Antony Starr is one of the most famous TV actors in the world. He started his career back in the early 90s with a role in the prime time soap opera Shortland Street. Despite being in the industry for so long, he had to wait until 2013 what his first role in an American TV series. Starr’s most famous role came in 2018 when he was cast as the antagonist The Homelander in the superhero series The Boys.
Despite The Boys being the most famous project he was a part of, Antony Star has opened up about how he was tempted by the dark side of the cult show, Banshee which was his first-ever American TV project.
Antony Starr opens up about Banshee
Banshee revolves around an ex-con who assumes the identity of a murdered cop in the fictional town of Banshee. Speaking about being tempted to do the show, Antony Taylor suggests that the show gives the audience a safer option to dive into the worlds they have no idea about. He said (Via IMDB)
“We all like going to the dark side of things; we all like dipping into worlds that we don’t know anything about, or hopefully don’t know anything about. I think ‘Banshee’ gives people a chance to do that pretty safely because we all know there’s a solid buffer between the show and reality.”
Antony Starr wasn’t keen on doing The Boys
In an interview with Metro, Antony Starr revealed that when he was offered the opportunity to audition for the role in The Boys, he wasn’t keen on accepting it. Interestingly, the actor revealed that he auditioned for the role out of spite for his team. He said:
“They were hassling so I sat in my dressing room, picked a spot on my iPad, and filmed this audition almost out of spite for my reps.”
Despite trying to sabotage his audition, the makers of the show ended up loving the clip sent in by Starr who later started to like the role. He said:
“Then it got to Eric and [my reps] said, ‘They loved it!’ which was surprising. Then I thought I’d better actually read it. I read it and realized this is actually really good and worth putting some energy into.”
Antony Starr has had a life-changing rise to fame as a result of his role in The Boys and its safe to say that he would’ve regretted not doing the role.