Featured on “American Horror Story: Freakshow,” Twisty the Clown might very well earn the title of scariest clown of all time. Yet a new interview with the man behind the “AHS” killer mask is letting people see that this frightening jokester has some talented acting chops up his colorful sleeve. Broadway World News reports this Thursday, October 23, 2014, that actor John Carroll Lynch was initially hesitant to take on the creepy role, but was apparently up for the challenge on the “AHS” set.
As many fans of the ongoing “American Horror Story” can attest, one of the scariest parts of this show’s “Freakshow” season is Twisty the Clown. This silent killer says virtually nothing, has a half-lidded mask that seems to cover an absence of a mouth, and is clearly seen brutally slaying his innocent victims without rhyme or reason. Now, John Carroll Lynch is opening up about what it’s like to play this nightmare-causing clown. The 51-year-old star says that it’s the difficulties the “AHS” part poses that actually drew him towards it in the first place.
“I knew that the character was going to be primarily silent and that was a challenge,” Lynch revealed in his new interview. “I knew the character, most of his face was going to be covered and that was a challenge. It’s like if you were boxing and somebody said, ‘We’d like you to fight that guy, but we’d like you to fight that guy just with your feet and we’ll tie your hands behind your back.’ I would say no to that challenge, but I said yes to this one.”
While some people likely couldn’t stand being the villain, let alone a veritably twisted killer like Twisty the Clown, Lynch is apparently cool with all the bloodshed. If anything, it allows him to work with the brilliant mind of “AHS” show co-developer Ryan Murphy and be a figure that is truly bad down to the bone.
“It’s great to play a character that is so starkly drawn, and it’s really fun to be a bad guy,” added the actor. “In this case I really like that (co-creator) Ryan [Murphy] and the writers have provided not only a really terrific, scary character, but also they provided a lot of humanity that you’ll learn about as the season progresses.”
Yet according to a report from Beauty World News, what Lynch feels really makes Twisty a character that people cannot turn away from on the screen is the strange sense of innocence that surrounds his downright violent acts on “American Horror Story: Freakshow.” Behind this killer’s mask, there is this sense of naïveté apparent “pureness,” the 51-year-old adds.
“[The show’s clown’s] actions are definitely horrific, but his motives are really strangely, oddly pure, and that’s what is most human and most disturbing about it … I don’t intend to advocate for the horrific characters, but I hope they reflect humanity at its most vicious because we need to really look at ourselves and see it,” noted the man behind the mask and unsurprising “AHS” breakout character. “Otherwise, we’re deluding ourselves into thinking we’re not capable of it.”
The actor concluded by saying that the role might even make people think about their own lives, thoughts, and behaviors. It may be hard to reflect on initially, but Carroll Lynch thinks that there is something important and memorable to gain from Twisty’s role in the “Freakshow.”
“You can have the most wonderful motives for what you do, but if what you do harms other people, you’re fooling yourself. I hope that’s what people get out of [this character]. I hope they see a reflection of their own lives. Even if it means they need to look at what they’re actually doing, not what they think they’re doing.”
While Twisty’s (lack of) seeming humanity certainly grabs in viewers on Wednesday’s nights this fall 2014, some real-life clowns are not at all happy with this nightmarish figure. In fact, some prominent members of Clowns of American International (yes, it exists; CAI is the most well-known professional clown organization here in the U.S.) say that the depiction is bad for business and negatively preys on fears people may have about clowns.
“We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or ‘clown fear,'” asserted the club ‘s president, Mr. Glenn Kohlberger, in reaction to “American Horror Story” and it’s now famous “funny” figure.
What do you think of Twisty the Clown? Do you agree that he is the scariest clown of all time? How are you feeling this latest edition of “AHS” with the incredible Jessica Lange and the rest of the ensemble? Is it better or worse than last year’s season of “Coven?”