When Jensen Ackles joined the cast of The Boys for season three, he knew exactly what he was getting into. The shock factor has always been one of the show’s main selling points, so it only made sense that the extremely graphic scenes would continue. Episode 6, “Herogasm,” is a testament to this approach, in addition to some other particularly racy and violent moments.
But despite the already over-the-top storyline featured in the season, there was a part of the script that made Ackles realize there was a limit to how far he was willing to go with the character. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the actor admitted that he spoke to showrunner Eric Kripke and said something along the lines of, “As a father, son and husband of three and a self-respecting person, I can’t do that. I didn’t know where mine was.” line was, but you found it.”
Thankfully, Kripke didn’t have a problem with Ackles refusing to film the controversial scene, saying, “We worked out a compromise where I got what I needed without his soul destroying co-star Karl.” Urban later found out what had happened and was very amused. He commented, “When Jensen Ackles makes calls like, ‘I don’t know if I can do that,’ you know you’re in the right place.”