Antony starr life

Antony starr life

Antony starr

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Antony Starr (born 25 October 1975) is a New Zealand actor best known for his starring role in Amazon Prime Video's original series The Boys, which is based on the comic book series of the same name, playing the superhero Homelander. In his own country, he is best known for his dual role as twins Jethro and Van West in New Zealand's comedy/drama Outrageous Fortune and Billy Newwood in Without a Paddle. He was the series lead, Lucas Hood, in the four season run of Banshee.

In 2001, Starr was cast in Mercy Peak as Todd Van der Velter, a guest role that he had throughout the show's three seasons. He also received a role as the brother of long running character Waverley Wilson in the soap opera Shortland Street. He appeared for several weeks as part of the write out of the Minnie Crozier character. Starr stated he did not like the fast pace of the show and thought his performances suffered because of it.

Playing twins Van and Jethro West won Starr the 2007 Air New Zealand Screen Award for Performance by an Actor, the award for Best Actor at the Qantas Television Awards and Best Actor at the Asian TV Awards in the same year. Readers of the TV Guide also voted Starr Best Actor in the 2007 TV Guide Best on the Box People's Choice Awards. In 2005, he was named Best Actor at the inaugural Qantas Television Awards for his role in Outrageous Fortune.

During the production of the first series of Outrageous Fortune, Starr also juggled filming for Toa Fraser's debut feature, No. 2 which was released in New Zealand in early 2006. Starr's other film credits include Roger Donaldson's The World's Fastest Indian, the US comedy feature Without a Paddle and Brad McGann's feature film In My Father's Den. Between series two and three of Outrageous Fortune, Starr worked on a collaborative short film with some friends.

Starr appeared on stage in the second edition of Sex with Strangers (2005). In 2004, Starr performed in two theatre productions: Closer at Auckland's Silo TheatreFrom 2013 - 2016, Starr starred in the television series, Banshee, his first role on U.S. television. He played an unnamed ex-con who, after 15 years in prison, assumes the identity of Lucas Hood, becoming the new Sheriff of Banshee. Trying to reconnect with his former lover, Anastasia, both learn that he "has become a distant (violent) version of the man he once was".

The show's fourth and final season began in April 2016. Also in 2016, Starr portrayed main character Garrett Hawthorne on the CBS crime/mystery series American Gothic. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

In January 2018, it was announced that Starr was cast as The Homelander in The Boys, Amazon Studios' adaptation of the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic book of the same name. (Source: en.wikipedia.org In January 2018, it was announced that Starr was cast as The Homelander in The Boys, Amazon Studios' adaptation of the Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson comic book of the same name. (Source:en.wikipedia.org eIn the series, he appears to be greatly enjoying playing opposite Karl Urban, another of New Zealand's actor exports. "We've got an American show with a Kiwi playing an all-American hero psychopath and another Kiwi playing an Englishman. It's a pretty bizarre mix-up" said Starr. (Source:n.wikipedia.org)))

Andreeva, Nellie (March 12, 2012). "Cinemax's Alan Ball-Produced New Series 'Banshee' Casts Antony Starr As Its Lead". Deadline Hollywood. (Source: en.wikipedia.org Coleman, James (November 2010). "The rise and rise of Antony Starr". NZonscreen. NZ on Air. Retrieved November 7, 2011. (Source:en.wikipedia.org eAndreeva, Nellie (January 17, 2018). "'The Boys': Antony Starr, Chace Crawford, Dominique McElligott & Jessie Usher Cast In Amazon's Superhero Drama Series". Deadline Hollywood. (Source:n.wikipedia.org)))

Adams, Josie (September 6, 2020). "New Zealand's Antony Starr on playing an all-American monster in The Boys". The Spinoff. Retrieved October 8, 2020. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1975, Antony Starr got his start on a couple of episodes of "Xena: Warrior Princess" (Syndicated, 1995-2001), and had his first substantial part on "Shortland Street" (TV2, 1992-) in 2001. Set in a New Zealand hospital, the soap opera was the longest running drama in the country's history. In 2001, he premiered in his first series regular role on another medical drama "Mercy Peak" (TV1, 2001-04). He gained a bit of international exposure in 2004, when he appeared in the US comedy "Without a Paddle" (2004) and "The World's Fastest Indian" (2005), starring Anthony Hopkins. In 2005, he debuted in as his break out role(s), playing twins on the New Zealand comedy-drama "Outrageous Fortune" (TV3, 2005-2010). Starr played sons of the matriarch of a crime family who has decided it's time for the family to give up crime. The role made him a star in New Zealand and garnered him a number of awards. In 2011, Starr appeared as a series regular in the final season of the Australian police drama "Rush" (Network Ten, 2008-2011). Another Australian drama, "Tricky Business" (Nine Network, 2012), followed, but failed to gather an audience. The same year, he got rave reviews for his role in the complicated drama "Wish You Were Here" (2012). In 2013, he premiered as the nameless ex-con, who takes over the identity of the new Sheriff of a small town in "Banshee" (Cinemax, 2013-). (Source: www.rottentomatoes.com)

Antony Starr has all the makings of a leading man: cerulean-blue eyes that convey sensitivity and just a little bit of mischief; the kind of chiselled-marble jawline that could slice a phone book cleanly in half; a name that sounds made up but isn’t. Once you’ve seen him on screen, probably for the first time, in Amazon’s superhero send-up The Boys, you, too, will wonder exactly why it is you haven’t seen him before. (Source: www.gq-magazine.co.uk)

“The first time I was a centaur called Mesas with a beard and long, flowing locks,” which meant that they just “put me in tights and made me stand in front of a green screen pretending to be a horse with some weird skippy gallop,” Starr says. Beaming down the camera lens of his iPhone during a Zoom call from his Los Angeles home, he is, to absolutely no one’s surprise, one of the few men who can truly pull off a buzzcut. His decision to shear the blond locks he sports as the evilest superhero of them all, Homelander, has paid off. (Source: www.gq-magazine.co.uk)

Arriving in Summer 2019 a few months after Avengers: Endgame (and just after superhero saturation point for most people), The Boys defied expectations to become a massive hit for Amazon: the platform doesn’t reveal viewing figures, but a rapid-fire two-series renewal speaks volumes. It was an excellently paced and tightly plotted eight-episode first series, which did something new with the genre without reinventing the wheel story-wise. Starr is as thrilled about its success as the show’s fans are. “I’ve been on some shows that were less than popular, and deservingly so, because they were terrible,” he says. “They didn’t deserve to have any support, because they were executed poorly, and I would hate to be on a show that I didn’t think was very good and I’m stuck to it for five years. So this is fantastic.” (Source: www.gq-magazine.co.uk)

Homelander, with a blond quiff, a skintight blue suit and a Star-Spangled Banner cape, is a realist’s vision of Captain America. He is arguably a truer representation of modern America than Chris Evans’ character ever was. What does it take to play such a diabolical, two-faced villain? “Sometimes it’s as simple as, well, what would Superman do? And do the opposite,” Starr says. “I really love being able to turn that on its head and explore the messiness of what is arguably a more realistic take on superheroes.” (Source: www.gq-magazine.co.uk As Homelander, he abuses the power he holds over just about everyone, thanks to his unmatched abilities which include Superman-esque laser eyes and flight. He is malevolent, genuinely scary and extremely hateable – and there’s nothing anybody can do about it. And yet, there are moments of vulnerability in which you can’t help but feel a little bit sorry for him – and that is Starr’s power. (Source:www.gq-magazine.co.uk))

“I think series one was a feet-finding process,” Starr says, “and I think series two is a more self-assured take on what the show can be. I think it’s found its footing very solidly and I hope people respond to that and we continue to grow an audience. We’ve got some pretty rabid fans, so hopefully we can keep them happy.” (They’re particularly rabid around costar Chase Crawford, but that might be the Gossip Girl connection.) (Source: www.gq-magazine.co.uk Kiwi comedy crime series Outrageous Fortune was Starr’s real breakthrough, arriving ten years after his Xena debut. He played twins with opposing personalities, a stoner and a Patrick Bateman-type, and it made him a household name in New Zealand. (Source:www.gq-magazine.co.uk))



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