Before the release of Amazon PrimeVideo’s hit superhero parody ‘The Boys’, the studio sent certain members of the press (not me!) a very special promotional item– a calendar featuring Chace Crawford‘s arrogant amphibian hero The Deep. While it looks as though the whole thing is hilariously cheesy, there was one image that got the internet buzzing.
Is that an eel in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
Crawford has remained mum on the scandalous image, but he has finally broken his silence. Well, kind of. Don’t expect any real dirt, as it seems Crawford was a little too embarrassed to offer any real details.
Between laughs, he told Entertainment Weekly:
“There is a story behind that but I’m sworn to secrecy by [showrunner] Eric Kripke. I’m sworn to secrecy. I wish I could give you a good answer but we’ll never know. It will forever remain a mystery. We will never know! [groans] Oh my god!
“I thought it was so funny, but I don’t think anyone got a bigger kick out of it than Eric Kripke. He thought it was the funniest thing in the world. Oh god. It was probably a little bit overcovered but I was like, ‘Whatever The Deep can do for you guys to get some press, you know I’m ready to support the show!’ That was one I had to explain to a few people. I got a lot of weird DMs in my inbox. A lot of love, a lot of love!”
Crawford states that he wasn’t even given a copy of the calendar in advance, and was not aware that it would only feature The Deep.
“I remember late in the season last year, we were doing a big Amazon promotional shoot. We were all there on set doing group shots. They pulled me over to a green screen and told me, ‘We’re doing calendars.’ I’m thinking, okay, everyone’s got a calendar. That’s great! But no. It was just me!
“They showed me one of the months and I’m like, ‘Cool.’ But then I’m flipping through and I’m like, ‘Wait… I’m in every one of these. It’s just me. Well… s—t,’ I died laughing. It’s obviously in character and it’s amazingly cheesy and really funny. We really went for it.”
“They had this prop jar and I was just grabbing props and doing silly stuff, like holding a rose and turning over my shoulder. I knew it was going to be ridiculous but I got the calendar fake-out. I really thought it was the whole crew, the whole team! Thanks, guys! And when I was at Comic-Con they just had like 40 of them. I was like, ‘Okay, no one’s ever going to really see these.’ Little did I know… yeah. Yup.”
Here are a couple more images from The Deep’s calendar.
‘The Boys’ has already been renewed for a second season. All Crawford could say about that was:
“What I can say is, I remember walking on to one of the sets on the first episode and it feels like there’s maybe a lot more money behind this. There’s a lot more detail and the props guys went all out. It’s amazing. The scope of it just feels bigger. It’s been quite a ride. We’ve got some new characters and the writing is just incredible.”
Season 1 of ‘The Boys’ is available to binge on Amazon Prime Video.