Going into Preacher Season 1, I had a ton of questions about the series, but none bigger than this one: how was the world going to react to Arseface? I wrote a piece on this very subject well before the pilot aired on May 22nd and titled it “Is The World Ready For Arseface?”. To this day, it is one of my favorite things that I have ever written for the site.
In the aforementioned piece, I asked a relatively simple question: how will AMC’s viewership react to a character (a recurring character no less) who is as disfigured and gross as Arseface is? I mean, at the end of the day what it comes down to is this: the fans are going to have to look at him week after week, and how many are actually going to want to do that? After all, there are millions of TV dollars at stake; in a business where every single viewer counts, how big of an impact would such a visually off-putting character have on the shows ratings? Old school fans will all know that they have toned down the look from the comics, true, but still, no matter how cleaned up, a guy with an arse for a face is still a guy with an arse for a face. There’s just no way around it. Or so I thought…
Fast forward to today. We’re three episodes in and the public have certainly put in their two cents on AMC’s Arseface. Let’s have a look at what the world has got to say…
Ian Colletti Makes The Character Real In A Way I Never Thought Possible
Poor arseface. He tries so hard. He's honestly one of the purest souls in the book. The actor conveys that really well. #Preacher
— tashamia (@tashamia) June 6, 2016
I think it is fair to say this is one of the most common reactions to the character on Twitter. I feel that Ian Colletti, who we all know plays Arseface in the show, has made the character relatable, current, and human in ways his comic counterpart never could. Right from the first scene, you get the impression that Arseface is just a regular kid, kind and thoughtful, who is struggling with his inner demons as he tries to find his place in society. The result? I am cheering for him right away, and somehow (amazingly) this manages to shift my attention from, and overshadow, his physical disfigurement. I don’t see a guy with an arse for a face, I see a guy who I’m hoping things work out for in the end. It looks as though this is the case for many viewers…
… But Maybe Not All Viewers
Arseface is ridiculously ugly
— Sakuragi (@sejeez) June 2, 2016
There is still a fair bit of this out there, and I can’t say I blame anyone for that, but it’s far less than I anticipated. For those coming in cold who have never read the comics, Arseface must comes as quite a shock. I know of one person myself who is watching the show because they know I run this blog, but they admit they’re not big on seeing this character week after week.
Arseface Could Revolutionize The Costume Industry
The next con I go to will be pretty creepy on account of so many people's cosplay of Arseface from #PreacherAMC
— Moorhawk Gaming (@Moorhawk) June 14, 2016
Well, okay, maybe revolutionize wasn’t the right word, but there are a bunch of inquiries on Twitter regarding what an Arseface cosplayer is eventually going to look like. I feel like this is one of those things that has to be done right or not at all. A convention Arseface costume put together with minimal effort could be absolutely disastrous.
Not Everyone Knows His Actual Name Yet
Did assface and coma girl have a suicide pact? Some called him a murder. No wig and she got lump in da head #preacher
— oneofthem (@mrstownloner) June 6, 2016
I don’t know, maybe I’m immature or something, but this common mistake always makes me laugh. Assface just sounds so damn funny; you’d be surprised how many people make this mistake. That being said, please don’t correct anyone on social media who makes this error, I want this “Assface” thing to stick around for as long as possible.
Like I said, immature.
So what do you think folks? What are your thoughts on Ian Colletti’s Arseface?