Picking A Penis Body Double Was Just As Awkward As It Sounds For Watchmen Star Tom Mison
Spoilers below for the latest episode of HBO’s Watchmen, so be sure to check it out before reading on.
When it was announced that Watchmen was being turned into an HBO series, a certain section of the fanbase immediately considered the premium cable network to be the perfect place for creator and superfan Damon Lindelof to bring Doctor Manhattan’s superhuman blue dong to TV audiences. Lo and behold, the Lost and Leftovers creator delivered just such a colorful penis in only Watchmen‘s second episode. Well, sort of.
During the episode’s bizarro Watchmaker’s Son play performance, Tom Mison’s faux Jon Osterman was “resurrected” as Doctor Manhattan, complete with a blue body and a lack of clothing. Mison revealed that it definitely was not his penis that was seen in the episode, but it wasn’t a completely hands-off process, and he said the weirdest thing about doing Watchmen was having to pick a body double for the genitalia. In his words:
In any case, Tom Mison clearly dealt with the kinds of work duties that 99% of the jobs on this planet actively warn against, and was responsible for sorting through stacks of pictures of male genitalia. I can’t imagine whether it would be more uncomfortable to be doing that alone or in the company of others, especially if the point is looking for something comparative. (It can be assumed that Tom Mison’s dong isn’t blue, though.)
Speaking with TVLine, the actor continued:
When Doctor Manhattan states that “Nothing ever ends,” he obviously wasn’t talking about TV audiences’ long streak of not seeing Fergal’s peen on TV. Guess it’s back to the starting line for that one.
For as troublesome as that might have been, Tom Mison took it all in stride for a role that is shaping out to be one of Watchmen‘s most mysterious and question-driven characters. As one of many cloned servants of Jeremy Irons’ Blonde Man – who is almost definitely Watchmen‘s O.G. villain Adrian Veidt – Mison’s Mr. Philips was revealed in Episode 2 to be some kind of cloned entity, along with Sara Vickers’ Miss Crookshanks.
It’s a storyline that will no doubt get even more complicated in future episodes, considering Tom Mison and Sara Vickers were revealed to be playing the Doomsday Clock characters Mime and Marionette, respectively. At what point will that transition take place? And why is maybe-Veidt so obsessed with seeing his own interpretation of Jon’s life before and after his Doctor Manhattan change, to the point where he’s making one of his servants cover his nude body in blue paint? (Also, who painted him?)