Over the weekend, Los Angeles Comic Con kicked off an amazing event filled with exciting panels and celebrity appearances. One of the main events was a panel featuring cast members from the extremely popular Amazon Studios show, The Boys. In attendance was Laz Alonso (Mother’s Milk), Karen Fukuhara (Kimiko), and Tomer Capone (Frenchie). The panel was moderated by the hilarious Stephen Kramer Glickman from Big Time Rush surprisingly enough.
Glickman opened the panel up by asking the cast members what their auditions were like, to which Tomer responded with a story of how he was “almost shot in the face.”
Filming his audition in Israel, he was out on the street waving around a fake gun and yelling in French. Definitely not a good look from the outside. Someone must have seen him out their window and called Israeli Special Forces to the scene. “Luckily they recognized me, as an actor,” Capone laughed.
Karen Fukuhara found her audition to be very confusing since her character had no dialogue and didn’t show up until the second episode of the season. It wasn’t until she got to work with the showrunners that she really started to understand and connect with Kimiko and develop her into more than just the silent, badass archetype she’s known to play.
Laz Alonso talked about how he was tired of doing broadcast television shows due to their PG ratings. Over a year had gone by without any auditions since Alonso was looking for roles that were gritty, mature, and from a show that he would love to watch as a fan. Then he landed the role of Mother’s Milk where “Now, I get to swear every f***ing day!”
When asked about what life was like behind the scenes, Tomer revealed that since Season 1, he has gotten the entire cast and crew addicted to playing backgammon. “We have tournaments on set all the time.” says Tomer. Apparently Karen Fukuhara has become quite the backgammon fiend and wins constantly, much to Laz’s frustration. “I’ve seen Karl [Urban] flip that table a couple times!” Laz exclaimed.
Alonso also shared how originally, Mother’s Milk was never supposed to fight Love Sausage. It wasn’t until he played a practical joke on Karl Urban that the scene had been rewritten that poor Alonso wound up in a sticky situation. “That’s how much power [Karl] has!” Laz said “He literally had them rewrite the scene so that I would get covered in bodily fluids just to get back at me!”
One of the biggest things about being apart of the show and behind the scenes is that the cast is always shocked by what they’re are getting away with on the show. From the violence and grotesque sex scenes (yes, the cast had to bring up The Deep and his octopus friend), the trio marveled at how mind blowing their jobs are. Stephen Glickman recalled watching the scene when Butcher and The Boys rammed their boat into the side of a beached whale from Season 2.
“We’re working on Season 4 right now, and while we can’t say anything specific, just know that this season will have way crazier moments than the whale scene. It’s going to get weird!” Tomer promised the enormous crowd that had gathered at the Main Stage. Fukuhara also teased a possible musical number for the upcoming season, saying that the dance choreographer for the big hospital musical scene is cooking up something special.
What could possibly have bigger shock value than crawling out of a whale that was just impaled? Or crazier than Mother’s Milk vs Love Sausage? Guess we will have to wait and see when The Boys returns for their 4th Season in 2023. Luckily we have the recently revealed spin off show, Gen V, to fill the time in between seasons.
Even when I was just a young kid I had always been fascinated in film and the work that goes into them. I love animation, blockbuster hits, indie films and everything in between. Some day I’ll have the privilege of being apart of the filmmaking process.