The cast and creative team behind “American Horror Story” got their freak on at the TCL Chinese Theatre Sunday night, with cast members including Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters and Michael Chiklis in attendance for the premiere of “Freak Show,” the fourth iteration of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology.
FX president John Landgraf noted that the series has “arguably the best ensemble cast of any television show ever,” highlighting the franchise’s 51 Emmy nominations and numerous wins in a pre-screening speech. Landgraf praised Murphy as “the most prolific producer of his generation — who else would take on the impossible challenge of creating an entirely new world and set of characters each year like he does with ‘American Horror Story’?”
“Ryan has a unique ability to capture the cultural zeitgeist,” Landgraf added. “He speaks for the freaks, and yes, deep down, we’re all freaks.”
In his own opening remarks, Murphy again praised the cast — particularly Lange, who came up with the idea for the season — and the “extra-ordinary” special ability performers who joined the show after an exhaustive search. “This is our biggest and most moving year,” Murphy said. “I think you’ll agree this is our most exciting year yet. Get your freak on!”
After the premiere screening — which featured Murphy’s typical blend of humor, shocks and pathos — guests headed across the street to the Roosevelt Hotel to dine on short rib, sea bass and roasted vegetables, as well as test out a “dragon’s breath” station which utilized dry ice to allow guests to imitate the mythical beasts while nibbling on rice krispie treats.