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.