American horror story: freak show
it takes nerves of steel to watch freak show, american horror story’s (2011current) fourth season. from killer clowns to orgies, it’s not for the faint-hearted. but the interesting facts behind the show are almost as freaky as the actual series… to stop storylines leaking, most of the actors receive just their lines, not a full script. jessica lange (who plays elsa mars this season) and sarah paulson (who plays beth and dot tattler) are the only two who see the entire script. jessica was going to be a supporting actress in the first season, but series creator ryan murphy loved her so much that he rewrote her entire storyline and made her a main cast member. jessica’s also been involved in some of this season’s continuity errors. freak show is set in 1952, but when elsa performed david bowie’s life on mars (1971) in episode 1 and lana del rey’s gods and monsters (2012) in episode 3, those songs hadn’t even been written. gods and monsters also features the line “i’m living like jim morrison”, but rock star jim would’ve been nine years old in 1952. erika ervin, who plays amazon eve, is transgender. the character was meant to be a man, but erika auditioned and ryan murphy loved her for the role. rose siggins, the actress who plays legless suzi, really is legless. she has two children in real life – son luke (15) and daughter shelby (8). twisty the clown (john carroll lynch) is based on real-life serial killer john wayne gacy. he worked as a clown at kids’ parties and killed over 30 boys between 1972 and 1978. pepper (naomi grossman) is the first horror story character to appear in multiple seasons; she previously appeared in asylum (2012). there’s a good chance that she’ll survive this season, as asylum took place in 1964 and freak show is set 12 years earlier.
Jessica lange’s hitting the high notes as singing freak show owner elsa this season.