Interview: Derren Brown
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Fresh from his BAFTA-winning series last year, Derren Brown is back with his most ambitious project ever – making an unwitting participant believe it’s the end of the world. Read on to find out more. The first two shows of your new series are titled Apocalypse. Explain a bit about them. The show is about taking somebody who basically takes his life for granted, and suffers from that lazy sense of entitlement that many of us do, one way or another, and giving him a second chance at discovering the value of what he has. So what we do is end the world for him. It's over two episodes, which I've never done before. The first part is getting him to believe that this is going to happen, that the world is going to end, or at least has a chance of ending. It was based on a seed of truth, because there was a meteor shower around August, so we just used the idea that this shower was masking a much bigger potential collision. So you've drip-fed him the idea of a potentially cataclysmic meteor collision. What next? The end of the world happens. And he wakes seemingly two weeks later in an abandoned military hospital, in a post-apocalyptic world, and goes through a meticulously-crafted horror movie plot. The point of the plot, aside from being exciting to watch, is that it takes him through various lessons that are going to be useful for him, in terms of teaching him things that he needs to know. Are his family still alive? Is he going to get back to them? Where did this idea come from?
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