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Tilda Swinton Is Hollywood's Most Intoxicating Weirdo

Updated September 11, 2020 47.5k votes 10.5k voters 1.1m views17 items

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Tilda Swinton is arguably one of the strangest, most unpredictable 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 as a true avant-garde personality, and her co-stars speak highly of her for it. 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 cut squarely against the grain.

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 because their eccentricity is what makes them so talented.

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    The Actress Would Only Respond To An Interviewer Via Unusual Methods

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    When Tilda was set to be interviewed for GQ magazine as part of a feature that was naming her Woman of the Year, she ended up forcing her interviewer to contact her in a rather strange way. Rather than use emails, she asked to only be contacted with very specific methods. In her message, the actress said, “Please send me a message in a bottle or tied to a pigeon or even to the neck of my white hen, speckled jim, who disappears every night.”

    When GQ writer Zach Baron then tried to get in touch using her usual email address, he received an automated message that explained how she would not be available to read it until the year 2070.

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    She Plays Lutz Ebersdorf, The Actor Who Plays Dr. Klemperer In 'Suspiria'

    During the 2018 festival circuit, critics lauded Supsiria for the phenomenal acting - namely that of Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and an unknown German actor named Lutz Ebersdorf. Ebersdorf plays Dr. Klemperer, the film's third lead. 

    Eagle-eyed viewers believed that Swinton actually played Dr. Klemperer, but any time someone asked Swinton or director Luca Guadaginino if this was true, they denied the claims. In fact, during the 2018 Venice Film Festival, Swinton went as far as to suggest an Oscar campaign for the "private" actor, who was not in attendance.

    In October 2018, Swinton came clean in The New York Times, saying that people weren't asking the right question. People often asked Swinton if she was playing Dr. Klemperer, to which she would say no. When Kyle Buchanan at the Times asked if she played Lutz Ebersdorf, however, Swinton said the answer was "an unequivocal yes."

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    At One Point She Earned All Her Money Gambling

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    One unusual occupation that many people may not realize Tilda has held is professional gambler. At the time, she was working with Derek Jarman on artistic films that didn’t pay particularly well. She opted to boost her income by betting on horse racing while living in London.

    “I was a professional gambler,” explained Swinton in the GQ interview. “When I lived in London, there were a couple of years when I didn't really earn money doing anything else.”

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    An Art Exhibition Had Her Sleep In A Glass Box For A Week

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    As well as being an actor, Tilda Swinton has performed in a number of other roles. Most notable among these are her work as a model and performance artist. This artistic side drove her to create a special exhibition that she first introduced in 1995 at the Serpentine Gallery in London. It involved Tilda essentially just sleeping on a white mattress inside of a glass case.

    The display was later repeated in both Rome and New York where it attracted a large number of visitors.

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