Amer­i­can hor­ror story: freak show

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 1 DECEMBER -

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.

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