You are about to see something very disturbing. Something that might possibly ruin your weekend. Something so grotesque that the devil himself quickly scrolled past it on his Twitter timeline. It is an image summoned from a place several shades darker than hell. Are you ready?
O.K., take a deep breath. Gird your loins. Look:
So, what is this absolutely cursed image? Its Golden Globe-winning actor Damian Lewis, somewhat in character as the late Toronto mayor Rob Ford for the upcoming movie Run This Town. Scissors have shorn off a chunk of the uncanny prosthetics that will transform the svelte Brit into the substantially larger Ford. Its the same dark magick that turned Gary Oldman into the portly Winston Churchill for Darkest Hour, shepherding him from past scandals toward his first Oscar.
Lewiss casting was met with some skepticism when it was first announced, as he looks nothing like the controversial Canadian politician. But as a few paparazzi pics have shown, the films makeup team has done a pretty convincing (albeit terrifying) job of turning the actor into Ford. As another stealthy photo has shown, the star also looks incredibly creepy when hes only wearing half of his prosthetics.
But this latest image of Lewis is absolutely haunting. It should come with not one, but an infinite number of trigger warnings, piling on top of each other to the point where you never have to see the image at all. The hundreds of thousands of people who follow Lewis on Twitter by choice should not be confronted with this contorted Beelzebub doppelgänger of the former Homeland star. When Kanye Westtweets about people with “dragon energy,” this is it. This is what hes talking about. Be afraid.
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Yohana DestaYohana Desta is a Hollywood writer for VanityFair.com.