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Lange throws shade at Gaga's 'American Horror Story' casting?

2015-06-19
When the news broke last year that American Horror Story: Freak Show would be Jessica Lange's fourth and final outing with the horror anthology series, some wondered whether the show would be able to pack a punch without its Emmy-winning matriarch. Those fears were allayed somewhat after creator Ryan Murphy announced earlier this year that the upcoming fifth season, Hotelwould star none other than Lady Gaga - who's already appeared on the big screen in Robert Rodriguez films Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - but now Lange has seemingly thrown some not-so-subtle shade on the Applause singer's casting. lange feat Speaking to the Daily Beast about her time on the show, the 66-year-old was asked about her thoughts on Gaga leading American Horrow Story: Hotel, to which she replied: "She’ll be surrounded by all those great actors." She added: "I have no idea if she’s an actor or not. But I'm sure it will all work out... All I can say is she’s going to have good writing and she’s going to have great actors to work with. It’s a good start." Not a particularly ringing endorsement, is it? Read the exchange in full below:
The new season is about to start filming and the lead torch is being passed to Lady Gaga. You were asked about it at the Paley Center panel, how you felt about her taking over, and people were trying to read into what you were saying by what you were not saying. What did I say? I don’t remember. You didn’t say much… The question was, now that she was going to do it would I be interested in coming back to work with her or something. Which was an interesting way to phrase that question. It was a near-impossible question to answer. It reminded me of what Gertrude Stein supposedly said on her deathbed. When she said, “What is the answer? For that matter what is the question?” That’s how I felt. What is the question? So the more clear question would be: How do you feel about her leading the show in your absence? She’ll be surrounded by all those great actors. The same ones I had the great opportunity to work with. I have no idea if she’s an actor or not. But I’m sure it will all work out. I don’t know what the season is, what they’re doing, what the premise is, who the characters are. But all I can say is she’s going to have good writing and she’s going to have great actors to work with. It’s a good start.
Now what would really be amazing is if Ryan Murphy made good on those promises and persuaded Lange to return for an eleventh hour showdown with Mother Monster. MAKE IT SO. Although plot details regarding AHS: Hotel are being kept under wraps, Murphy is said to be planning a large ‘reinvention’ for the show’s fifth season - and already implied earlier this week that Lady Gaga and Matt Bomer are about to form two sides of the gayest heterosexual love triangle ever. American Horror Story: Hotel airs in the US in the autumn on FX. More stories: The 10 Fiercest Women of ‘American Horror Story’ Woman’s amazing response to complaint over ‘gay’ garden