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Ian McShane embraces the creativity of 'American Gods': 'It’s bold, it’s brave, it’s out there'

Ian McShane embraces the creativity of 'American Gods': 'It’s bold, it’s brave, it’s out there'

Ian McShane is already considered a god to loyal fans of HBO’s “Deadwood,” but now the veteran British actor plays an actual deity in the new, supernatural Starz series “American Gods.”

“It’s the story of immigrants coming to America, and how they brought their gods with them,” he said during a recent stop at the Los Angeles Times’ video studio.

McShane plays a charismatic con artist of a god, Mr. Wednesday. He, like the other ancient immortals who walk among us in human form, came to America from such places as Africa, Egypt and Greece with immigrants who believed in their powers. But they aren’t worshiped in modern times like they used to be.

New gods such as media and...

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