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The Boys season 2 voice cameo: Behind the voice of The Deep’s gills – Polygon

Pretty much everything that happens on Amazon’s comics adaptation The Boys is outrageous — that’s par for the course when you’re writing a comedy about gun-toting vigilantes taking on fascist corporatized superheroes. But a sequence in episode 2 that involves a Scientology-esque religious cult, a potent dose of hallucinogenic drugs, and existential peril for ex-The Seven member The Deep might be the show’s pièce de résistance, thanks in large part to the voice casting.

[Ed. note: This story contains spoilers for The Boys season 2, episode 2, “Proper Preparation and Planning”]

The Boys season 2 finds The Deep reeling (heh) over his departure from Vought. Lost without heroic purpose, he exposes himself to kids at a waterpark, and is promptly hauled off to jail. A new hero, Eagle the Archer, bails him out, in order to connect Deep with a new source of hope: The Church of the Collective. According to the spiffy X-Ray notes on Amazon Prime Video, it’s a “mysterious religion in the world of The Boys, which began as a self-help group in the 1950s.” (Read: the organization’s fingerprints may be on other parts of the series’ mythology before things are all said and done.) Basically, it’s the Church of Scientology, but with more Fresca. Eagle and his guide Carol bring The Deep into their world to “help” him, and to start, they fill the spiraling supe up with psilocybin.

“Last time I did shrooms was with a PoliSci chick from Oberlin,” The Deep tells Eagle.

What happens next is gruesome and riotous in true Boys fashion. The shrooms do send The Deep into a transcendent state — one where his gills speak, and berate him for his misbehavior over the years. His talking gills are performed by none other than Patton Oswalt.

“The very first name that got pitched for the gills was Helen Mirren,” showrunner Eric Kripke tells Polygon, “but we obviously knew that that was impossible.”

Kripke says the casting came out of Oswalt’s love of the show. During season 1, he tweeted at the creator and the show’s accounts to tell them how much he loved The Boys, “And I started thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if, like, one of Pixar’s most beloved characters was also the voice of The Deep’s mangina?’”

Hollywood dreams do come true. While Chase Crawford performed his gill-talking freakout with a stand-in voice performer on set, Oswalt eventually came in to record his lines. CG artists meticulously matched his vocal patterns to the gills’ flapping arches.

“There were a lot of fascinating questions,” Kripke notes. “How much should it spit? Should the gills all be moving in unison, or should they be saying different things at different times? Talking about a talking mangina is all very complicated.”

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‘The Voice’ Alum Jordan Pruitt Calls Lea Michele ‘a Horrible Human Being’ – MSN Money

Open secret? Jordan Pruitt claimed that the Lea Michele controversy is common knowledge to people in the entertainment industry amid mistreatment allegations against the Glee alum.

“Everyone in Hollywood KNOWS that Lea Michele is a horrible human being …. she is a Bitch to everyone. We all know it … yawn. Moving on …” the Voice alum, 29, tweeted on Thursday, June 4.

Pruitt added that there is “much more tea where that came from … ” to which a fan encouraged her to speak out and “put people in their place.”

‘The Voice’ Alum Jordan Pruitt Calls Lea Michele 'a Horrible Human Being’
Jordan Pruitt and Lea Michele. Jim Smeal/BEI/Shutterstock; Stewart Cook/Shutterstock

“Well, I lived in LA and worked there for a LONG time,’ she replied. “I’ve seen ALOT. Comes with the territory. I’m just saying; the only thing shocking is that people are just now calling her out … bout time.”

Michele, 33, first came under fire on Monday, June 1, after her Glee costar Samantha Marie Ware slammed the “Cannonball” singer’s tweet in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISION GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET,” Ware, 28, replied. “I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU [sic] HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD ‘S–T IN MY WIG!’ AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD.”

Glee star Heather Morris followed suit, sharing her experience.  She called her former costar “unpleasant to work with.”

Michele issued a statement apologizing for her behavior via Instagram on Wednesday, June 3.

“The responses I received to what I posted have made me also focus specifically on how my own behavior towards fellow cast members was perceived by them,” she wrote. “While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that’s not really the point. What matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people.”

One day later, a source told Us Weekly that although Michele “was completely self-obsessed toward everyone,” she “did not discriminate” against people based on their race.

Dean Geyer — who portrayed Rachel Berry’s love interest Brody Weston on season 4 of Gleedefended his former costar on Thursday.

“Lea is still one of my favorite costars that I have had the pleasure of working with,” Geyer, 34, told the Daily Mail. “She is extremely hard working and super fun to be around.”

Although Pruitt criticized Michele’s workplace behavior, the pair are on similar pages in their personal lives. The Georgia native announced in April that she and her husband, Brian Fuente, are expecting their first child together. Michele, for her part, is also pregnant with her first child with her husband, Zandy Reich.

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