Jesse Custer in Preacher How did you approach playing Jesse?
I just needed to truly believe this man’s origin, his background, where he comes from. That was work for me, just in terms of the nature of where he comes from. He’s a man from rural Texas, he’s gone back to a very small town. But at some point you say to yourself, “There has to be some part of me that is true to him.”
How would you describe Jesse’s relationship with Irish vampire Cassidy?
They’re good friends. But they disagree so hugely on the idea of life, and these discussions keep coming up; and they reveal a lot about who they are. They’re trying to redeem themselves by doing something better… Joe Gilgun and I go into a room and the place where it starts is very different from the place where it ends up.
Was it hard to get the accent right?
It’s very easy to make a caricature of the accent. You start going into some deep southern drawl. It was always about pulling it back. With accents it’s always about doing less. I did a much heavier Texan at first, and it became lighter… I think there should be subtitles for Cassidy! Joseph McCabe