Ten Highlights Of American Horror Story Freak Show Post-Premiere Interview With Ryan Murphy (EW.com)

…and much, much more!

You know, normally we’d just re-blog this, but this piece was so long and packed with interesting information– and dish– that we’re going to relate ten of the most interesting points given when Ryan Murphy spilled his guts (so to speak) on EW.com right after the American Horror Story Freak Show premiere …THEN give you the link. There’s plenty about the Freak Show season to come, that’s for sure. So, according to Ryan Murphy (and EW.com’s Inside TV, the source for all this)…

  • The new, all-animated opening credits have plenty of little hints in them, goodies for the fans that, if you pay attention closely, will tell you what will be happening this season (eek).
  • The colors in the credits are deliberately dimmed to signal “the end of an era” when it comes to the old-school-style freak shows.
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  • Jessica Lange’s character Elsa was inspired by Marlene Dietrich (which fans have figured out by now), but also Bette Davis. The monkey-fur coat she wears is a real coat made of monkey’s fur, and weighs about 80 lbs, according to Murphy. The first time she wore it, the temperature was over 100 degrees. At some point, Lange got fed up and ‘made’ Ryan Murphy wear it to see how horrible it felt.
  • We will find out the back story about the big reveal at the end of the episode (Elsa’s legs). There will be lots of flashbacks.
  • Murphy knows what S5 will consist of and is interviewing actors now. He also says there are hints dropped about the theme during the first two episodes.
  • A scene usually takes 4-5 hours to shoot. If a scene has Sarah Paulson as the Twins in it, it can take 20 hours. Also, Ms. Paulson “pre-records most of her dialogue. So she’s wearing an invisible earwig when she’s doing scenes with herself,”  Murphy explains.
  • Yes, that was a deliberate Baltimore accent Ethel (Kathy Bates) has. According to Murphy, she worked very hard to perfect and sound like a character straight out an earlier John Waters movie.
  • The woman billed as “The Tallest Woman Alive,” Amazon Eve (played by Erika Ervin), was written for a man (originally called Johnny Long in the Pants).  The actress auditioned Murphy liked her so much that he re-wrote the part for her.
  • Jessica Lange never dated or had any, er,  intimate relations with David Bowie (much to Murphy’s disappointment). There will only be five musical numbers tops, one a Fiona Apple cover, and a Lana Del Rey ‘song’ (we think they should have stuck with Bowie). Kurt Cobain’s name was also brought up, so hopefully they’ll pick a great Nirvana song.
  • Dandy may become Twisty the Clown’s apprentice (and we’re guessing, eventual victim). At least two people at the premiere walked out of the theater because Twisty was too scary for them. We will see the bottom of his face in episode two, and we’ll find out about his gruesome reason for it in episode… well, you’ll have to click here read the EW.com piece to find out which episode his backstory shows up in!
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This… just… no.

There’s much, much more, including guest stars Matt Bomer and (hopefully) Neil Patrick Harris. The piece is a must-read if you’re already hooked on this season… which many of us are!

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Source: Tim Stack, EW.com.

 

 

 

 

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