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The Real Reason Mother's Milk From The Boys Looks Familiar

The superheroes of The Boys present themselves as saviors through-and-through, while behind the scenes (and sometimes out in the open) they're some of the worst people on the planet. The titular Boys, a group of (mostly) non-superpowered people trying to take those superheroes out of commission and make the world a safer place, have their hearts in the right place, but they're far from perfect themselves. In fact, it's hard to find anyone to really root for on The Boys. It's truly a show that revels in moral ambiguity.

As far as The Boys themselves are concerned, if they have a hero, it's obviously Marvin T. Milk — better known as Mother's Milk. Many of his fellow Supe hunters have all but lost their sense of compassion (see: Billy Butcher, played by Karl Urban), but Mother's Milk just can't let it go. The man even left The Boys at one point in order to try to nurture his humanity — for his family's sake. Duty calls, however, and Mother's Milk returns, never allowing The Boys' quest for vengeance to completely destroy the good man inside.

That the character believably sticks to his ideals despite the grim despair he faces every day is a testament to the writers, of course, but also the actor behind the killer: Laz Alonso. If he seems familiar, here's where you might have seen him before.

Alonso lacked compassion in Fast & Furious

The Boys and the Fast & Furious franchise have little in common (other than some good ol' fashioned cinematic violence, of course). The former is a scathing deconstruction of the superhero genre, while the latter is a series of action films about illegal racing and perilous heists. One thing they do have in common, however, is the presence of Laz Alonso.

In Fast & Furious — the fourth film in the nearly 20-year-old franchise — Alonso plays antagonist Fenix Calderon, a dangerous drug runner. His boss, Arturo Braga (John Ortiz), routinely tasks him with hiring drivers to cart around his heroin before killing them all in cold blood to cover his tracks. Not the nicest guy in the world, quite unlike Mother's Milk, but Alonso is more than capable of making both seem equally convincing.

Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) discovers all this while working as a double agent, leading to her supposed death at Calderon's hands. Series mainstay Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel), who also happens to be Ortiz's boyfriend, is quick to exact vengeance, crushing Calderon between two cars. What can we say? The man lived fast and furiously, and he died just how he lived.

Alonso was a fearsome warrior in Avatar

To this day, James Cameron's Avatar is hailed as a landmark in epic sci-fi filmmaking, boasting some of the most beautiful visuals to ever grace a movie screen, while still managing to tell an entertaining story packed with themes of love, environmentalism, and colonial exploitation. With a whopping four sequels on the way, expectations are sky high. The characters are at least a part of why the bar is set where it is, and in the first film Alonso had the honor of playing one of them — through voice and motion capture, that is.

Tsu'tey is one of the Na'vi, tall blue humanoids that make their home on the jungle planet Pandora. He's not just any Na'vi, though. He's the best warrior the Omaticaya Clan has to offer. That level of skill comes with a certain arrogance, much of which Tsu'tey directs at Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a human training to be a Na'vi through the Avatar Program. Arrogance becomes anger when Tsu'tey discovers the budding relationship between Sully and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), though the two men ultimately set their differences aside and form a close bond.

The film's final battle pits Tsu'tey and Sully against the corrupt Resources Development Administration — Sully's former employer. Despite his unmatched prowess, Tsu'tey falls in the fracas. Sully finds him later, and in their final exchange, a dying Tsu'tey asks Sully to put him out of his misery. It doesn't matter one bit that the conversation takes place between two giant blue aliens. Alonso's performance makes the two seem as close as brothers. That's the power of good acting.

Alonso played a detective in The Mysteries of Laura

It's always nice to find a police procedural that features a female leadThe Mysteries of Laura is just one great example, and one that also happens to feature Laz Alonso. The series stars Debra Messing as Laura Diamond, an NYPD homicide detective and single mother of twin boys. Alonso's Detective Billy Soto is a dear friend and police partner to Diamond. Their relationship is purely platonic, and it works extremely well whether they're on or off the clock. Detective Meredith Bose (Janina Gavankar), however, sees Soto as more than a friend, though the man is so oblivious to her advances that he's unsure even after she blatantly kisses him. What Soto lacks in common sense, he makes up for in being a good friend, a good detective, and a good man.

From ruthless drug-runner to loyal warrior to oddly charming detective to superhero slayer, Alonso has had quite a diverse Hollywood career so far. He's a treat to watch, and that's not likely to change no matter where he ends up next.