Jesse Custer is looking for God and you probably don't want to get in his way.
Custer, played by Dominic Cooper on the AMC series Preacher, has a way with words, mostly because the power of the heavenly being within him means anyone who hears him speak must obey his commands. He's using that power to find God, who has gone missing from heaven. From the series' New Orleans set, Cooper tells ComicBook.com that this mission has helped make Jesse's character more consistent in the show's second season.
"I think he is more solidified," Cooper says. "He has a very, very particular focus. And if you're not with him on that journey then he's not really that interested."
Last season, Cooper told ComicBook.com that Jesse's personality and state of mind were so frequently in flux that it sometimes felt like playing a different character every week.
"He was really struggling with an identity then. With what he wanted to be. What people expected him to be. What his father wanted him to be," Cooper recalls. "This guilt that he was harboring. Now, he thinks he's doing what's best for the world. For mankind. How delusional that may seem.
However, Cooper notes that clarity and focus can come at a cost.
"There's something he gives away that he can't ever get back," Cooper teases. "And that's probably the beginning again, of the next phase of inner destruction and self-hatred that will occur."
Based on the popular cult comic book franchise of the same name, Preacher is an absurdly twisted and action packed thrill ride. When Jesse Custer, a small-town preacher with a criminal past, realizes God is absent from Heaven, Jesse sets out to find Him. Along for the ride are Tulip, Jesse's volatile true love, and Cassidy, an 119-year-old Irish vampire and Jesse's best mate. The gang ends up in New Orleans, where they must dodge local gangsters, dangerous secret agents in white suits, and the Saint of Killers, an unstoppable killer cowboy from Hell.
Developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen for AMC, Preacher stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as Tulip O'Hare, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Ian Colletti as Eugene "Arseface" Root, Tom Brooke as Fiore, Graham McTavish as the Saint of Killers.
Preacher was created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon.
Preacher returns to AMC for the two-night season two premiere June 25 at 10 p.m. ET and June 25 at 10 p.m. ET.