Paul Reiser was introduced as “The Legend,” the nickname of Vought’s former head of hero management, in the final episode of “The Boys,” Season 3, just before the world saw him in the role as the “Stranger Things” hero. Star didn’t take notice of the Emmy-nominated Amazon Prime Video series until showrunner Eric Kripke and Co. contacted him for the guest spot.
“I knew very little about the show. I hadn’t seen the show. I don’t think I had heard of the show,” Reiser said diversity. “It’s so funny to me that it’s getting this nice response, people are enjoying the character and loving this season. I have friends who are passionate about this series, they just can’t stop watching it. But it’s so funny for me because that’s not my world. If you put a gun to my head in a million years, I couldn’t create something like this. But the fun part is getting invited and stepping in.”
When invited to The Boys party, he sat down to find out what the show, based on the comics by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, the Mad About You and Kominsky Method graduate, sat down and watched a few episodes before taking on the role.
“I thought, ‘Oh, this is different. It’s really wild,'” Reiser said. “My 21-year-old son, who’s really open minded and loves the show, I had to say to him, ‘So you’re being gross on purpose? OK, so this is different.’ Because if you didn’t know, it would be violent and graphic and horrific. But then you’re like, ‘Okay, these guys really know what they’re doing.'”
Reiser’s “The Boys” character The Legend is a fan favorite from the original comics, in which he is a vulgar parody of legendary Marvel comics writer Stan Lee. But for the Amazon series, the role was changed to be more of an old-school Hollywood power player a la Robert Evans, which is why Reiser had no idea of the Stan Lee connection until he spoke to him Diversity.
“No, I don’t think I even knew that until today, until you said it,” Reiser said. “I didn’t know the comic at all, I didn’t know the character at all. And I’ve never heard from the guys when we were talking about it being a Stan Lee [parody]. Now it makes sense! Someone tweeted, “Oh you definitely wanted Stan Lee, but there was a little bit of Robert Evans.” I left, never thinking about Stan Lee, really thinking about Robert Evans.”
Reiser said he even provided design hints for The Legend, which the writers of The Boys were very receptive to.
“From my very first conversation with Eric, there were a few things about the character that I wasn’t comfortable with, and he was like, ‘Well, let’s move that and take that out and put that in,'” Reiser said. “And that’s a great environment to be invited into.”
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