We knew that Starz lost Sean Harris as Mad Sweeney due to “personal reasons” last week but now ‘American Gods‘ has a new leprechaun in Pablo Schreiber (‘The Manchurian Candidate’,’Lords of Dogtown’). I am pretty stuck with mentally seeing him from Pornstache in ‘Orange Is the New Black’ so trying to see him as one of the key characters in the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s epic novel isn’t computing in my brain. Sweeney is one of the most important characters to get right when bringing him to the small screen so I’m truly hoping that Schreiber is able to pull this off.
I guess that’s why they call it acting.
Honestly with some of Schreiber’s past work we know that he can bring a full range of abilities to the screen and all joking about Pornstache aside I do feel that he can pull off a good Sweeney, even if Harris was more of how I pictured the character.
Currently, the network has the character described as “a down on his luck leprechaun, who is having a hard time understanding how he lost his charm and way” which is pretty accurate compared to the novel.
Do you think that Pablo Schriber can pull off Mad Sweeney in ‘American Gods’? What actor do you think would have been better for the role? Share your thoughts below!
American Gods has been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel. The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.
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