Swin­ton re­veals ‘fun’ hoax

Ac­tress in makeup plays 82-year-old man in hor­ror film

Calgary Herald - - YOU -

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

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 plays a psy­cho­an­a­lyst named Dr. Josef Klem­perer — are the same per­son, di­rec­tor Guadagnino dis­missed the sug­ges­tions as “fake news.” But 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 en­rols in an all-fe­male dance academy in Ber­lin 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 said.

The New York Times says Os­car­win­ning 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.

Lutz Ebers­dorf

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