With the oversaturation of superheroes on TV shows and in the movies, Amazon’s The Boys stood out because it completely flipped the script (and wasn’t Marvel or DC) by asking: what if the heroes were actually the villains? The superhero elite known as The Seven was revealed to be a most diabolical group of people, and the same might be said for the marketing team that gave the world Chace Crawford's highly discussed penis bulge.
In a hilarious move, Amazon released a Boys-themed calendar, and Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford had to try and explain The Deep’s over-the-top penis bulge after fans took notice. Awkward... Chace Crawford admits he’s aware of the over-sized bulge, and he's had good laughs about it, too.
I thought it was so funny, but I don’t think anyone got a bigger kick out of it than [creator] Eric Kripke. He thought it was the funniest thing in the world. Oh god. It was probably a little bit over-covered but I was like, ‘Whatever The Deep can do for you guys to get some press, you know I’m ready to support the show!’ That was one I had to explain to a few people. I got a lot of weird DMs in my inbox. A lot of love, a lot of love!
Despite its incredibly dark tone, The Boys didn’t shy away from comedy. though like the rest of the show, the comedy got very dark. Even something as terrible as a dolphin being thrown out of a truck took on a darkly hilarious tone. It’s no surprise, then, that The Boys-themed calendar is no different.
The photos seen inside include Chace Crawford’s The Deep hilariously posing while surrounded by a badly Photoshopped ocean. However, it didn't take long for fans to start noticing the rather eel-shaped bulge in the crotch area, which seemed exaggerated for the sake of the photos.
Though Chace Crawford can joke about it now, he didn’t realize what The Boys promo team was up to until he was suddenly in front of a green screen posing for another set of pictures.
I remember late in the season last year, we were doing a big Amazon promotional shoot. We were all there on set doing group shots. They pulled me over to a green screen and told me, ‘We’re doing calendars.’ I’m thinking, okay, everyone’s got a calendar. That’s great! But no. It was just me! They showed me one of the months and I’m like, ‘Cool.’ But then I’m flipping through and I’m like, ‘Wait… I’m in every one of these. It’s just me. Well… shit. I died laughing. It’s obviously in character and it’s amazingly cheesy and really funny. We really went for it. . . . I knew it was going to be ridiculous but I got the calendar fake-out. I really thought it was the whole crew, the whole team! Thanks, guys! And when I was at Comic-Con they just had like 40 of them. I was like, ‘Okay, no one’s ever going to really see these.' Little did I know… yeah.
Though Homelander proved to be a bigger menace, Chace Crawford’s The Deep – a send-up of Aquaman – committed a slew of horrible acts as well. Near the end of The Boys Season 1, however, it seemed like he was getting a taste of his own karma. But even though he attempted to reform himself, it never seemed to work out. Instead, The Deep ended up becoming a disgrace, and it honestly makes the calendar and the hilarious bulge debacle all the more entertaining.