The Boys‘ primary antagonist, Homelander, played by Antony Starr in a manner many have dubbed spine-chilling, is undoubtedly one of the most memorable parts of the Prime Video series. The show, known for its satirical take on clichéd superhero tropes, presents the sadistic leader of The Seven as a parody of Superman.
Homelander’s essence makes him an antithesis to the attributes often associated with cape-donning superheroes, ever-ready to save the world.
Among the instances that underscore the supervillain’s inherent cruelty and depravity, one involved the character pushing his biological son off the roof. Although a comically construed scene, it evidences Homelander’s diabolical disposition. Not only is the darkly humorous moment well-celebrated among fans, but it is also Starr’s stand-out moment from the show.
The actor’s revelation was especially amusing because he stated that he “enjoyed” committing to the scene and jokingly questioned fellow parents if they hadn’t considered doing the same at some point in time.
This admission has reaffirmed the long-standing fan belief that the actor was born to play Homelander!
Antony Starr Enjoyed Pushing A Kid Off The Roof As Homelander
We all remember this Season 2 scene. Homelander, desperate to see his newfound son fly, uses his appalling parenting skills and forces Ryan off the roof. We see the poor, unwilling child land on the ground face-first, squeaking for his life as his father sighs and looks away in disappointment. This scene is a prime illustration of how The Boys flawlessly extracts humor from awkward, embarrassing, and uncomfortable situations.
Homelander’s stone-cold apathy during such scenarios can’t help audiences stifle a laugh.
It’s no wonder even Antony Starr, the man behind the magnetic portrayal, considers this scene a stand-out moment on the show. Making an appearance at the fan convention For The Love Of Sci-Fi, Starr partook in a Q&A alongside The Boys co-stars Laz Alonso (who plays M. M.) and Chace Crawford (who plays The Deep).
One of the questions asked wanted to know which moments from the show stood out to Starr. Following was his priceless reply:
“Definitely enjoyed pushing the kid off the roof … What? How many of you are parents? F—k you if you think you haven’t thought about it at least once—pushing your kid off the f—king roof!”
The Banshee alum jokingly concluded his statement by affirming, “He was fine. It was good parenting!” The actor’s bizarre assertion, a lighthearted emulation of his character’s mentality, led many fans to claim that Antony Starr was destined to play Homelander.
The actor has discussed this unusually humorous sequence on multiple occasions. Previously, Starr admitted that the moment with the antagonist throwing his kid off the roof compelled him to laugh out loud.
Antony Starr Initially Didn’t Expect The Scene To Be Funny
A year back, the cast of The Boys dissected some of the show’s most memorable moments in a GQ video. Unsurprisingly, the falling-off-the-roof scene was brought up. Among the outrageous acts Homelander has committed throughout the show’s three seasons, pushing his son off a roof feels tame in comparison. However, the juxtaposition of Ryan’s childish helplessness with Homelander’s failed attempts at parenting presents a hilariously unforgettable scene.
At the time of filming, however, Antony Starr couldn’t “compute” the comedic significance of the sequence:
“Most of the things I do, it’s never … practical. It’s like lasering the plane; it’s like green around you … Then I see it, ‘Oh, that looks great.’ And that was the case with this [roof scene]. It didn’t compute.”
Antony Starr could finally appreciate the sequence when it had gone through post-production, and he could perceive the final result. The use of an additional sound effect caused him to crack up.
“I saw it when it was finally done, and I burst out laughing. The thing that really made it for me was [Ryan’s] little squeal as he flies off … I was crying, laughing at that.”
The scene’s abruptness caught most viewers off-guard as it comes after a seemingly wholesome exchange where Homelander gets called “dad.” That this is Antony Star’s stand-out moment from the show makes sense; it certainly is for many other people, too.
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