Lesbian Actress Valorie Curry on Playing Anti-Gay, Anti-Trans Villain Firecracker in ‘The Boys’: “I really connected with her right off the bat.”

Lesbian Actress Valorie Curry on Playing Anti-Gay, Anti-Trans Villain Firecracker in 'The Boys': "I really connected with her right off the bat."
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The Boys is one of the most popular superhero series in the world, and its fourth season premiered on June 13, 2024, with the first three episodes. The season is currently Certified Fresh with high ratings, and Amazon has reported that the series also saw an increase in viewership. Despite that, some fans are review-bombing the season due to its increased political undertone, which shows that the writers have decided to give it their all when it comes to political satire. One aspect of that satire is a new character called Firecracker, a new supervillain who will have a prominent role in this season.

Not that long ago, we reported on who influenced the character, as showrunner Eric Kripke confirmed which US politician influenced Firecracker. Now, we also know what the actress, Valorie Curry, thinks about the influence behind her character, and it turns out that there is some The Boys-level irony behind that story.

In short, we reported that Eric Kripke confirmed that Republican politician Marjorie Taylor Greene was the inspiration behind Firecracker. Greene is a far-right politician and conspiracy theorist, a member of the Republican Party, and a strong supporter of Donald Trump. She has promoted horrible antisemitic and white supremacist views, as well as ludicrous conspiracy theories, including the white genocide conspiracy theory, QAnon, Pizzagate, the government’s involvement in mass shootings in the United States, implicating the Clinton family, and that the attacks of 9/11 were a hoax.

This satire makes sense within The Boys, but when Valorie Curry was approached to portray the character, the irony really kicked in. Namely, as of several years ago, Curry identifies herself as queer, so the fact that she – of all people – was asked to portray an overzealous anti-queer character is the pinnacle of irony, but that is exactly what you’d expect from The Boys. And while you might think that Curry would reject such a role, she jumped right in, seeing an opportunity to elevate the satire to a completely new level:

“It sounds so gross to say, but I really connected with her right off the bat. [I am happy to play somebody she finds personally abhorrent, who’s] so vocally anti-trans and homophobic, because it should be somebody from the community who’s getting to make a clown out of her. So there isn’t any ambiguity. The show satirizes so much of what’s happening culturally, whether it’s #MeToo or the Republican Party.”

Source: THR

She did say, though, that she found some of the conspiracy theories her character supports a bit too ludicrous, a bit too far-fetched, but was surprised when Kripke would actually tell her: “That’s actually a direct quote [from a politician].”

As you can see, Curry is a true sport here and we have no doubt that her appearance as Firecracker will be wholly memorable, so we can only praise her approach, as well as the series’ boldness in general. This is what we have for you as of the time of writing, but Season 4 of The Boys is currently airing and there will be more updates in the upcoming weeks, so be sure to stick around, as we on Fiction Horizon are going to keep bringing you the latest information as soon as possible.

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