Many comic books have passionate devotees, but Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman Has swivel eye fanatics. Whoever tries to make a movie adaptation is doomed. Yet Asim Chaudhry, who plays Abel in Netflix’s lavish new ten-part take on the fantasy saga, had an important factor in his favour. “When they announced it on Twitter, everyone was, like, ‘Oh my God, he looks just like Abel from the comics,’ ” says Chaudhry, who is best known as the shameless, deluded wheeler-dealer Chabuddy G inPeople do nothing, the Bafta-winning pirateradio mockumentary series.
He really does — the moon face, Friar Tuck beard and pleading eyes are all shared with Gaiman’s biblically inspired Abel, who is killed over and over again by his brother, Cain, played in the