Total Nerd Tilda Swinton Is Hollywood's Most Intoxicating Weirdo  

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Tilda Swinton is arguably one of the strangest actors in Hollywood in addition to being one of the best actresses working today. Throughout her career, she has been involved in a number of weird events that mark her out as a true avant-garde personality. With her androgynous appearance, love of artistic films and performance art, as well as a strange outlook on life in general, there are plenty of times Tilda Swinton has behaved bizarrely.

There are numerous weird things Tilda Swinton has done that would be headline news if any other major celebrity had committed them. These range from lugging around a mobile cinema through the Scottish Highlands to organizing an art exhibition where she slept in a glass box in a museum. These bizarre acts shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. It is often the case that the most talented people can be a bit quirky as their eccentricity is what makes them so characteristic.

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She Didn’t Speak For Five Years After Spending Time In Boarding Schoool


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At a young age, Tilda Swinton was sent to an all-girls boarding school. She hated this experience completely, feeling as if it was just preparing the children there for marriage rather than to be independent or strong women. The boarding school was so harrowing to her that she believes that she may not have even spoken for around five years from the age of 10 thanks to bullying and a feeling of intense loneliness that came with being away from her family.

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She Pioneered A Portable Movie Theater That She Pulled Through Scotland


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Tilda Swinton wanted to put on a special film festival for the people living in the Scottish Highlands. Along with the Northern Irish director, Mark Cousins, and 40 other volunteers, she pulled a mobile cinema on the main roads of Scotland. Each night, the 35-ton vehicle would be unfolded to create a portable movie theater in a village so that the residents could watch films that they might otherwise never get the chance to experience on the big screen.

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She Rented A Bingo Hall For An Impromptu Film Festival


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Swinton loves organizing film festivals. After noticing that an old bingo hall in her hometown of Nairn in Scotland was available to rent, she quickly got in touch with directors Mark Cousins and Joel Coen to set up an impromptu film festival. Open to any member of the public who put their name forward, it showed movies that the three organizers liked. Even though it was only intended to be a small affair, the Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams ended up attracting people from across Europe and even Australia.

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She Contemplated Killing Her Younger Brother


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Perhaps the strangest thing that Swinton has admitted in an interview is that she had wanted to kill her younger brother when she was a child. In a case of extreme sibling rivalry, she had actually gone into his room with the purpose of murdering him. It turned out, though, that she actually ended up saving his life and no one knew about her killing intent.

"I remembered when I was four or five, I tried to kill my own brother," she said in the interview. "I went into his room to kill him, saw some ribbons from a bonnet going into his mouth, and began to pull them out. And I was discovered saving his life. So I had this strange reputation - my brother's savior - and no one knew I wanted to kill him."