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The Boys Season 3 Character Clearly Inspired By A Notorious Hollywood Legend
By JOSHUA MEYER
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"The Boys" Season 3, Episode 5.
When viewers tuned into "The Boys" this week, they were treated to an appearance by none other than Paul Reiser, the comedian and actor known for his roles in "Aliens," "Mad About You" and "Stranger Things." In "The Boys," Season 3, Episode 5, "The Last Time to Look on This World of Lies," Reiser plays The Legend.
In the episode, The Boys reach out to the cigar-chomping, one-legged former Vice President of Hero Management at Vought International for help finding Soldier Boy. Meeting at his home, they find him wearing tinted sunglasses indoors and his walls covered with photos of him with '70s stars like Burt Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, and others.
The Legend’s mention of being at a party after the premiere of "Marathon Man” makes it pretty apparent he is based on onetime-head of Paramount, Robert Evans, with the showrunner later confirming this. This large deviation from the comic was simply a stylistic one by the production team.
Showrunner Eric Kripke said, “In the comics, Garth [Ennis] very definitively based The Legend on Stan Lee, and that was because Garth was living in a comic book world. But in our world, movies and television are the primary source of superhero media. When you think of a producer from the '70s and '80s you land on Robert Evans pretty quickly.” He also said the character was a "blast to write" and that we will see more of him.