A very famous Hollywood actress has finally come clean about the fact she wore prosthetics to play her own male co-star.
Tilda Swinton might be known for her ability to lose herself in her characters, but she underwent a complete transformation to become an 82-year-old man for a role in horror film, Suspiria.
The British actress plays Madame Blanc in Luca Guadagnino's remake of the 1977 cult classic, but she has now admitted that she also played the role Dr Josef Klemperer.
When rumours that the actress had taken on both roles did the rounds earlier this year, Guadagnino dismissed it as “fake news” and an IMDB account was even set up for a mysterious Lutz Ebersdorf, who was credited with playing the character.
The fake profile read: “In 1938, when Ebersdorf was just two, his family fled Nazi Germany: first for Geneva in Switzerland, and then to London.
“Spending most of his youth in Camberwell, London, Lutz returned to Munich in 1954, where he studied Philosophy, taking a particular interest in Gestalt psychology and Psychodrama.”
Asked about why they had chosen to keep it a secret, Swinton told the New York Times that it had been “for fun”.
“Undeniably, I would have to say, for the sheer sake of fun above all,” she said. “As my grandmother would have it - a motto to live and die by - Dull Not To.”
The film’s makeup artist, Mark Coulier, revealed that they took the transformation a little further than just facial prosthetics as Swinton insisted on having male genitalia.
“She did have us make a penis and balls,” he said.
“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.”
Swinton is known for her love of physical transformations, and notably starred as the elderly Madame D in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Suspira, which co-stars Dakota Johnson and Chloe Moretz, will be in UK cinemas from November 16.