Lutz Ebersdorf from Suspiria

Could Suspiria's mysterious 82-year-old actor really be... Tilda Swinton?

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Aug 26, 2018

The previously unknown actor Lutz Ebersdorf may be someone much more familiar than the obscure German philosopher he says he is.

Could the supernatural power of prosthetics have transformed Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton, who plays dance academy director Madame Blanc, into an 82-year-old man? You might think you’ve seen everything after Doug Jones morphed into an amphibious boyfriend and an alien with the best runway model strut ever. Now you might be questioning whether you’ve actually seen everything.

Seriously, Ebersdorf’s IMDB profile sounds like that of a character straight out of the doomed Tanz Academy in Luca Guadagnino’s remake of the 1977 horror film Suspiria. He was only 2 when his family supposedly fled Nazi Germany in 1938, briefly living in Geneva until they settled in London. As an adult, Lutz ventured back to Munich in 1954 to study philosophy and—get this—Gestalt psychology and psychodrama.

So what does this mean in terms of whether he actually exists?

Tilda Swinton, Suspiria

Credit: Amazon Studios

Ebersdorf plays psychologist Dr. Jozef Klemperer, a new character who mirrors Dr. Frank Mandel from the original film who also investigated the chilling secrets hiding in the school’s shadowy halls.

Now really think about Ebersdorf’s course of study. Perceiving meaningful things in the midst of chaos is the heart of Gestalt psychology, which sounds suspiciously like what Suzy, Sara and the other dancers experience when they try to make sense of things they weren’t supposed to find out about in the first place. Psychodrama is a type of therapy that has subjects acting out events from their pasts.

Look past Ebersdorf’s wrinkles and really study his facial features compared to Swinton’s. In March of last year, the Telegraph posted a side-by-side comparison of Swinton and Ebersdorf in a slideshow about the transformative magic of prosthetics and makeup. There is something about that stare and the line of the mouth that is just unmistakable. The shape of the face and brows could also be dead giveaways.

Take “dead” very seriously.

(via Heat Vision)

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