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AMC’s new comic book adaptation Preacher has a host of extremely colorful characters, from Dominic Cooper’s titular, superpower-possessing man-of-the-cloth to Arseface, a young man with a horribly disfigured visage which resembles, yes, a butt. In the show, the latter character is played, with the help of prosthetics, by Ian Colletti (Baby Mama). But there was a time when Preacher executive producer Seth Rogen hoped to portray the character himself in an ultimately abortive big screen adaptation which was being developed by Skyfall director Sam Mendes.

Preacher has passed through many hands,” Rogen told EW on the Albuquerque set of the show, earlier this year. “It’s funny, I just found an email that I sent to Sam Mendes in 2008, when he was announced as the director, asking if I could audition for the role of Arseface.”

Did the Knocked Up and Neighbors star ever get a response?

“Yes, I did!” laughs Rogen, whose fellow Preacher executive producers include longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg and showrunner Sam Catlin. “And he said I could. But then the movie fell apart. So, I don’t take it personally.”

You can see a trailer for Preacher, below. The show premieres on May 22 at 10 p.m. ET on AMC.

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