Legion: Dan Stevens says his Marvel series mirrors real life

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Dan Stevens has been speaking about Legion, and how this trippy X-Men TV series mirrors real life. This mind-bending show was created by Fargo’s Noah Hawley, and its upcoming second season comes highly anticipated.

Dan Stevens stars as David Haller, a troubled mutant who struggles to distinguish between his mental health issues, the villainous parasite living in his head, and his own hard-to-control telepathic powers. How exactly does any of that link to reality? Well, according to Mr Stevens, David’s paranoia is highly relatable in this day and age:

“It wasn’t deliberate on any part, but I’m sure it had something to do with people’s appetite for a show like this that people are questioning the nature of reality very much at the moment and the theme of paranoia and somebody who’s been diagnosed a paranoid schizophrenic.

“The idea of paranoia has always fascinated me anyway. I think increasingly we live in a very, very paranoid society and you know since the ‘70s really.”

Elaborating a little, Stevens touched on a scary headline that he saw in real life recently, which sounds like comic book science fiction:

“It’s odd to me that phrases that you might think of as being part of the comic book universe are now entering our headlines. So the idea of a company mining data to exploit your ‘inner demons,’ I saw that in a headline the other day and it blew my mind and I was like, ‘What are they talking about?’ That is straight out of Legion.”

He’s got a point there. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for relatable storylines, then, when Legion season 2 arrives on Fox UK on April 17th 2018.

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