American Horror Story is easily one of my favorite TV series, as its batshit insanity will always outweigh the inane plot structure and storytelling in my mind. The addition of Michael Chiklis to American Horror Story: Freak Show has only gotten me more anxious about the upcoming season, and we now have a good idea of what kind of freak he’ll be playing. (Hint: he isn’t the bearded lady.)
According to TV Line, series creator Ryan Murphy recently dropped some major info about Chiklis’ as-yet-unnamed character after being granted the Louis XIII Genius Award at the Critics Choice Awards. He will play the “strongman” within Jessica Lange’s last great American freak show, gasping for its last breath in Jupiter, Florida in the 1950s. This is hardly a surprise, as the only other two major male actors that have been announced are Evan Peters and Denis O’Hare, neither of which are quite chiseled enough to match a strongman’s description. That said, I would LOVE to see O’Hare bulk up to around 220 lbs. of solid muscle mass.
What is perhaps more surprising is Chiklis, whom we already know to be the father of Peters’ character and the ex-husband of Kathy Bates’ character, will be married to Angela Bassett. We’ve already seen American Horror Story: Asylum awkwardly handle interracial marriage in the mid-20th century, so I’m guessing this couple is going to see quite a bit of racism thrown its way, on top of whatever insults people usually reserve for freak show performers.
Murphy goes a little deeper into the strongman role and the characters he’ll be up against.
Chiklis is best known for playing lawmen facing corruption in acclaimed series such as The Commish and The Shield. How amazing would it be if he was somehow playing Vic Mackey’s sunglasses-donning father in this role?
American Horror Story: Freak Show already has a full house of performers aside from those previously mentioned, including Gabourey Sidibe, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Jamie Brewer and Sarah Paulson, who recently revealed that she would be playing a set of conjoined twins. Bates, meanwhile, told BuzzSugar that she knows what her character looks like, and has been through costume designs, but she still isn’t sure where she fits into the freak show.
Murphy & Co. will start production next month in New Orleans, so expect to discover even more show secrets before American Horror Story: Freak Show debuts later this year on FX.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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