With American Horror Story: Freak Show's debut inching closer and closer, FX has unveiled a new trailer and 11 character posters to get fans ready for for the season premiere, "Monsters Among Us", airing Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET on FX.
These 11 new character images offer a new look at Freak Show manager Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange), conjoined twins Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson), the Bearded Lady Ethel Darling (Kathy Bates), the Three-Breasted Woman Desiree Dupree (Angela Bassett), strongman Dell Toledo (Michael Chiklis), Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock), Dandy's mother Gloria Mott (Frances Conroy), the collector of freaks Stanley (Denis O'Hare), Lobster Boy Jimmy Darling (Evan Peters), fortune teller Maggie Esmerelda (Emma Roberts) and the Man With Two Faces, Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley). Take a look at these images below, then read on as series creator Ryan Murphy reveals new details about this season's primary villain, a horrifying clown played by John Carroll Lynch.
One of the main characters who wasn't pictured above is the primary villain, Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch). Series creator Ryan Murphy revealed in a recent interview that they wanted to make the most terrifying clown ever for this season, whose actions are so horrific that even crew members have been having nightmares about him.
""We said in the writer's room that if we were going to do clowns, we were going to create the most terrifying clown of all time. That was our goal when we were writing him, but I'm worried about people being too afraid of our clown. It's heart-stopping what he does. I'm worried. I'm worried that people are going to have cardiac arrests... The clown's intro in the first episode is ... even I was terrified of it. It's brutal. Two crew members told me they have had nightmares about this clown since we started shooting and they're not even scared of clowns. I think he's pretty extraordinary because, when you see why he's a clown and why he's wearing the mask ... just you wait."
John Carroll Lynch, who stands 6 feet 3 inches tall, revealed his imposing presence can be intimidating on the set.
"I have a physical presence that has to be dealt with. People are honestly terrified of me. Just standing around in the makeup, not even filming. They're freaked out."
The actor went on to say that, while the things Twisty does are truly deplorable, he does have pure motives for his actions.
"His actions are horrific, but his motives are really strangely, oddly pure. And that's what is most human and most disturbing about it. As an actor, I've given up judgement of evil, as long as it's human evil - we have to see ourselves for what we really are, and we're capable of horrific things. 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. Otherwise, we're deluding ourselves into thinking we're not capable of it. I know that I'm capable of doing anything that I've done as any character I've played. I'm grateful I'm not drawn to doing it, so I haven't done it, but I'm capable. 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]. If it terrifies people, I'm OK with that - this show is called Horror Story after all - but 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."
American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET on FX.