When you step to Ricky Whittle, you best come correct. Pablo Schreiber learned that the hard way when he was filming a fight scene with his co-star Ricky Whittle for Starz’s upcoming Neil Gaiman novel adaptation American Gods. Schreiber, who plays a gigantic, surly leprechaun named Mad Sweeney, revealed during an interview at Nerdist’s Backyard Bash at SXSW that he split his head open while filming a bar fight scene opposite Whittle’s Shadow Moon during the American Gods pilot. Having seen the pilot episode and read the book, I can attest that it’s a bloody, violent affair, but now it’s even bloodier and more violent knowing that the dynamic duo accidentally went method with it.
In addition to regaling us with tales of the “hardest head in show biz,” the American Gods cast told us which of the shows dueling deities they would fear the most in real life. Many were quick to say Ian McShane’s Mr. Wednesday, but I think the one, true answer here is Yetide Badaki’s Bilquis. Anyone who has read the book will know what I’m talking about here. Plus, the cast and creators of American Gods also told us which characters they think will surprise viewers most when the show hits TV screens on April 30, 2017.American Gods premieres on Starz on April 30, 2017.
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Dan Casey is the senior editor of Nerdist and the author of books about Star Wars and the Avengers. Follow him on Twitter ( @Osteoferocious).