There are some simple, necessary steps we all must take to help stop the spread of COVID-19. All of us have to practice safe social distancing. We also have to make sure we are consistently washing our hands thoroughly. Because you don’t have to be a superhero to help save the world right now. You just need to do the right thing. That’s the message from some of our favorite masked vigilantes, who want to ensure we’re all cleaning up correctly. The cast of HBO’s Watchmen came together for a new video that answers that age old question, “Who washes the Washmen?”
Some of the stars of Damon Lindelof’s hit series helped put together a fun how-to video on how to wash our hands correctly. It includes Tim Blake Nelson, Danny Boyd Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jean Smart, Dustin Ingram, Sara Vickers, Tom Mison, Regina King, and Andrew Howard. But this isn’t another celebrity mashup like the unfortunate “Imagine” group singalong. They all did it in character.
So of course the masked vigilante-obsessed Special FBI Agent Dale Petey did his dressed as Sister Night. It’s an absolutely perfect touch to this video, but it’s not the only one. Vickers’ Ms. Crookshanks sings “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” rather than “Happy Birthday,” in honor of her former master Adrian Veidt. And Mison’s Mr. Phillips—all of them—manages to do a spot-on impression of Jeremy Irons’ Ozymandias.
Obviously we know how our favorite “stay-at-home dad,” Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Dr. Manhattan managed to be involved even though he died. He filmed his part long ago, because he knew the coronavirus was coming. (And in classic Dr. Manhattan fashion, did nothing to stop it.)
So remember, no superheroes are coming to save us. But now’s a chance where it doesn’t take much for us to act like ones. “Who washes the washmen?” All of us.