The man we now know as Jesse Custer has become a household name across the globe since AMC's adaptation of the wildly popular comic book series Preacher hit small screens earlier this year, but the fame game has been a long time coming for 38-year-old Dominic Cooper.
Cooper has worked the entertainment circuit since 2001, launching on the British scene via a TV movie called The Gentleman Thief and finally landing the lead role as Preacher in the twisted Sunday night staple 15 years later. And, with another lead performance on the way opposite Harry Potter's Tom Felton and Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) in Stratton there's no time like the present to learn all there is to know about this lovely Londoner.
1. James Corden was once his roomie!
The pair, who starred together in The History Boys, lived the highlife in an apartment that — as Cooper explains on The Late Show — only had one two-seater sofa, one bed and one piece of cutlery: a spatula.
However, a little digging within a 2011 interview with the Telegraph shows they neglected to mention one other item present in the cozy home they shared:
“I’ve got a fantastic picture of James naked except for a football boot. Actually, he used to wake me up like that.”
Now that's an image I didn't need.
2. He replaced Orlando Bloom in An Education
Which kind of restores the karma of losing out to Andrew Garfield in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
3. He's dating Tulip O'Hare IRL!
A.K.A Ruth Negga who plays his love interest in AMC's Preacher.
4. He has no rhythm
In fact, apparently he's so bad at dancing he was banned from performing in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts' final year musical. Luckily for him, Preacher doesn't have so many dance scenes!
5. Which is a bit crazy, considering he describes acting as dressing 'up in frocks and danc[ing] around'
In a 2011 interview with The Telegraph, he shared his thoughts on actors being "taken seriously." Spoilers: he thinks it's bull.
“God no! Yes the arts, culture and theatre are important – but an actor is not. Nobody should expect an actor to have these wonderful ideas and concepts about the world: they pretend to be other people for a living. And yes, it’s wonderful that they’re good at it and they give a lot, as a collective group, but I can’t bear it when their beliefs are given too much emphasis. “I think its madness,” he says, shaking his head. I’m sure it’s difficult to hold back when you’re constantly being asked and I do think it’s important to have an opinion, but I wouldn’t air my views outside of a pub. There is too much weight and gravitas given to people who ultimately dress up in frocks and dance around.”
6. He's a jack of all (acting) trades
Which his schizophrenic CV shows: Band of Brothers, The History Boys, Mama Mia!, Sense & Sensibility, Captain America: The First Avenger, My Week with Marilyn, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Agent Carter and Warcraft.
7. He was in a relationship with his Mama Mia! co-star, Amanda Seyfried!
Though early into their relationship, rumors circulated that he cheated on her with none other than Lindsay Lohan, but thankfully they were completely unfounded. In 2014, Seyfried explained the reason behind their breakup to Elle Magazine:
"A moment to remember. It would never have worked long-term. I'm too uptight for him. Or he's too relaxed for me. He's been with the same girl for ages. I hope they're happy."
That "girl," is Ruth Negga, btw.
8. He once nearly broke the shoulder of the Rolling Stones guitarist, Ronnie Wood
Recalling the moment to The Independent, the actor got a little over excited when meeting the 66-year-old at an after-party:
“I nearly broke Ronnie Wood’s shoulder. I ended up doing this really over-the-top shoulder-barge that I thought Mick had done on stage.”
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