The Boys are back.
“I found out about season three via an email. I found out about season two when I was doing a photoshoot in LA,” recalled Jack Quaid, aka Hugh “Hughie” Campbell on Amazon Prime Video’s hit show. “I’m wearing like shoes which they had told me not to walk in because they were fancy and they didn’t want any scruffs or scrapes on them. I was posing on the street, sitting on a little wall or something, and all of a sudden, I hear this voice scream, Jack! Jack!’ Erin (Moriarty), who coincidentally lived on that street, drove by and started yelling at me that we had a season two. I had no idea at that point.”
“I immediately run up to her in the shoes that everyone is telling me not to run in, and they are freaking out. Honestly, that was just the best way to find out. My girlfriend was there too, so we just all found out at the same time.”
Newcomer Aya Cash added, “I knew there was going to be a season two before you guys because the suits take such a long time to make, it takes months to create a super suit, so they had to hire the actress before they actually had the show picked up for another run.”
“When you start getting texts from fellow actors saying, ‘Hey, I’m auditioning for season two of your show,’ and we hadn’t been told there was going to be a season two, you kind of get a clue,” said Laz Alonso aka Mother’s Milk. “You’re like, ‘Okay, something’s cooking.’ It feels good.”
Another headline cast member was quietly confident.
“I recollect that very early on in season one, there were very high indications that we were going for a season two because they have to activate the writers’ room six months before they shoot the show,” explained Karl Urban. He returns as the leader of The Boys, Billy Butcher. “We found out that the writers’ room was activated while we were actually finishing off season one. To me, it was a case of rationally thinking they’re not going to spend the kind of money they were to put out one season if they were planning to leave it there. It was pretty clear when we were working on it that we were onto something pretty special.”
Part of Butcher’s appeal is his cussing.
“A lot of it is scripted, but obviously, I look for any and every opportunity to inject more profanity into it,” Urban laughed. “That vulgarity is just a reflection of the character, and in a way, I sort of feel that it’s very humanizing of Butcher. He’s one of those who dare to do and say what we normally don’t do or say in real life. Season two really pushes the envelope for all the characters.”
Season two of The Boys premieres on Prime Video on Friday, September 4, 2020. Rather than dropping all at once, the second season debuts with the first three episodes in the eight-episode run. A new one will land each Friday through Friday, October 9, 2020. With a third season already greenlit, would the cast be open to seeing a feature-length outing?
“I already pitched it,” Tomer Kapon, aka Frenchie, confirmed. “I had an idea, and I pitched it. I’d be down for that.”
However, Anthony Starr, who plays Homelander, isn’t so sure.
“To be honest, I’m hesitant about TV shows that do movies. I haven’t seen many pay off. One of my favorite shows of all time is Deadwood. Ian McShane is so f***ing good on that show.”
“I was disappointed with the Deadwood movie because, in long-form storytelling, you build relationships with not just the leads, but all the wonderful smaller characters. The structure of one and a half hours to two hours, as opposed to ten hours, is that you have to pick the narrative, and certain characters are going to fall off. I understand why they made their choices, but I wanted to spend more time with the characters that I spent three seasons of the show growing to love and bonding with. I’d be very careful about doing that.”
Meanwhile, Quaid mused, “The old six seasons and movie, huh? I like how we are doling out these episodes because the first three feel like a very long movie contained in itself. I’m glad that that’s the first thing people are going to see. I’d be down to do anything.”
“Maybe we could do a musical episode? We’ll do a full ensemble performance.”
Alonso added, “It’d be easy for my character, Mother’s Milk, cuz he’s a Harlem guy. He’d be rapping his lines anyway. So he would take the easy way out.”
Starr, once again, wasn’t convinced.
“I think that would be Jack Quaid’s episode. Featuring, starring, written by, played by Jack. I don’t know. I’m not sure,” he said. “The fans may revolt if it turned into a musical, but you know, there might be a stage play in there? The Boys on Broadway?”
“I think that’s a terrible idea,” Urban concluded. “It happens when they’ve run out of ideas, usually around season seven. No, we won’t be doing that.”
Season two of The Boys kicks off on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, September 4, 2020.