Texas-born Matthew McConaughey, who starred in last year's award-winning "Dallas Buyer's Club" and HBO's "True Detective," might have been in Los Angeles at the Oscars last night, but it's back to the other La. for the actor this week as he films "Free State of Jones."
Set during the Civil War, the film will tell the story of Newt Knight, a Southern farmer who led the secession of Jones County, Mississippi, from the Confederacy. McConaughey plays real-life figure Knight, who represented poor white farmers in the creation of a "Free State of Jones." "The Americans" star Keri Russell has been announced as playing his wife, Serena Knight, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw will play Rachel, the former slave Knight falls in love with. His relationship with Rachel established the region's first mixed-race community, and Knight continued his fight into the post-war period, becoming legendary for his rebellion.
McConaughey visited Jones County and was pictured in Jackson, Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama, earlier this month. On Saturday, he was pictured on set outside New Orleans looking pretty grizzly with a beard and tattered vest. Casting calls for the film have drawn extras from all over South Louisiana for filming expected to continue this week and next, asking them to "stop all
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Think it's safe to say we're all terrified after last night's opening episode of "American Horror Story: Freak Show." Sarah Paulson with two heads, Evan Peters with lobster hands and Kathy Bates as the Bearded Lady were a welcome respite from Twisty the Clown, who is sure to reappear in viewers' nightmares all season. We live tweeted the show with @AynW and @NewOrleans (where the show if filmed even though it's set in Jupiter, Florida). The clown scared the pants off just about everyone, and Jessica Lange wowed us with her version of David Bowie's "Life on Mars." If last night was any indication, "Freak Show" is going to be the creepiest season yet — and possibly the best.
Show creator Ryan Murphy dished to Entertainment Weekly about the new season of "American Horror Story" recently. He talked about where the idea for the show came from — Jessica Lange's interest in the lost and forgotten carny world — the plot as being a version of civil rights for performers, John Carroll Lynch as Twisty the Clown and the lack of a supernatural element. Let's face it, clowns are terrifying enough.
Murphy told BuzzFeed that Twisty was created to be the most terrifying clown of all time and admits he's a bit scared of Twisty/Lynch himself. "I’m worried about people being too afraid of our clown," he said. "It’s heart-stopping what he does. I’m worried that people are going to have cardiac arrests … The clown’s intro in the first episode is … It’s brutal."
EW also has a slideshow of 21 new photos from Freak Show, and you can hear Jessica Lange's German accent as Elsa in the clip below.
Stay tuned for more updates, live tweeting with @AynW when the show airs October 8 and the return of our location guide.
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