Tuesday, June 26, 2018

THE BOYS Casts Tomer Capon as The Frenchman

At last, The Boys are united and ready to unleash Hell.

Deadline is reporting that the upcoming Amazon series The Boys, based on the Dynamite Entertainment comic series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, has cast Tomer Capon as The Frenchman, a.k.a. Frenchie.  Capon joins Karl Urban as Billy Butcher, Karen Fukuhara as The Female, Jack Quaid as Wee Hughie, Laz Alonso as Mother's Milk, and Erin Moriarty as Starlight.

According to the article, The Frenchman is described as "the unpredictable wild card of the Boys.  A brutal warrior when the situation calls for it, he’s living a life of no attachments or responsibilities."

In a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, The Boys revolves around a group of vigilantes known informally as 'the Boys,' who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.

Capon, 32, is an Israeli actor who (as Tomer Kapon) has appeared in the films A Tale of Love and Darkness, Wedding Doll and One Week and a Day.  In addition, he's appeared in episodes of the TV series When Heroes Fly, Fullmoon, Combat Medics, Fauda, and Hostages.

Created in 2006 by Ennis and Robertson, Butcher first appeared in The Boys #2 as an unknown person who may not even be French, and was given a possible origin that may be some form of delusion.  Returning home from military service, he was welcomed by the residents of his native Franglais (who curiously refer to him as Frenchie), but soon learned that his lover Marie had taken off with his childhood rival, Pierre.  Renouncing violence, he refused to confront Pierre.  Months later, at a local festival that featured the sport of jousting on bicycles with baguettes while screaming exaggerated Maurice Chevalier impression laughter, his father challenged Pierre to restore the family's honor.  Pierre, fearing certain defeat, toppled the challenger's bicycle with a stale croissant, killing him.  

Renouncing his newfound pacifism, the Frenchman exacted his revenge on Pierre and started drifting from place to place, until he got into a bar fight with an American and was seen in action by Billy Butcher, who promptly recruited him and gave him the special chemical called Compound V that increases strength, reflexes, stamina and durability, and gives the ability to heal wounds faster than normal humans.  What was actually known about the Frenchman was that Butcher had a folder on the Frenchman's membership in the French Foreign Legion.  That, along with his characteristically British usage of the words "mum" and "wanker" and his hometown's name literally meaning "French-English," would suggest a British origin.  The only reference to the truth of the Frenchman's tale was his vow to remain with The Boys "until the bitter end."

After Butcher reassembled the anti-superhero team the Boys, the Frenchman maintained a close fondness for his teammate, the Female.  Once he was made aware of the Female's extra curricular activities worked for the mafia, he attempted to intervene by both appealing to the Female directly and threatening and intimidating one of the criminals hiring her to kill.  He took on the task of 'humanizing' her, and was the first person to have actually treated her with kindness and civility.

The Frenchman eventually lost his right arm during the group's battle with The Seven in Washington, surviving due to Vought-American medical treatment.  In The Boys #69, The Frenchman and The Female were seemingly killed when Butcher bombed The Boys' headquarters, the Flatiron building.

The Boys is expected to debut on Amazon sometime in 2019. 

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