“It’s much more closely related to the comics,” actor Dominic Cooper says in an interview with Gold Derby (watch the exclusive video above) about the upcoming second season of “Preacher,” which premieres June 25 on AMC. Adapted from the 75-issue comic of the same name published from 1995 to 2000, the supernatural drama follows Jesse Custer, a small-town criminal and preacher played by Cooper. “He’s strong, he’s decisive, he’s trustworthy, but his torment and his pain consume him to point that he becomes quite selfish and he makes some terrible mistakes,” Cooper says about his character.
Jesse’s girlfriend Tulip O’Hare is played by recent Oscar nominee Ruth Negga, who is Cooper’s real-life partner of seven years. “There were rumors circulating about the script. It was definitely her copy of that script which I first saw,” reveals Cooper, who was cast after Negga. He recalls, “In that terrible manner, I got wind of it and thought, ‘I like the sound of this’ and then approached various people. That’s how it unfolded and how I learned about it, but no, we weren’t a package deal. We seem to have done a lot of plays and TV shows and films together, which is very, very odd, but all coincidence.”
Speaking from a New Orleans apartment set built for the new season, Cooper teases, “It’s been terribly exciting coming face to face with a lot of the characters that I remember from the original comic. We left the last season with this quest for god, this missing entity that Jesse’s desperate to find and desperately seeking answers from. That’s certainly Jesse’s paramount objective and you see slowly the deterioration of a group of friends who are under immense pressure who are having to make very difficult decisions about their friendship, about what they’re striving for, about the chaos they get into with one another, about the lies they tell one another.”
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