May 8, 2011 11:26

Sufjan Stevens suffered 'breakdown' while watching 'Fantastic Mr Fox'

Singer-songwriter speaks about 'supernatural' sensory illness

Sufjan Stevens suffered 'breakdown' while watching 'Fantastic Mr Fox'

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Sufjan Stevens has revealed he suffered a breakdown while watching Wes Anderson's 2009 film Fantastic Mr Fox.

The singer-songwriter opened up about the "mysterious and debilitating" illness which delayed work on his last album, 2010's 'The Age Of Adz'. He said the ailment left him feeling "like I was possessed".

Speaking to The Observer, Stevens recalled watching the animated Roald Dahl adaptation and experiencing a sensory overload.



He claimed he was forced to take a Xanax tablet to help him calm down during the incident. He has since watched the "beautiful" film again and reported "no negative response".

Talking about the first time he experienced the illness a few years ago, Stevens said: "This was really supernatural. It was like I was possessed."

He added that he felt extreme adrenaline surges in his chest, intense lethargy and pins and needles in his mouth, hands and feet.

Now claiming to be on the mend, Stevens is due to play a UK and Ireland tour this month, including two gigs at London's Royal Festival Hall (May 12 and 13) and a slot a Brighton's Great Escape festival (14).

The jaunt is scheduled to move on to Gateshead (16), Dublin (17 and 18) and Manchester (19).

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