As the homelander in Amazon Prime’s The Boys, Antony Starr epitomizes the old adage “never meet your heroes.” In a show that worships superheroes with fame, Homelander is viewed by the masses as a patriotic Boy Scout (with the powers of Superman). However, when the cameras aren’t rolling, Homelander is a narcissistic mass murderer with mommy issues. As Starr told GQ, the character’s inherent duality drew him to the role. “I really love turning that on its head and exploring the clutter of what’s arguably a more realistic version of superheroes,” said the New Zealand native.
Some have wondered if Starr’s acclaimed performance as Homelander was rooted in any off-screen reality. As one Twitter user noted, “This man is too good at his job to be 100% acting.” Starr himself admitted that some of his off-screen behavior may have spilled over unintentionally. As he told Inverse of Homelander’s trademark Death Gaze, “I have no idea it’s happening… Maybe I need to take control of this because I’m often misunderstood in real life.”
Unfortunately, a thousand-foot gaze isn’t the only thing some have identified in both Starr, the person, and Homelander, the character. After a clash with the law in Spain in March, many wondered just how much of the actor was in his fictional supervillain.
Antony Starr’s argument reportedly turned bloody in a pub in Spain
Antony Starr’s trip to Spain in 2022 was a little more action-packed than expected. In February, Deadline reported that Starr was in Spain’s holiday city of Alicante to film an action film directed by Guy Ritchie, and the ‘The Boys’ star seemed to be having a little too much fun. On March 2, Starr was arrested on suspicion of injuring a 21-year-old chef at a local pub, according to the Daily Mail. Chef Bathuel Araujo told local outlet Información (via the Mail) that he’d asked Starr to curb his “very drunk” behavior after it bothered him — a suggestion Starr reportedly didn’t approve. Starr reportedly punched Araujo twice in the face and threw a glass at him. “After he hit me, I felt dizzy and then he hit me on his left eyebrow with the glass,” Araujo claimed. The chef also reportedly received four stitches for the glass-inflicted injury. Oops!
Starr spent two nights in police custody, according to a spokesman for Spain’s National Police, and pleaded guilty to assaulting charges in an Alicante court and received a 12-month jail sentence. In Spain, however, prison sentences of less than two years are suspended if the perpetrator does not have a criminal record, as was the case with Starr. (That is, as long as he paid his court-ordered fine of $5,464.97 within 72 hours.)
And considering Starr was taking tourist boat selfies along the Costa Blanca coast just a day before his arrest…
Antony Starr’s arrest didn’t change his co-stars’ opinions of him
Unlike Homelander, Antony Starr owns up to his mistakes. In a New York Times profile in late May, Starr broke his silence on his March conviction in Spain. Without denying the allegations published in the media, Starr said: “I put myself in a negative situation and reacted badly and the way forward was very clear. It was really easy to take ownership of what I’m doing and then really learn from it and move forward.”
To Starr’s credit, you’ll have a hard time finding a colleague who could say a single bad word about the man. Erin Moriarity, who portrays Homelander’s nemesis Starlight in The Boys, is often tormented by Starr’s character on screen. Off screen, however, Moriarity told The Times it wasn’t hard to “shake it off at the end of the day”. “It definitely helps that Antony is not only professionally human, but also so different from Homelander and so kind and so funny,” she said, adding that “there isn’t a world where I feel uncomfortable or insecure.” would feel,” she continued working with Starr.
In fact, Starr’s biggest sin on the set of The Boys may have to do with being on time. When asked during a Who’s Who game hosted by BuzzFeed Celeb, Starr’s castmates called him “most likely late to set with a cup of coffee.” Starr took the joking jab in stride, quipping at the time, “I would be; I plan to be late every day.”