Sufjan Stevens Had a Mental Breakdown During Fantastic Mr. Fox

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 12: Sufjan Stevens attends rehearsals during a photo call for "Jazz In The Domain" as part of the 2008 Sydney Festival in the Domain on January 12, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mike Flokis/Getty Images) Photo: Mike Flokis/2008 Getty Images

While promoting Age of Adz in the U.S., Sufjan Stevens was cagey about the debilitating illness he suffered while writing the album, but now that he's embarking on a U.K. tour, he's opened up a little. (Crossing the Atlantic makes everyone more candid, apparently.) According to the Soof, his illness — which doctors were never able to properly diagnose — involved a feeling of lethargy coupled with intense adrenaline surges in his chest, mimicking the sensation of being poisoned. "This was really supernatural," he told the Guardian. "It was like I was possessed." In fact, it left Stevens so sensitive to crowds, noise, and stimuli that he swore off movies for three months, then had a breakdown while watching Fantastic Mr. Fox that was only averted by a quickly gulped Xanax. Fortunately, Stevens is now on the mend — and he's even dared to watch the Wes Anderson stop-motion film again, calling it "beautiful" and this time acknowledging "no negative response." [Guardian UK]