Ever wonder whether there’s any more juicy details about your favorite comic book show you never knew? Here are some of The Boys’ dirty little secrets.
Toronto Forced Amazon To Edit Out A Specific Scene
Toronto is not basically known for having a history of violence. A specific scene in The Boys ended up sending a wrong message to he viewers. The image and the bad publicity Toronto would have received had the scene aired led them to vehemently oppose this scene from ever seeing the light of day. The scene involved an attack on Toronto residents. Unfortunately a real life incident mirroring the one in that particular scene in the show led to widespread backlash. Amazon was forced to edit the sequence out of the series altogether so as to not Toronto residents’ sentiments.
Hughie Is Based On Simon Pegg
Hughie, the lead character of the show, is actually based on the British Actor Simon Pegg of Star Trek and Shaun Of The Dead fame. The show even wanted the actor to play the role. But he was deemed too old to resemble Hughie. So another actor was chosen instead. Jack Quaid was the second choice. He has done a fairly good job as Hughie. We have nothing to complain.
The Show’s Actually Lot Less Graphic Than The Comic Books
Believe it or not, the comic book series is way bloodier and way more brutally intense than the live action series. Amazon had to tone down many such scenes that were extremely graphic in the comics because of censor issues. The comic books handle elements like nudity, profanity, violence, racism, sexism, and other mature themes in a broader light. The show is toned down to appeal to a wider audience. So the blood and gore you see in the show is nothing compared to the comic book source material.
The Pilot Was Supposed To Be Directed By Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are a Censor Board’s greatest nightmare come true. Their directorial works are full of scenes that can never be PG-13 rated and need multiple cuts and re-iterations. The Boys, which is full of explicit and violent scenes, would have benefitted immensely from Goldberg and Rogen’s direction. It would have been a wet dream for many of the fans to see the duo helm the pilot. They had to step back and let Dan Trachtenberg take over because of scheduling conflicts. That’s a bummer. Let’s hope they can make it to Season 3.
The Boys Showrunner Also Created Supernatural
Eric Kripke, the Showrunner of The Boys, is also the one credited for creating Supernatural for The CW. The brilliant and popular fantasy action series has multiple similarities with The Boys with most of them centered around the two shows’ characters. Fans have been wondering if Supernatural could have extended its lifespan had it been brought under the care of Amazon Prime. Eric Kripke surely would have been able to explore some A-rated themes had that been the case.
The Billy Madison Connection
There’s a certain Easter Egg in the The Boys you might have totally missed. If you are a fan of Adam Sandler movies, then you might know what we might be talking about. Jonah Vogelbaum, one of the greatest benefactors of Vought International, is seen living in a beautiful and sprawling estate. The estate was also the location where the cult classic Adam Sandler movie Billy Madison was shot. The estate is in Oshawa, Canada. Called the Parkwood Estate, it’s pristine location and features have attracted numerous studios for shooting high profile projects since decades.