Robin’s demise within the pilot is a close to recreation of the opening scene of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s authentic “The Boys” comedian, proper right down to Hughie realizing in horror that he is nonetheless holding onto Robin’s severed arms. In a comic book, characters can simply change place from panel to panel with out the phantasm of motion being damaged. In movie, although, there’s steady protection and a actuality past what the artist attracts. That is why some trickery was wanted.
The demise begins with a close-up of Hughie with the again of Robin’s head going through the digicam. Then she disappears with a zoom impact and the scene cuts to the again of Hughie’s head. It cuts again to Hughie’s face a number of seconds later earlier than the digicam does a round, 90-degree pan, revealing the blood splattering on Hughie’s face and Robin’s stays floating mid-air, all in slow-motion. You see bits of blood hitting the suitable aspect of Hughie’s face — that is what the cannon was for. Quaid recalled:
“There was a slow-motion digicam and a blood cannon actually geared toward my face. You do not see it on the opposite aspect, it is simply dudes with like a cannon with wadded-up rest room paper for the gore. And you realize, meals coloring crimson dye quantity 5, oatmeal. It simply goes proper in your face — at a excessive velocity as effectively! After which you have to change.”
Regardless of how disgusting that sounds, Quaid would not remorse the shoot: “I feel I type of preferred that … that was my second day on set, as a result of it was like, ‘Hey, welcome to the present!'” Certainly, Quaid is not the one star on “The Boys” who’s been doused with a blood cannon; Colby Minifie (Ashley) has as effectively. On a present as nihilistc, merciless, and heartless as “The Boys,” getting doused in gore is an occupational hazard.