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Russell Crowe Almost Landed The Role of Billy Butcher in Amazon’s ‘The Boys’

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Russell Crowe making selfies at The Nice Guys' photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2016 in Cannes . - Image (Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com)

Key Takeaways:

– The Boys comic almost had a film adaptation by director .
– Big names like Russell Crowe and Simon Pegg were being considered for leading roles.
– The was eventually dropped by Columbia Pictures due to creative differences.
's Prime Video adapted the comic series into a successful show.

There's no doubt that superheroes have all the attention right now, but The Boys, a satirical take on the genre, hit the screens at just the right time. The Boys, with its controversial, uncensored storyline, challenged the widespread superhero fatigue and gave audiences something unconventional to experience.

The Near-Existence of The Boys Movie

What would it have been like if one of the darkest, most unsanitized comic series, The Boys, had been brought to as a feature film? How would the legendary Russell Crowe have pulled off the character of Billy Butcher? That's something we can only speculate about. This dream of adapting the violent, edgy comic series into a movie was nurtured by writer and director Adam McKay. He, of Anchorman fame, was driven to explore the potential of unconventional comic narratives.

The concept of such an adaptation began forming in 2008, with McKay joining forces with scriptwriters Matt Manfredi, Phil Hay, and Seth Rogen in the following year. In 2010, McKay proposed filming the adaptation in 3-D, adding a new dimension to this unraveled tale. However, things took a in 2012 when due to creative issues, Columbia Pictures pulled the plug on the project.

Adam McKay's Dream of The Boys

Despite the project being in various stages of between 2008 and the mid-2010s, McKay's vision for The Boys never came to fruition. The film, with a budget of $100 million, was conceived amidst the superhero wave engulfing the movie industry. McKay might have hinted at the obstacles this produced, commenting on the project being a “$100 million, Rated –R, anti-superhero” venture.

Big names floated around for the main roles. In an interview, McKay expressed his enthusiasm at having Russell Crowe play Billy Butcher. He also suggested Simon Pegg for the role of Wee Hughie, as the closely resembled the character.

A New Chapter: The Boys on Prime Video

The Boys was finally adapted by Amazon's streaming platform, Prime Video, seven years after the film concept was abandoned. Two stars from the McKay era were brought back aboard: Seth Rogen as an executive and Simon Pegg to play Hughie's father.

As we dive into The Boys' penultimate season, we can't help but imagine how Russell Crowe could have delivered Billy Butcher's character. The character's legacy has been well and truly established by Karl Urban's witty and fearless portrayal.

With Season 4 of The Boys now streaming on Prime Video and a fifth season in the pipeline set to be the show's final destination, the series has come a long way from its early vision of a film adaptation. However, the legacy of that ambitious vision has undoubtedly contributed to its impact and appeal. We can only dream of what might have been, but The Boys continues to shine brilliantly nonetheless, reminding us of the boundless possibilities of human imagination.



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