Soldier Boy or Dean Winchester? Jensen Ackles reveals who has bigger DADDY issues!
Jensen Ackles was the flavor of 'The Boys' Season 3. After making his much-awaited appearance as the famed Soldier Boy (a rather grisly and twisted version of Captain America), the 'Supernatural' star took the show by storm, and now with the Amazon Prime Original done and dusted, the actor shed light on his character and drew parallels with Dean Winchester, the character that saw him climb the rungs of fame.
In an interview with Variety, Ackles spoke about one common issue in both series. Winchester and Soldier Boy both had daddy issues and both shows use that as pivotal storylines. In 'Supernatural', Ackles' character had a rather stormy bond with his father John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). The other sees Vought use him as an experiment and injects him with a chemical that gives him his abilities.
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When asked which of the two characters had major daddy issues, Ackles was quick to say. “Oh, definitely Soldier Boy," he replied. "He definitely had the worst father and has more deep-rooted issues because of it. With Dean, I don’t think Dean was ever looking, necessarily, for his father’s approval in the way Soldier Boy was. He just idolized his father in a way that was unique, given their circumstances, given the fact that they lived in a world that was much, much different than a relationship would be.
"Also dealing with the fact that his dad was motivated by revenge and he was John Winchester’s mini-me, essentially," he added. "He was his little soldier. I think it was less about his approval, and more, ‘This is what I’m supposed to do because it’s what my father taught me to do.'”
The star also added that his character in 'The Boys never fit in earning his father's respect even after becoming Soldier Boy. This led to him rejecting his own son, Homelander (Antony Starr) and his grandson Ryan (Cameron Crovetti) for not living up to the legend status he acquired over the decades. "Dean idolized his dad and had him definitely on a pedestal.” And Ackles has been thinking about Dean’s dad a lot recently, given that he is executive producing The CW’s upcoming “Supernatural” prequel series “The Winchesters.”
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“Now, certainly, you could pick at that pedestal all day long,” Ackles opined. “But I think John Winchester did truly love his sons and what he did, you could certainly argue that it was the wrong way of going about it, but it was all rooted in love. He felt the way he did and set off on the journey that he set off on because of the love of his wife and his family. It’s the classic situation of doing the right thing the wrong way."
'The Boys' Season 3 is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.