Do you think Seth Rogen has any regrets about staying behind the camera for his TV adaptation of Preacher? It’s hard to say, but this DIY spoof he made in which he stars as Dominic Cooper’s role is pretty LOL.
The AMC series, which co-stars Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ruth Negga, is set for debut this Sunday. But before then, get a load of what the show might have looked like with Rogen as the titular Preacher. “Seth Rogen wasn’t satisfied with just being executive producer and director of the new AMC original series, Preacher,” read a title card. “He also wanted to be the star. So he presented AMC with this.”
It would’ve had a much larger budget to work with, mind you. So Rogen wouldn’t have had to settle for kindergarten arts-and-crafts-style graphics, toy cars, mannequin extras, and cardboard backgrounds. You can see what a difference a network-level production budget can make on a project in the side-by-side comparison tagged onto the end.
In addition to Cooper’s Jesse Custer, Rogen portrays all the characters, including Negga’s Tulip O’Hare, Joe Gilgun’s Cassidy, and Ian Colletti’s Arseface, which Rogen replicated by taping over a piece of paper to his mouth. Perhaps the best of the bunch is his version of Tulip. While Negga can pull off the outfits, while Rogen’s gut is busting out of the top.
Watch the Preacher parody below.
The real Preacher will feature a story about Jesse, who returns to his Texas hometown to take over as the preacher. Thanks to a mysterious entity residing there, he’s afforded some pretty strange abilities. Rogen created the series adaptation, based on the comic series, with his longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg and Garth Ennis. Rogen and Goldberg also direct with Michael Slovis.