When The Boys returns to Amazon Prime Video for the already acclaimed Season 2, audiences are going to see a completely different Billy Butcher, in that he'll now be extremely sensitive to women, he'll agree with everything Hughie says, and he won't call people "cunts" all day long. Ha, just kidding! As if Karl Urban would allow such madness to occur. No, fans will definitely get to enjoy the same ol' brash and lovable Butcher in Season 2, and Urban is as pumped as anyone for the character's return.
CinemaBlend spoke with The Boys' Karl Urban and Laz Alonso ahead of Season 2's debut, and before we got into the nitty-gritty from those first three episodes – stay tuned for more exclusives on Friday and beyond – I asked Urban about being so beloved for playing a Grade-A asshole character like Billy Butcher. Here's what he told me:
I think most viewers would agree that Butcher is known for doing and saying things that most other people wouldn't, for better and often for worse. Being so dastardly and cavalier is precisely part of the reason why Karl Urban is so fond of portraying the comic book character. And by all means, Butcher would still be wonderfully enjoyable as a hate-to-love-him character even if his give-zero-fucks attitude was all there was to him. Thankfully, though, Butcher is also a 100% badass when he taps into the "monster" that lurks beneath his gritty surface, whether it involves smashing some rube's face into a sink, or driving a boat into the middle of a living whale (as teased in the Season 2 trailers).
Of course, for as much as Butcher likes to live as if he's at the center of the universe, his journey in Season 2 will tap into his history in a way that gives viewers more insight into why he is like he is. Plus, Butcher's brain is obviously working quite differently when the new episodes start up, as he now knows that his thought-dead wife Becca is out there in the world and raising a child with ostensibly his worst enemy. (If there's ever a reason to be an asshole, amirite?) Here's how Karl Urban put it:
Kudos to anyone who assumes that the choices Butcher will make are going to ruffle some feathers with Homelander and Vought International, and maybe even Becca herself. Not to mention Hughie, Mother's Milk and the rest of The Boys. I mean, is Butcher even capable of doing something without riling others up? (Beyond his loyal pup, that is.)
To that end, I had to ask The Boys' Laz Alonso about why his character Mother's Milk has continued to find value in Butcher's antics, and why their partnership has lasted as long as it has. Here's what Alonso had to say:
There are definitely moments during The Boys episodes (from both seasons) when Karl Urban and Laz Alonso will share a look that speaks volumes about the years that their characters have been pulling missions together. Whether it's Butcher's sheepish glare saying, "Yeah, all right, I'm getting out of line," or it's M.M.'s disappointedly optimistic look saying, "I know you're going to do the thing that literally everyone agrees you shouldn't do." Real friends are hard to have sometimes, not that I know what it's like to be friends with someone like Butcher. Frenchie, maybe.
I know it's not going to happen, but I'd love to see a full flashback episode of Butcher and Mother's Milk cementing their friendship outside of life-threatening adventures, to even better justify M.M. putting up with that dude's bullshit on a daily basis. When he's not just leaving everyone high and dry, that is. Oh, what am I saying, come here, Butcher, you old so-and-so, so we can pound chests and parentally glower at Hughie.
The Boys will bring Butcher and M.M.'s diabolical friendship back to fans when Season 2 debuts on Amazon Prime Video (opens in new tab) on Friday, September 4, at 3:01 a.m. ET. To see what other new and returning shows are on the way, head to our Fall 2020 TV premiere schedule.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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