Sean Bean takes the term workaholic to a new level on TNT's Legends.
The latest action series from Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24) follows Martin Odum (Bean), an agent in the FBI's Deep Cover Operations division who becomes so enmeshed in the personas ("legends") he adopts that the lines between his real and fictional identities start to become blurred.
"This guy ... has a kind of personality disorder, to put it mildly," Bean tells TVGuide.com. "He's a very driven man who creates characters and people from his past experiences. He's very good at it and he totally immerses himself, to a point where he kind of pays quite a big price psychologically."
Unlike poor Ned Stark, whom he played in Game of Thrones' first season, Sean Bean won't be losing his head anytime soon as Martin Odum, the rugged chameleon hero of TNT's Legends (Wednesday, 9/8c). Losing his mind, however, might be an occupational hazard.
The best parts of this otherwise disappointingly generic spy thriller depict Bean burrowing into Martin's psyche as a (what else, and wait for it) legendary FBI deep-cover operative, who commits so fully to his carefully manufactured false identities, or "legends," that he signs alimony checks with his alias's name. His unsteady sense of self only gets more confused when a hooded stranger warns him that Martin isn't even really Martin, that "everything about him is fake."
Yes, in case you haven't guessed, this special agent is apparently Bourne again, and if Legends itself falls short of instant-icon status (despite producers with Homeland and 24 among their credits), it's no fault of Bean's, who is riveting as he occasionally morphs into character before his colleagues' amazed eyes.
"Fire in the hole!" production assistants yell as three black SUVs come charging down a Stevenson Ranch, California, canyon. Suddenly, a half-dozen explosive charges ignite around the cars, sending them skidding up to a safe house, where a gun battle between FBI agents and vigilantes ensues. A hooded man sprints out of the shack to free two FBI captives from one of the vehicles and rushes them to an awaiting helicopter.
"So far, there's been a great deal of action," says Sean Bean, the smiling star of...
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Who is Martin Odum (Sean Bean)? That's the question behind TNT's thriller Legends (premiering August 13). The Game of Thrones alum portrays an FBI agent adept at assuming false identities — until a mysterious encounter forces him to question his own.
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TNT has announced the premieres for its summer shows, including Rizzoli & Isles, Dallas and Franklin & Bash. The network also revealed the series premiere date of Murder in the First, a new crime drama from Emmy winner Steven Bochco that stars Taye Diggs, Kathleen Robertson and Tom Felton.
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TNT has unveiled premiere dates for its summer shows, including returning drama Falling Skies and new series The Last Ship and Legends.
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