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Ryan Murphy: "Gaga improvised the last line" ("Your boy has a jawline for days")

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This whole interview is full of spoilers so I won't be posting that. If anyone is interested just click the link at the bottom. 



ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: This one looks so different. Freak Show had much more static shots. Hotel has a ton of movement and fish eye-lenses. Why that choice?

RYAN MURPHY: Every season has a different tone. I think last season was literally about being out in the open and being exposed and naked and nowhere to  hide with your differences. This season is more paranoid. It’s more claustrophobic. It’s more about hiding things. Hotels by nature are a good place to store secrets. [AHS cinematographer] Michael Goi and I sorta came up with a look. Also one the things that was an inspiration to us this season was the idea of the peepholes. We had the title sequence around that. Visually it’s supposed to be a representation of somebody can always watch you.


Gaga’s introduction was incredible. Between the penthouse and the cemetery and the foursome, what was it like shooting all that?

Some critics and some people have written about Gaga that her introduction is almost like she’s in a silent movie. As you will see, that’s the whole f—ing point. It was a very hard sequence to shoot. It took a really long time over several locations and Gaga’s first day she dropped the veil and there she was! She was such a great pro about it. It’s one of my favorite things I’ve personally ever directed on the show because I like telling that whole story with no dialogue. But that was the entire point: We’re setting up a silent world to come.


So the vampires don’t have fangs. Was that just because you wanted a different twist on the genre?

Well I was interested in it being a little different. I liked doing vampirism but I didn’t wanna do vampires. I was interested in it being some sort of weird, almost biblical virus that has its own good and bad properties. It leads to a super-charged immune system. But we’re not doing the thing about you can only kill them with a silver bullet or a stake. If you walk in front of a car, you die. They are very much mortals but they have this virus that impedes the aging process. It’s based on stuff that’s happening right now with stem cell research and all that stuff. It’s really not to me that crazy or fantastical of what could come in the next couple of years. The show always plays with mortality and the idea of aging and beauty.


You tweeted that you officially asked Gaga back for season 6. What did she say?

I’ll never tell. That’s something that she has to deal with and announce or not announce when she feels comfortable based on her schedule. I never expect an answer right away and I don’t expect an answer about this right away. But I think she’s just so great in it. I think the first episodes are very weird. I think it’s hard to review the first episode of the show. A lot of people write that like, “We don’t know what the fuck is happening.” There’s so much set up and we’re creating a world. I’ve seen more than half the episodes now and I think it’s really quite extraordinary and I think she’s a great actress. I think she’s got a very special talent. So I just went to her and said, “I’ve loved having you on the show so much — if you wanna come back, I’d love to have you. I have a couple ideas.” I told her that and she hopped on a plane to New York. So I’m anxiously awaiting her return next week where she’s shooting more scenes. It’s pretty amazing when somebody like Kathy Bates calls me up and says, “I just did a scene with Gaga and I’m shaking because she’s so convincing and I’m so terrified of her.” Gaga gets that all the time on our set. I’m very thrilled by her.


And you said she improv’d “Your boy has a jawline for days.”

Yes it was the last take. I think what was scripted was “Your boy is beautiful” or something. I said, “Say something else!” She’s sitting there like a spider and she ad libbed that. Poor Matt Bomer who was supposed to be comatose I believe almost died from holding in his laughter.


Are there already clues in the premiere to what season 6 would be?

This is an interesting year in that the idea that we’re dealing with I’ve mentioned in several seasons. It’s been there before. We’ve actually talked about it a lot on the show. I might do that for season 7 but I’m leaning towards that for season 6. 



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