Swin­ton ad­mits to be­ing a man

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Tilda Swin­ton has ad­mit­ted she used pros­thet­ics and makeup to play an 82-year-old male ac­tor in an elab­o­rate hoax for her lat­est film.

The 57-year-old ac­tress is star­ring in luca Guadagnino’s hor­ror re­make Sus­piria, along­side dakota John­son, chloe Grace Moretz and oc­to­ge­nar­ian first-time ac­tor Lutz Ebers­dorf.

When pic­tures emerged on­line sug­gest­ing Swin­ton and ebers­dorf, who is play­ing a psy­cho­an­a­lyst named dr. Josef Klem­perer, were one and the same, di­rec­tor Guadagnino dis­missed the sug­ges­tions as “fake news.”

How­ever, in an email ob­tained by the New york times, Swin­ton has ad­mit­ted she was in fact the el­derly male ac­tor. asked why she was pos­ing as ebers­dorf, Swin­ton told the New york times: “un­de­ni­ably, i would have to say, for the sheer sake of fun above all. as my grand­mother would have it — a motto to live and die by — dull Not to.”

Sus­piria, a re­make of Dario ar­gento’s 1977 orig­i­nal, cen­tres on John­son’s char­ac­ter, an aspiring dancer who en­rolls in an allfe­male dance academy in ber­lin, Ger­many, that she later dis­cov­ers is run by a coven of witches.

Guadagnino said Swin­ton’s cast­ing as a man was es­sen­tial to en­sure “there will al­ways be this el­e­ment of fem­i­nin­ity” at the film’s core.

“be­ing a film about the fan­tas­tic, it was im­por­tant that we did not play by the book,” he added.

Ac­cord­ing to the pub­li­ca­tion, Os­car-win­ning makeup artist Mark coulier used pros­thet­ics to thicken the star’s neck and built out her jaw to make her fem­i­nine bone struc­ture look more mas­cu­line.

Swin­ton even cre­ated an on­line pro­file for ebers­dorf on movie database web­site iMdb. the site now redi­rects to Swin­ton’s pro­file.

“Frankly, my long-held dream was that we would never have ad­dressed this ques­tion at all,” wrote Swin­ton, who ex­pressed her re­gret that she had been rum­bled. “My orig­i­nal idea was that lutz would die dur­ing the edit, and his in Me­mo­riam be the fi­nal credit in the film.”

VeroN­iCa heNri/toronto sun files

Ac­tress Tinda Swin­ton says she hoped her por­trayal of fake ac­tor Lutz Ebers­dorf as Dr. Josef Klem­perer in Sus­pe­ria would sim­ply go un­ad­dressed.

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