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Cody Fern (born July 6, 1988) is an Australian actor, writer and director portraying the Anti-Christ, Michael Langdon, in the eighth season of American Horror Story, subtitled Apocalypse. The following year, Fern returned for another major role, as Xavier Plympton, in 1984.

Career

Cody Fern took part on several theatrical productions such as the Shakespeare WA's production of Romeo and Juliet, Lindsay in the Black Swan Theatre Company's Jandamarra, and The Enchanters at the State Theatre of Western Australia. He also appeared on short films such as Western Australian Screen Award-winning picture Still Take You Home (2010) and The Last Time I Saw Richard (2014).

He appeared as Jim Mason in The Tribes of Palos Verdes and wrote, directed and starred in the short film Pisces opposite Keir Gilchrist in 2017. In 2018, Fern made his television debut in Ryan Murphy’s acclaimed The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story as Minneapolis architect David Madson, who was forced to go on the run with Andrew Cunanan. He later portray Duncan Shepherd on the final season of House of Cards in 2018.

Cody Fern on his role as Michael Langdon

  • "I think it’s important, first of all, to say that I understand there’s a separation between who I am and who the character is. But when I’m investigating who Michael is or when I’m in his skin, I’m looking at the world through his eyes. I’m not looking at it through the eyes of someone who is evil or malevolent, or who wants the world to end. I’m looking at it through the eyes of someone who is lost."[1]
  • "In his mind, he draws out the evil within other people. He tempts them and pushes their buttons and finds out how willing they are to go. [...] He’s drawing it out; he’s not putting it there. It’s not something that he’s done, it’s something that he’s revealed. So in that sense, he’s a very righteous character."[1]
  • "If you watch [American] Horror Story very closely, you’ll notice that Michael is drawn to very strong women. [...] When Cordelia walks up to the warlock school, he’s finally found somebody he can respect. So for me as Michael in this female-dominated world, it didn’t feel like I was playing in the gender dynamic because Michael moves so seamlessly between them. To me, Michael doesn’t have a gender. He’s very fluid in how he presents himself, his emotions, his sexuality and how he’s able to entice men and women. It was an interesting battleground."[1]

Notes

  • Originally, Cody Fern's role was kept a secret with a different name in the script: Elijah Cross.[1]
  • Cody Fern researched for the role of Michael, and read the Old Testament and Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.[1]

Appearances

Apocalypse

1984

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Strause, Jackie (November 2, 2018). American Horror Story's' Antichrist Responds to Church of Satan Criticism: "He's a Righteous Character. The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. Harnick, Chris (July 27,2018). Who Is Michael Langdon? Cody Fern Is American Horror Story: Apocalypse's Villain (?). E!Online. Retrieved on 2018-07-30.
  3. Ryan Murphy announces Michael Langdon's Return in AHS:Apocalypse
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