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Preacher star Ian Colletti previews Eugene's hellish season 2

AMC’s comic book adaptation returns June 25

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In the first season of Preacher, Ian Colletti’s character Eugene Root was accidentally banished to Hell by Dominic Cooper’s superpower-possessing man of God, Jesse Custer. So, how will Eugene cope with this turn of events in season 2 of AMC’s comic book adaptation, premiering June 25?

“Hell’s a pretty scary place filled with some scary characters,” Colletti tells EW. “I think Eugene — a pretty good and innocent person — is going to have to adapt to survive. In the first season, Eugene would come to Jesse with these feelings, and Jesse would often walk away, but in the second season, I think we’ll see more of a focus on Eugene himself, as he comes to grips with his own demons and realizes who he is.”

In Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s original comic, Eugene is widely known as “Arseface” because of a facial disfigurement caused by his trying to take his life with a shotgun. Colletti’s character is similarly scarred in the TV show and performs the part with a prosthetic covering his mouth and nose. “It can be rather difficult and gross,” he admits. “I can’t eat when I’m wearing it, and it gets spitty and snotty, and all kinds of lovely bodily fluids get caught behind it. It’s also a practical challenge as an actor. It’s an inch-thick of foam, so I often have to emote my face in a very unnatural way for it to read through the thick prosthetic — with something as simple as a subtle smile, it’s almost like you’re puppeteering something on your face.”

The irony? The main cast member who has to undergo the longest makeup routine before stepping onto the set is also the one least likely to be recognized off it. “There have even been times when I’ve hanging out with Dom, and Ruth [Negga], and Joe [Gilgun], and I’ve had people hand me their phone and ask if I could take a picture of them with them, which is always very funny,” he says.

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Colletti should be more recognizable in his next project, Mohawk, the second film from We Are Still Here director Ted Geoghegan. Set in 1814, the action-horror movie concerns two Mohawk warriors and their British lover who are pursued by murderous American military renegades. Geoghegan’s film will receive its world premiere at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.

“It’s a unique story and it’s set in a time period that I don’t think we see enough onscreen,” says Colletti. “I think it’s going to be a really special, cool film.”

Preacher season 2 kicks off with a two-night event, beginning with the season premiere on AMC on Sunday, June 25 at 10 p.m. ET, followed by the second episode on Monday, June 26 at 9 p.m. ET in the series’ regular time slot. Watch a trailer for the new season, above.