Info on FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” has been coming in slowly but surely, and in Entertainment Weekly’s Fall TV Preview we learn a bit more about all the characters…
…especially John Carroll Lynch’s “Twisty the Clown” and a very popular one who’s returning from “Asylum.”
Per EW, this season’s main villain is a nasty fella (and murderer) named Twisty the Clown, portrayed by Lynch, who has retired in Jupiter, Florida, and is not thrilled by the arrival of the freak show.
“He’s out to make their lives a living hell,” explained “AHS” exec producer Ryan Murphy. “He’s wearing a mask on the lower part of his face, and there comes a point in the season where he takes the mask off, and when you see what’s under, you will faint in terror.”
As for whom the previously announced Wes Bentley will be playing in this season’s two-part Halloween episode, it’s a character named Edward Mordrake. “He is a very famous horror myth,” revealed Murphy. “It was a man with two faces: a normal face and then a face on the back of his head that would whisper evil things and force the forward-facing entity to commit horrible crimes.”
Now that we know the bad guys, what else did EW reveal about the “Freak Show”? Here are a few highlights; for the rest be sure to hit the link at the bottom of the page.
First off, Murphy has confirmed that Naomi Grossman will be returning in the role of Pepper, who first appeared in Season 2, “AHS” Asylum.” “She is in this [season],” Murphy told EW. Since “Freak Show” takes place in 1952, a good 12 years before the events of “Asylum,” we’ll learn, according to Murphy, “what happened to Pepper before she went to the asylum.”
With regard to Jessica Lange’s character, former German cabaret star Elsa Mars, “[She] is very manipulative,” said Lange. “She understands what’s needed, and she provides it. However, the thing I want to be very clear [is] that Elsa really loves these people. She truly cares for them in her own selfish, narcissistic way. It’s not just exploitation.”
As for conjoined twins Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson), they are two very different personalities sharing one body. “It’s not as simple as nice and evil,” Paulson teased. “It’s more complicated, in true Ryan Murphy style.”
Jimmy (Evan Peters) was born with lobster-like hands, and his mother is bearded lady Ethel (Kathy Bates), “Elsa’s right-hand woman [who] helps run the camp and [acts as] sort of the guardian of the law,” according to Murphy. Jimmy’s father and Ethel’s ex-husband, Dell Toledo (Michael Chiklis), is a strongman who’s on the run from the law. Dell’s new wife, Desiree Dupree (Angela Bassett), is a three-breasted performer, a role requiring Bassett to wear a prosthetic that covers her entire chest.
Emma Roberts and Denis O’Hare play a pair of con artists; Frances Conroy is a wealthy woman whose son (Finn Whitrock) wants to join the freak show; and Gabourey Sidibe portrays a socialite who returns home to Jupiter when her mother (Patti LaBelle) goes MIA.
Check out photos of several cast members below, and as always, expect more soon!
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” debuts October 8th at 10:00 PM on FX.
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” – Episode 4.01 – “Monsters Among Us” (airs 10/8/14)
One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television. When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show (Lange) sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin. Written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk; directed by Ryan Murphy.
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