Tilda Swinton finally confirms a unique dual role in Suspiria

Tilda Swinton Suspiria

Tilda Swinton Suspiria

When asked by the paper whether she was playing the role, she replied: "An unequivocal yes".

Suspiria, a remake of Dario Argento's 1977 film, stars Dakota Johnson as the new pupil at a prestigious dance academy in Berlin that turns out to be a front for witchcraft.

Of course, that begs another question. "As my grandmother would have it - a motto to live and die by - Dull Not To". She's simply a woman playing a man in a horror film about femininity. "She dictates the rhythm of his life in the everyday texture of his bereaved loneliness".

It took four hours to apply all of the prosthetics for Tilda to play the character, for which she also specifically asked for a prosthetic penis. And it does sound like she was having fun with it, including a request to the makeup department to make, in makeup artist Mark Coulier's words, a "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". Read the full story on Swinton's secret role in The New York Times.

"This is a movie that is very connected to psychoanalysis", he said. In fact, the striking features that have served Swinton well in other transformations were of no use as Klemperer. He used prosthetics to thicken her neck and built out her jaw to make it look more masculine. For months now, Amazon Studios and "Suspiria" cast and crew have been claiming the character is played by Lutz Ebersdorf, with Swinton even reading a statement on behalf of Ebersdorf at the film's Venice Film Festival press conference.

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Lutz Ebersdorf is no longer on IMDb and searches for him now go to Tilda Swinton aka Lutz Ebersdorf.

The ruse might have held longer had a paparazzo not snapped a photo of Swinton as Ebersdorf during production in Berlin, then sold it to USA services two winters ago as a picture of Swinton as disguise. Rumors swirled that the actor was somebody famous in prosthetic makeup, with most rumors naming co-star Tilda Swinton (possible swan) as the actor in the Lutz Ebersdorf suit. "It did bother me".

"The intention was never to fool anybody", Swinton said. The film is mysterious and packs an emotional punch (Quentin Tarantino reportedly cried after a screening), but one mystery in particular has finally been illuminated: the real identity of one of the actors.

"Curiously, to date, nobody has thought of it", Swinton told the New York Times over email.

"My original idea was that Lutz would die during the edit, and his 'In Memoriam" be the final credit in the film'.

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