In a delightful surprise for fans, “Gen V” featured a cameo from none other than Jensen Ackles, reprising his role as Soldier Boy from “The Boys” in a dream sequence that has viewers and critics alike talking. The episode, titled “Jumanji,” takes a surreal turn when characters Marie, Andre, and Jordan venture into Cate’s subconscious, only to encounter Soldier Boy in an unexpected role: Cate’s imaginary boyfriend.
A Scene Stealer
The cameo becomes a highlight of the episode, with Soldier Boy recounting, in graphic detail, his role in Cate’s sexual awakening. The scene, rich with Ackles’ comedic timing, plays off with high humor and a touch of absurdity, fitting for the dream-like context.
Behind the Cameo
The inception of this cameo, as shared by “Gen V” executive producer Eric Kripke with TV Insider, was a blend of opportunity and improvisational brilliance. Initially, the character in Cate’s mind was meant to be Taylor Lautner, tying into a running joke. However, Lautner’s unavailability prompted a quick pivot to Soldier Boy, capitalizing on the character’s popularity.
Kripke, leveraging his friendship with Ackles, pitched the cameo idea, leading to a whirlwind of logistics to bring Ackles on set. Despite a tight schedule and ongoing work on another show, Ackles committed to the role, flying out to Toronto for a rapid filming session.
What truly set Ackles’ performance apart was his improvisational skill. During filming, he unleashed a barrage of euphemisms, delivering each with comedic precision. This ad-libbing was so effective that, in post-production, the team faced the happy dilemma of selecting the best takes, eventually deciding to incorporate multiple improvised lines due to their quality.
Fan Reactions and Future Anticipation
The response to Ackles’ cameo as Soldier Boy has been overwhelmingly positive, with fans praising his comedic chops and the refreshing twist on his character. This guest appearance, while brief, stands as a testament to Ackles’ versatility and his ability to leave a memorable mark, regardless of screen time.