First-look photo of Evan Peters as Andy Warhol on “American Horror Story: Cult” is here. Shared by co-creator Ryan Murphy on his Instagram account, the photo sees Evan looking shockingly similar to the leading figure in the visual art movement a.k.a. pop art.
The actor is seen sporting Warhol’s signature platinum blond locks, which are styled exactly like Warhol’s. Evan completes his transformation with a pair of black shades and a white-and-red striped T-shirt. “Evan Peters or Andy Warhol?” so Ryan captions the snap.
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Lena Dunham, meanwhile, is set to appear in the coming episode as Valerie Solanas, a woman who tried to kill Warhol. In addition to Warhol, the co-creator confirms that Peters will be portraying a slew other famous cult leaders on the FX series. Charles Manson, David Koresh and Jim Jones are among others.
“Ryan told me I was playing Andy Warhol and so I immediately started doing research on him and just fell in love with him,” Peters said previously to Entertainment Weekly. “I thought he was amazing and the ’60s and The Factory and that whole world to live in is so fun. So it was great to learn about him but challenging to get his mannerisms and his speech and his state of mind. I would just listen to him constantly.”
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan dubbed the cult leaders “idiots.” He added, “But for some reason in the culture at that time there was something going on that people were so disenfranchised that they were, like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to follow you, Charles Manson, and I’m going to do whatever you say.’ ”
“American Horror Story: Cult” airs on Tuesdays at 10 P.M. on FX.