The Weeknd says he wanted his character on ‘The Idol’ to be a ‘scumbag’


Weeknd wanted his fans to be ‘disgusted' by his character

debuted his new HBO series film, , earlier this month where he stars as Tedros. During a recent interview with Complex, Abel admitted that he didn't want viewers to “romanticize” his character and deliberately wanted Tedros to be “a fucking scumbag.”

“I wanted to make sure we felt so disgusted by this character,” Weeknd explained. “When you think about real-life scumbags, especially brainwashing cult leader types like him, there are so many directions you can go. I went into it, like, ‘Why pull the punches? Why take you down a journey and romanticize him? Let's just jump right into it. He's a fucking scumbag.”

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