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Antony Starr Doesn’t Want Homelander to be a Stereotypical Psycopath

BY Brandon

Published 1 month ago

Antony Starr Doesn’t Want Homelander to be a Stereotypical Psycopath

If you’ve been caught up with The Boys, you’ll know that Antony Starr has been doing a fantastic job as the main antagonist Homelander. Though we’ve had psycopaths portrayed onscreen before, Starr talks about how he’s approaching the character differently to make him feel different from previous sociopaths in pop-culture.

Talking to Rotten Tomatoes, Starr says:

“Everyone has a pretty stereotypical idea of what a psychopath is… but in terms of creating a character, it’s so limiting because we’re gonna very quickly slip into moustache-twirly territory, and I don’t want to do that…

This guy has been basically a packaged, managed can of soup his whole life—he’s always been wrangled and forced to behave a certain way. It’s such an unhealthy way to live. We create celebrities, we treat them so bizarrely in the real world, and then we get perplexed when they do things that are out of the ordinary that we disapprove of… so this is very much the trajectory of Homey this season is: It’s the natural evolution of treating someone like that.

You really have to appreciate the way that Starr really hones in on his character. While it’s very easy to say that Homelander is a crazy spoiled brat, there is something very really about the statement that celebrities are not treated like normal people, and audiences are surprised when they do something out of their expectations.

So far, Starr has been doing a pretty stellar job on the show, and he’s been one of several outstanding performances including Jensen Ackles Soldier Boy and Laz Alonso as MM.

We only have one final episode left for The Boys Season 3 and it comes out this Friday on Amazon Prime Video.

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