Twisty the Clown creeped everyone out the most in Wednesday night’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” premiere.
Unlike the other oddities, this clown stole the show and has already been called the “most terrifying clown of all time” by Ryan Murphy. Finn Wittrock, who plays Dandy Mott on the hit FX horror series, said viewers will learn more about Twisty in future episodes, according to Broadway World. Wittrock has much to say about John Carroll Lunch, who plays the character.
“I think a lesser actor would have thought of it as a ghoul or something two-dimensional and just walked around and wore the makeup and would have done nothing else … John, even when he’s just walking around, he’s really doing the work of an actor and finding some emotional depth. As the episodes go on, you learn a lot more about Twisty’s humanity, so he gets to show his chops a little bit more.”
Lynch plays Twisty the Clown quite well in the series. He’s actually played a handful of well-known characters in film and television, from the lead suspect in David Fincher’s “Zodiac” to Fred in “The Americans” to the sweet, doting husband in the Coen brothers’ “Fargo.” The recent episode was filled with multiple brutal murders and lobster-handed hookers, but it was Lynch who was managed to creep everyone out during the “American Horror Story: Freak Show” premiere.
This silent killer says virtually nothing and is clearly seen brutally slaying his innocent victims without rhyme or reason, according to the Examiner. Lynch, 51, plays the part so well that some viewers are having nightmares. From him violent interruption of a young couple’s date to his kidnapping of both a young woman and a little boy, this killer managed to keep everyone watching.
Twisty the Clown has an unusual mouth, which is also creeping people out. It’s a dirty set of teeth and there’s something about to happen on the show that will reveal the mystery behind it. Lunch said the viewers won’t like it, but an explanation is coming.
“Well, you’ll find out about his background. There’s a reason why Twisty is doing what he’s doing and it will unfold over the course of the episodes … He has a motive and in some ways he has a morality. In some ways his motives are strangely pure and strangely understandable to me. The actual aspect of what he’s doing, not so much. But he’s trying to work something out.”
Not surprisingly, the show already has been renewed for a fifth season, and Murphy is also creating a companion series, “American Crime Story,” for the cable channel.
However, not everyone is pleased with Twisty the Clown, The Los Angeles Times notes. Some children’s entertainers complained that Twisty was likely to exacerbate coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. And they might have a point.