Preacher Pilot Sports An Amazing Cameo

The pilot episode of AMC’s “Preacher” premiered at SXSW the other day to some truly gushingly positive reviews, but one of the most talked about elements was a very short surprise cameo that people can’t stop talking about.


Like the comic, the series has Texas preacher Jesse Custer (played by Dominic Cooper) becoming possessed by a supernatural entity named Genesis who grants him unnatural power – the possession itself causing his church and congregation to explode in the process.

EW reports that the pilot has a twist – turns out before he gets to Jesse, the entity goes around the world possessing various preachers while they practice their faith – but their bodies can’t handle it and so they violently explode.

This is shown in a montage, a montage that includes none other than Tom Cruise standing outside a Scientologist church. He explodes as well. Producer Evan Goldberg tells the mag: “It’s amazing, no one said anything! We kept waiting for somebody to say ‘no’ and now it’s too late.”

You’ll get to see it for yourself when “Preacher” premieres May 22nd.