The Boys EP Eric Kripke's Ratatouille Reason for Casting Patton Oswalt

A few days ago, we reported how Patton Oswalt (Happy! A.P. Bio) referred to his role in the second season of Amazon Prime's The Boys as being "the most fucked-up thing" he's ever filmed (and how impressive that was coming from someone who starred in Happy!). The "origin story' on how it all came together started in October 2019, when series creator and showrunner Eric Kripke tweeted thanks to Oswalt for taking on a "#SecretRole." We had a pretty lofty theory at the time that turned out to be dead wrong, as most of you well know by now. Now, Kripke is offering a little twisted insight into one of the many reasons why Oswalt was perfect for the part, which means… MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

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A look at The Boys season 2 (Image: Amazon Prime)

So why did Kripke reasons want the beloved voice of Disney and other animated characters to voice the hallucinogenic-created, "You Are So Beautiful"-singing gills of The Deep (Chase Crawford)? The joy of seeing Oswalt take (another) walk on the darker side of voice acting: "I took a certain perverse pleasure that the guy who was the lead voice in Ratatouille comes in to voice the Deep's mangina, Kripke revealed during an interview with Collider. "I mean the guy who was in The Secret Life of Pets 2, a real evergreen superstar when it comes to animated voices. The idea of him being this animated male vagina on this guy's chest, it was really hilarious to me, man."

The Boys: A Look at Season 2

A more intense, more desperate Season 2 of The Boys finds Butcher, Hughie, and the crew wanted by anything and everything with a superpower for the mess that was the first season. So what better time for our heroes to take the fight directly to Vought. Speaking of supes, it's not like Homelander (Antony Starr) has it any easier: Stormfront (Aya Cash) has her eyes on his leadership spot on The Seven- but her plans are much more "global" in nature. An even bigger "wild card" in all of this? The return of "retired" The Seven member Lamplighter (Shawn Ashmore), who ignites some painful memories and righteous anger.

The Boys Season 2 Casts Shawn Ashmore as Lamplighter; "Radio Butcher" (Image: Amazon Prime)
The Boys Season 2 Casts Shawn Ashmore as Lamplighter (Image: Amazon Prime)

The following second-season teaser picks up where things left off last time: a bloody Homelander meeting his son. From there, we have a bloody mess that finds A-Train (Jessie T. Usher) not doing so well; Homelander taking on Starlight (Erin Moriarty); Mr. Edgar (Giancarlo Esposito) stepping up his presence, The Deep (Chase Crawford) still trying to not be so shallow; a quick look at Butcher's good boy Terror, and more.

Amazon Prime Video also released a preview introducing Stormfront in all of her social media glory. In the opening scene, we get to see Vought's PR campaign making the public feel comfy about supes in the military just before the set gets a visitor, much to the chagrin of Homelander, Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott), and public relation powerhouse Ashley (Colby Minifie). But Stormfront's not just there to make a name for herself, because she's already done that. That's because Mr. Edgar just named her as the late, not-so-great Translucent's (Alex Hassell) replacement- and Homelander's not happy.

Speaking of Mr. Edgar, during "The Boys F**kin' Reunion," Kripke previewed the first three minutes of the second season opener (at around the 47:30 mark) that plans are moving forward to embed supes with the military, with the Vought CEO and Secretary of Defense Robert Singer (Jim Beaver) negotiating "collateral damage" while Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) takes care of a first-season threat.

In this clip, Butcher is reunited with the team- just in enough time to take off again to meet with a contact. To say that doesn't sit well with Hughie would be an understatement: he wants answers- and a new plan. Of course, there's no way that doesn't come across to Butcher as a challenge to his leadership. Yeah, Butcher isn't a big fan of being questioned. Following that, we see what happens post-whale impaling (yup): As The Deep mourns the loss of Lucy, he looks to convince Starlight that one day she might welcome him back on the team. Yeah, that's not gonna happen- until Stormfront steps in. Meanwhile, Homelander looks to go underground to continue the hunt:

On the side of The Boys, the series also stars Laz Alonso (The Mysteries of Laura) as second-in-command Mother's Milk, and Tomer Capon as unpredictable wild card Frenchie, a brutal warrior when who lives a life of no attachments or responsibilities. Also joining this season are Goran Visnjic, Claudia Doumit, Patton Oswalt, and a returning Malcolm Barrett.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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