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10 Things You Have to Know About American Gods

American Gods is one of the most weird, entertaining, and sometimes jaw-dropping shows of 2017. The adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel, which itself is a modern classic, stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon: an ex-con who is brought into the world of old gods and Nnw by the mysterious Mr Wednesday, played by Ian McShane. Here are 10 things that you have to know about American Gods – that may come as a surprise.

10. Almost another Wednesday

Ian McShane is the perfect actor to portray the celestial con man that is Mr Wednesday, yet he wasn’t the first choice for the role. It was reported that Nicholas Cage was approached for the role. Even though Cage liked the script he was uncertain about committing to a TV show. Why do that when you can make terrible movies, and the occasional classic, in a fraction of the time?

Nicholas Cage – denofgeek.com

9. A God in Common

Ian McShane is the perfect actor to portray the celestial con man that is Mr Wednesday, yet he wasn’t the first choice for the role. It was reported that Nicholas Cage was approached for the role. Even though Cage liked the script he was uncertain about committing to a TV show. Why do that when you can make terrible movies, and the occasional classic, in a fraction of the time?

Orlando Jones – taddlr.com

8. Laura Moon: Girl, Interrupted

One of American Gods greatest achievements in its first season is the story of Laura Moon. Played by Emily Browning, Laura’s journey from spiritually dead, to actually dead, to undead, is greatly expanded for the show. Her backstory, and hilariously poignant road trip with Mad Sweeney, are the show’s inventions, making Laura one of the most complex characters in a show full of them.

Emily Browning as Laura Moon – americangods.wikia

7. Second time is (another) charm

American Gods is actually the second time Ian McShane has appeared in an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s work. He doesn’t just rock a light gold coat as Mr Wednesday in Gaiman’s literary canon: he also provides the voice of Mr Bobinsky in the stop-motion animated film Coraline, directed by Henry Sellick.

Mr Bobinsky from Coraline – villains.wikia.com

6. The Fullerverse

If you’re a fan of Bryan Fuller’s work on American Gods you should check out his other adaptation of a classic work of genre fiction: Hannibal. Don’t just stop there – Fuller has been making original, if unappreciated shows for over 15 years. Shows like Pushing Daises, Dead Like Me, and Wondefalls all showcase Fuller’s distinctive voice, and will provide prime viewing (and plenty of opportunity to look for crossover) as you wait for season two of American Gods.

The cast of Pushing Daisies – tvguide.com

5. The kindness of strange fans

Gillian Anderson was an inspired choice when she was cast as the New God Media. What is really interesting is that both Neil Gaiman and Bryan Fuller felt she would be perfect for the show for the exact same reason. That reason: Anderson’s starring role in the stage production of A Streetcar Named Desire. While Fuller had already worked with Anderson on Hannibal, it was this performance that clinched the role for her. Two days after she was finished with Streetcar she was filming the show in Toronto.

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar named Desire – Vanity Fair

4. Development Hell

Just like Neil Gaiman’s other master work, The Sandman comic series, the adaptation of American Gods had been in development hell for years. With many writers and producers deeming the novel unfilmable as a movie, HBO, along with producer Tom Hanks, tried to make it into a series but failed due to budgetary concerns. The project found new life at Starz and Gaiman’s classic story is finally on the small screen.

Tom Hanks – biography.com

3.  I Love Lucy

Gillian Anderson’s Media makes a memorable introduction to the show when she appears to Shadow as Lucy from classic sitcom, I Love Lucy. This isn’t her only appearance as Lucille Ball in the show, as there are magazine covers, and photographs that feature her. These pictures are not originally from the show, but were taken in the early 90’s for a magazine shoot. The fact that Anderson hasn’t seemed to age since then is because she really is Media. It’s possible.

Gillian Anderson – Vulture

2. Beautiful Friendships

Gillian Anderson isn’t the only actor to appear in American Gods who has worked with Bryan Fuller in the past. Kristen Chenoweth, who plays the hugely important character of Easter in the show, worked with Fuller on Pushing Daises: for which she won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress.

Kristin Chenoweth – TVGuide.com

1.New Gods

One of the show’s original creations was the old God Vulcan, played by Corben Bernsen. The character is a mixture of the Roman God Vulcan and the 56-foot-tall cast-iron statue of Vulcan that overlooks the city on Red Mountain.

Corben Bernsen – Deadline
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