Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's No More Mr Nice Guy for Gossip Girl's Chace

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It's No More Mr Nice Guy for Gossip Girl's Chace

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Gossip Girl actor Chace Crawford tells KERRI-ANN ROPER everything we need to know about violent superhero drama, The Boys, on Amazon Prime

SAY the name Chace Crawford and the first image that pops into your head is of him as the (mostly) squeaky-clean Nathaniel Archibald from Gossip Girl.

He played the Upper East Side heart-throb from 2007 to 2012, and devotees of the American series adored his golden boy character.

But Gossip Girl fans be warned, because his latest role is the polar opposite of Mr Nice Guy Nate.

The 33-year-old Texan actor is one of a string of big names starring in Amazon's latest original production, The Boys.

ON SCREEN Based on the comic book series of the same name, the drama is executiveproduced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, whose writing work includes Superbad and Preacher.

"It's rare that a project comes across that I instantly want to do," says Chace - whose character is called The Deep - during a visit to London to promote the series.

"You see Amazon, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg - they did Preacher and I loved Preacher - and I read the script for this and I was like, 'I'm in!"' It's difficult to reconcile the engaging, funny and very charming person sitting in front of you with his new on-screen bad boy persona.

Fans of the comics will know the tone is edgy and the humour dark, and the Amazon series, developed by Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, stays true to that ethos.

The Boys is a world of superheroes gone bad.

Idolised as celebrities for their powers, The Seven, as they are known, are squeaky clean to the public, but behind closed doors it's a different story.

Enter The Boys, spearheaded by Karl Urban (who plays Billy Butcher) and The Hunger Games star Jack Quaid as Hughie Campbell, who are hell-bent on exposing The Seven and their hypocrisy.

"They are flawed," Chace says of The Seven, "I don't know if people actually like to see the anti-hero, but the reason they are the anti-hero is because they are human. …

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