'Stranger Things' Season 2 Fight Scene Between Billy & Steve "Wasn't Too Bad," According To Joe Keery


One of the most unexpected delights from Stranger Things Season 2 is the character arc of "Slowly Maturing Steve." He's gone from last season's bully jock to a guy who recognizes his educational limitations and his role as a good partner — both when he's with Nancy and how he handles the breakup after she leaves him. Plus, he finds his own inner hero when faced with the demodogs. Actor Joe Keery, who plays the heartthrob with a hairdo of gold, discussed his changing role, including that Stranger Things Season 2 fight scene with Billy that had everyone talking.

This is the second time in two seasons that his character has taken a beating, and Keery jokes that it'll happen again in Season 3.

Last season, Steve's beating was the character's comeuppance, as he gets taken down and bloodied by Will Byer's outcast brother Jonathan (Charlie Heaton). It's less a moment to care about Steve than one to cheer on an underdog finally taking down his tormentor, first for breaking his camera, and then for allowing Nancy to be called a slut on the town's movie marquee board.

This season when Steve gets beaten, it's a completely different ball game. Instead, his attacker is the new jock-bully in town, Billy. (The Duffers admitted in the aftershow Beyond Stranger Things that Billy was created to take the place of the character Steve was originally meant to be.) Now we're rooting for Steve to win the fight. But sadly, the guy who couldn't beat Jonathan does even worse against a real menace.

Unlike last year, where Heaton accidentally landed actual punches to Keery's face during filming their fight choreography, working with Dacre Montgomery, who plays Billy, made the fight scene go far more smoothly.

But while the fight scene might have been Steve's nadir, Keery was overall, really happy with where his character went this season, especially his unexpected bonding with Dustin.

Of course, the real question on everyone's minds: Was the Luscious Steve Locks hair care regimen shared with Dustin the real deal? Were there really products in the '80s with names like Faberge and Farrah Fawcett?

Actually, yes, though they're all discontinued now, obviously. But apparently Keery's own dad remembered them. As far as the actor's concerned, he thinks they should come back with a vengeance now, since hipster hair is such a big thing.

Let's hear it for male hair care products, America. It's time all of us admit how much work goes into our hair.