Ryan Murphy hasn’t revealed major details about the next season of American Horror Story, but he recently alluded to an interesting character pairing.
The last information we received from American Horror Story‘s Ryan Murphy was that production on season 10 was at a crossroads. That said, the strange fate of the series – whose cast and theme was teased via Murphy’s Instagram – has gotten stranger, albeit in a way that’s bound to please genre fans.
I was 10 when John Hughes’ Home Alone was released. I saw the movie in theaters, and eventually wore out the family VCR through countless viewings of the videocassette. I was gaga for the phenomenon that was Macaulay Culkin, maybe because I envied his ability to inflict such awful carnage on the bumbling Wet Bandits (the great Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) but avoid any real-world repercussions. Lack of accountability – that’s what being a kid’s all about!
Despite Culkin keeping a somewhat low profile through the 2000s (with recurring gigs on Robot Chicken and The Jim Gaffigan Show), seeing his name among the upcoming American Horror Story ensemble brought about waves of nostalgia and speculation. After all, we loved him as the abandoned kid fending for himself in PG-rated family comedies…but what will his grown-up self bring to the decidedly harder-edged darkness of American Horror Story?
According to People, Murphy had this to say regarding his pitch to Culkin:
"“[It’s a] very, very great insane part. …I told him [his character] has crazy, erotic sex with Kathy Bates and does other things. And he paused and he goes, ‘This sounds like the role I was born to play.’ So, he signed up right then and there.”"
While it may sound like an odd pairing, I’m genuinely intrigued. After all, Bates is as versatile as she is prolific, and rarely gives less than 100% in her performances. She brought the “rabid fan” cliche to transcendent, three-dimensional life in 1990’s Misery (and won an Oscar for her efforts), and has inhabited a wide range of characters through multiple seasons of American Horror Story, which means she’s clearly on Murphy’s wavelength.
And if you dig far back enough in his filmography, you’ll see that Culkin made his (uncredited) debut in the 1985 made-for-TV horror, The Midnight Hour. He also appeared opposite Tim Robbins in Jacob’s Ladder and portrayed one of the great child psychos in The Good Son.
What I’m saying is: this could be a match made in horror heaven.
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