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‘American Gods’ Cast Talks Bringing Politically Charged Topics To A World Of Fantasy – The Contenders Emmys Video

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Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods involves a world of deities and fantasy. But the show created by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, which recently wrapped its second season (and has been renewed for a third), has paralleled real-life politics as we see a battle between Old Gods and New Gods.

During Deadline’s recent The Contenders Emmys awards-season event, show stars Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber and Ian McShane (who also serves as executive producer) talked about the current season and how it is a vehicle for our current political landscape.

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“We’re definitely pitched as this politically relevant and current show,” Whittle said. “We need to just remember this was written in 2001 by Neil Gaiman, and it wasn’t meant to be that. At the premiere, Neil Gaiman said he would have given up all the accolades if this story just remain a fantasy.”

Whittle does acknowledge the show’s parallels to our current landscape, however.

“We touch upon sensitive important themes that are very relevant to America and around the world today,” he said, adding, “We got a great opportunity to raise awareness and to keep that conversation going with dead wives, leprechauns and the great Ian McShane.”

Said McShane to the Paramount Theater’s capacity crowd of TV Academy and guild voters: “Ethnicity was always part of the show — it was always part of Neil Gaiman’s books. What [didn’t exist] was the New Gods. It was a lucky addition. That gave Bryan and Michael a chance to expand that and made it part of the story.”

Check out the conversation in the video above.

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