Kevin’s workout routine is making a sudden departure on The Leftovers.
In the wake of the Internet frenzy that erupted in Season 1 when Justin Theroux left little to the imagination during one of his character’s jogging scenes, the actor admits that the show’s forthcoming second season finds Kevin moving at a much slower pace.
“There are no jogging scenes,” Theroux tells TVLine with a laugh. “His athletic routine has really taken a dive. No running around.”
When asked if any specific precautions have been taken to prevent the Leftovers conversation from once again being hijacked by GIF culture, Theroux deadpans, “Chastity belt?”
All joking aside, Theroux admits he was “surprised” when images and video of his quasi-wardrobe malfunction started racing around the web. “Nip-slips happen… that was one of those moments,” he muses. “I wouldn’t say I was pleasantly surprised. I was just kind of like, ‘Oh, boy.’ You don’t want anything to take attention away from the show.”
For his part, Leftovers co-creator Damon Lindelof insists sweatpants-gate has not had any creative impact on the HBO drama’s 10-episode second season (premiering Sunday). “I can honestly look you in the eyes and say that I have been part of no dong-related conversations ever,” he maintains with a bemused grin. “Justin is the protector of his own manhood. And if he chooses to flaunt it, then I celebrate that. If he wants to be more discreet about it, then I embrace that as well.
“I did not expect it to be a thing,” Lindelof adds, “and I have no intention of writing towards it this season.”