How ‘Preacher’ star Graham McTavish became a genre-hopping TV fixture

Scottish-born Graham McTavish’s showing resume covers almost every TV fashion — merely don’t seek for him in a procedural.

“I’ve been very fortunate in the last few years to get into ‘The Hobbit’ [movies],” says McTavish, 58. “Do that for two-and-a-half years, immediately overlap that with ‘Outlander’ for 2 years and immediately overlap that with ‘Preacher’ and ‘Lucifer.’

“It’s style geek heaven — not a lot of procedural police dramas in there,” he says. “No lawyers!”

If there’s a high-profile fashion enterprise — whether or not or not it is on TV or throughout the movies (“Aquaman”) — chances are high excessive that McTavish is worried. He’s presently pulling double duty as Father Kinley on Season 4 of “Lucifer” (which moved from Fox to Netflix) and on AMC’s fantasy Western “Preacher,” returning for its fourth and supreme season Aug. 4. McTavish is once more as a result of the Saint of Killers, a supernatural bounty hunter/cowboy summoned from hell to hunt the current’s titular preacher, Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper).

McTavish teases a “shocking” end for the Saint of Killers which are true to the comic e-book sequence on which “Preacher” depends.

“If anyone has read the comics it is … highly faithful [to them],” McTavish says. “I was very particular about that. As a fan of the comic, I felt it was extremely important that they translate it to the screen. Without giving it away, it is genuinely shocking.”

How 'Preacher' star Graham McTavish became a genre-hopping TV fixture
Graham McTavish as Dougal MacKenzie in Season 1 of “Outlander.”Ed Miller / Starz / Everett Collection

Saint of Killers aside, although McTavish’s Dougal MacKenzie was solely on “Outlander” for its first two seasons — Dougal was killed by his private nephew, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) — McTavish says that’s the perform for which he’s most often acknowledged.

“It’s an extraordinary thing. ‘Outlander’ just has a long-term effect and it just keeps growing,” he says of the sequence, now in manufacturing on its fifth season. “So there’s just this mushrooming effect of that show. And also because unlike in ‘Preacher,’ I look [like the character]. There’s no makeup or wig. When people recognize me and tell me how it affects them, that really is the reason people go in for acting. Not necessarily for it to make you a well-known figure, but for the characters that you play to affect others.”

McTavish, who lives in New Zealand alongside along with his partner and daughters, says that displaying in so many fashion displays was not an intentional occupation different.

“I wish I could say it was planned, but it really wasn’t,” he says. “It’s all swords, sorcery [and] stopping monumental legendary creatures. It’s like I’m nonetheless 12 inside. There’s a giant a part of me — and I imagine it’s true of nearly anyone within the occasion that they’re reliable ample to admit it — that’s perpetually trapped of their childhood, in a wonderful means.

“I believe actors are given license to attach with that extra readily than others.”

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