Tilda Swinton Requested A Prosthetic Penis For Her ‘Suspiria’ Role

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Method acting at its finest

On Wednesday, it was revealed that Tilda Swinton played not one, but two, roles in Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria. In an interview with the New York Times, Swinton and Guadagnino confirmed that Lutz Ebersdorf, the actor credited for the role of Dr. Klemperer, was actually Swinton in heavy makeup. What's more, Swinton requested prosthetic genitalia be created for this role. 

“She did have us make a penis and balls,” Mark Coulier, the makeup artist for the film, told the Times. “She had this nice, weighty set of genitalia so that she could feel it dangling between her legs, and she managed to get it out on set on a couple of occasions.” Now that’s what we call method acting.

In addition to the physical changes, which there were many of, Swinton also wrote a fake IMDb profile for Ebersdorf to keep her second character a secret. Her hope was that no one would find out: “My original idea was that Lutz would die during the edit, and his ‘In Memoriam’ be the final credit in the film.”

There was, however, a reason behind her tackling the role of a man in the film. Guadagnino told the Times that Suspiria is a “movie about female identity,” and casting Swinton as Dr. Klemperer, the only significant male role in the film, ensured that “there will always be this element of femininity at its core.” He continued, saying, “Being a film about the fantastic, it was important that we did not play by the book.”

Swinton echoed that it was important for the role to be played by a woman. “Klemperer is inhabited by the phantasm of his lost wife,” Swinton said of the character. “He is, in this crucial respect, ‘played’ by a woman. She dictates the rhythm of his life in the everyday texture of his bereaved loneliness.”

Apparently, Swinton’s prosthetic package is still out there, but Coulier doesn’t know quite where. “Probably in a box somewhere!” he told the Times. “I should try and find it, and put it on a plaque on the wall of my workshop.”

Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Agyness Deyn also star

Elisabeth Moss is trying to keep it together as punk rock artist Becky Something in the trailer for forthcoming movie Her Smell. She's surrounded by iconic faces who make up her band Something She, Gayle Rankin as Ali van der Wolff and Agyness Deyn as Marielle Hell, as she grapples with the fact that her musical prowess just doesn't draw as big a crowd as it used to.

In addition to the wavering fame, Becky is "grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom," according to a press release. "When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success." And what's clear from the trailer, Moss is absolutely meant for this role, transforming into the punk on the brink of collapse.

Rounding out the cast are Ashley Benson, Cara Delevingne, and Dan Stevens. Watch the official trailer, below. Her Smell hits theaters on April 12 in New York and 14 in L.A., with "national expansion to follow."




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In an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards

As The 1975 accepted the BRIT Award for Best British group, outspoken frontman Matty Healy shared the words of journalist Laura Snapes as a way of calling out misogyny that remains ever-present in the music industry. Healy lifted a powerful quote from Snapes' coverage of allegations against Ryan Adams for The Guardian: "Male misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."

Snapes reacted almost immediately on Twitter, saying she was "gobsmacked, and honoured that he'd use his platform to make this statement." Snapes had originally written the line for an interview she published with Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek back in 2015, in response to Kozelek publicly calling her a "bitch" who "totally wants to have my babies" because she requested to speak in person rather than via e-mail, which she brought up in the more recent piece on Adams. Kozelek's vile response, and the misogyny that allowed it to play out without real consequences, it could be argued, could have easily played out in the same way in 2019, which makes her reiteration of the line, and Healy's quoting it on such a large platform, all the more important.

It should be noted that back in December, Healy caught a bit of heat himself on Twitter for an interview with The Fader in which he insinuated that misogyny was an issue exclusive to hip-hop, and that rock 'n' roll had freed itself of it. He clarified at length on Twitter and apologized, saying, "I kinda forget that I'm not very educated on feminism and misogyny and I cant just 'figure stuff out' in public and end up trivializing the complexities of such enormous, experienced issues."