NYCC 2018 The Boys Trailer and Panel
Attendees of 2018 New York Comic-Con were not prepared for the great surprise awaiting them when they settled in for the panel of the upcoming Amazon series, The Boys. Joining the cast of the already anticipated show is none other than the inspiration for the main character Hughie, Simon Pegg.
Before that tasty reveal, we were introduced to our panelists: Executive Producers Evan Goldberg (Preacher) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural), and stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Laz Alonso, Karen Fukuhara, Erin Moriarty, Antony Starr, and Chase Crawford. For those unfamiliar with the Garth Ennis comic, The Boys is set in a world where superheroes are real, and they are essentially corrupted by their own massive fame. They are represented by a PR company called Vought to maintain an image of purity, but there real behavior is less than savory. The titular “Boys” are a vigilante group dedicated to exposing the “supes” for what they really are: elitist jerks.
With that setup, the panelists were divided into sides, with the Boys on one side and the Supes on the other. What followed was a volley of playful barbs from each side about why their side is better. At one point, Urban describes his character Butcher’s motivations.
“Butcher knows that they are not only corrupt but deviant, and they represent themselves to be something that they are complete not, they are despicable, and Butcher is out for revenge.”
Attention then turned to Starr, who plays Homelander, the leader of the Supes, as he replies to Urban.
“No I don’t see my character as a corrupt deviant at all. I think that side of the panel is jealous and this side is the winners,” joked Starr. “As in life there are winners and there are…other people.”
After watching a short clip, which showed Butcher and Quaid’s character Hughie comically preparing for an espionage mission, Quaid was asked what it was like taking on the lead role. Particularly because the character in the comics was specifically drawn to look like Simon Pegg, and fans over the years hoped for an adaptation of The Boys which featured Pegg in the role.
“I’ve never been more insecure in my life that I wasn’t Simon Pegg. That’s a fear I never thought I would have,” Quaid remarks. “I don’t know, let’s just ask him. Hey, Simon?”
It was at this point that Pegg took the stage and sent the hall into a frenzy. When things finally quieted down, Pegg made his opening remarks. “I am here for two reasons: firstly to endorse this beautiful young boy here, Jack Quaid, as the one, true Hughie, and to also let you know that I will also be appearing in The Boys as the only role that I can possible play, Hughie’s father.”
With that, Pegg officially silences all detractors that were hesitant to accept a Hughie played by someone other than himself. In the process, he’s now made us excited to see him take the screen as a part of The Boys family. Though Urban questions Pegg’s motives behind accepting the role.
“The real reason that Simon is in Boys is because we have a competition between us of who can be in the most franchises,” Urban remarked to a chorus of laughter. “He made a big thing about being in Star Wars after starring together in Star Trek, and I’m like ‘hey I’m going to be in The Boys‘ and he’s like ‘…me too’.”
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