Captain America: The First Avenger, and Agent Carter, all Marvel projects.
8. Ruth Negga And Dominic Cooper Are Real-Life Sweethearts
According to Wikipedia, Negga and Cooper have been together since 2010. There may have been some overlap between Cooper's relationships with Negga and Amanda Seyfried, though, around 2009. Regardless, Cooper and Negga are smoking hot on and off the screen, and currently live together in London.
9. None Of The Primary Actors Are From The United States
Ruth Negga was born to an Irish mother in Ethiopia, and was raised in Limerick. Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, and Lucy Griffiths (who portrays Emily) are all from England. They all play American characters in Preacher, except for Gilgun, who is an Irish vampire on the show.
10. Preacher Is A Strong Contender For Next Year's Emmy Awards
AMC has 24 Emmy nominations this year, including Outstanding Special Effects and Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for The Walking Dead. Preacher, having many common factors with The Walking Dead (both are based on graphic novels, are on AMC, and have incredible special effects makeup), is absolutely one to watch for future awards.
Now that you know all these amazing things about AMC's Preacher, you can enjoy it even more! New episodes air on Sundays at 9 p.m., and as of the writing of this article, all past episodes are available to stream on amc.com!