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Tilda Swinton Is Hollywood's Most Intoxicating Weirdo 

Nathan Gibson
Updated May 12, 2020 32.3k votes 9.4k voters 1M views 17 items

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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 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 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 because their eccentricity is what makes them so talented.

She Comes From One Of The Oldest Families In Scotland
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Tilda Swinton can trace her lineage back to the Middle Ages. The Swinton Clan, in fact, is one of the oldest families in Scotland. Her great-grandfather is the former Lord Lyon Captain George Swinton, Secretary to the Order of the Thistle from 1926 to 1929, and her father is the former head of the Queen's Household Division. 

The Swintons go all the way back to the ancient Kingdom of Northumberland, and are also one of the first known families to have landed in Britain. 

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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 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."

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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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